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Natalie Pattillo is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and journalist based in New York City. Her reporting bylines include the New York Times, MSNBC, VICE, Jezebel, New York Magazine, Al Jazeera America and Salon, covering social justice issues such as gender-based violence, child care access, and human rights. She received a Master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2017. Before moving to New York in 2015, she reported for Marfa Public Radio and West Texas Public Radio.
Natalie is the co-director, writer, and producer of And So I Stayed, a New York Times-acclaimed documentary about survivors of abuse who are unjustly criminalized for their acts of survival. Because Natalie has experienced domestic violence in a past relationship, her mission to uplift survivors and their stories is a personal one.
Natalie’s own experiences as a survivor, as well as the death of her sister who was killed at the hands of an abusive boyfriend in 2010, help her understand what position the survivors in the film might have been in when they were fighting for their lives. In 2020, Natalie received the Media Award from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for her reporting on family abuse and intimate partner violence.
Natalie will share her powerful story of strength and resiliency at the table. Together at the table, we can influence a culture where abuse is not tolerated, and all people feel safe and valued in their relationships.