California’s San Joaquin Valley produces nearly half of America’s produce—fruits, nuts and vegetables. But drought, shrinking farmland, a water war, and a wave of foreclosures have left the valley in crisis. In “The Valley of Shadows,” a Newsweek special report, documentary photographer Ken Light captures the landscapes, faces, and voices of the region. An interactive map tracks the formation of a “perfect storm” that led to the current conundrum. Light also narrates a thought-provoking slideshow that compares the Depression-era photography of Dorothea Lange to his contemporary images of economic collapse.

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Carrie Ching

Carrie Ching is an award-winning, independent multimedia journalist and producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For six years, she led digital storytelling projects at the Center for Investigative Reporting as senior multimedia producer. Her multimedia reports have been featured by, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Grist,, Fast Company, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, KQED, PBS NewsHour,, Mother Jones, Public Radio International, Poynter, Columbia Journalism Review and many other publications. Her specialty is crafting digital narratives and exploring ways to use video, audio, photography, animation and interactive graphics to push the boundaries of storytelling on the Web, tablets and mobile. Her work has been honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Best of the West, the Online News Association, Scripps Howard, The Gracies, and was part of the entry in a Pulitzer-finalist project. Prior to her time at CIR she was a magazine and book editor, video journalist, newspaper reporter and TV comedy scriptwriter. She was on the 2010 Eddie Adams Workshop faculty as a multimedia producer working with MediaStorm to teach digital storytelling techniques to photojournalists. She completed a master’s degree in journalism at UC Berkeley in 2005.