Lili Stapel

Photojournalist & Videographer


Originally from South Carolina, Lili grew up in a culturally diverse household. Her father was a German immigrant, her mother a world traveler. She spent the better part of her childhood on road trips or planes falling in love with the world one flip-phone photo at a time.

Lili holds a Bachelor’s in Communications with a focus in Journalism, and a minor in News Photography from Western Carolina University. She’s passionate about spreading information focused on humanitarian and environmental issues through photography, videography, and writing.

She currently freelances for local papers in Sylva, NC as a photojournalist. She has previously published extensive work for topics such as Western Carolina University’s Human Decomposition Facility, The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic, Local artists within the WCU community, The invention of a new greenhouse, Public Official’s opinions on litter legislation, and numerous others in four different newspapers.

She also worked for WCU’s Department of Campus Activities as their Photographer & Videographer, The Western Carolinian newspaper as a Staff Writer, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Access Corporation as a TV Production Intern.

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