Elyse Samuels

Washington, D.C.

Visual forensics video reporter

Education: Northwestern University, BA and MS in journalism

Elyse Samuels is a video reporter for The Washington Post's visual forensics team. She joined The Washington Post's video team in October 2016 where she has worked as a Facebook Live producer, universal desk video editor and the team's first verification video editor. She has also hosted and reported for The Fact Checker.
Latest from Elyse Samuels

Most of the dead Astroworld victims were in one highly packed area, video timeline shows

Using exclusive video, interviews with witnesses and expert crowd analysis, The Post reconstructed the chaos in one section of the audience at rapper Travis Scott’s music festival.

November 24, 2021

Videos show Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert continued despite desperate pleas for help from the crowd

Videos of the night show a chaotic scene in which concertgoers tried to yell for help but were drowned out by loud music. The videos, mostly taken by members of the crowd, reveal a sense of panic that spiraled over the 70 minutes in which Scott performed his set.

November 6, 2021

    Opening statements presented in Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial

    Attorneys gave opening statements Nov. 2 in the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is charged with killing two people and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wis.

    November 2, 2021

    U.S. military admits ‘horrible mistake’ in Kabul drone strike that killed 10 Afghans

    Zamarai Ahmadi, a longtime aid worker for a U.S.-based group, was hauling water cans that military analysts mistook for explosives, according to officials and video obtained by The Washington Post and others.

    September 17, 2021

    Examining a ‘righteous’ strike

    The Washington Post provided imagery of the damage caused by the strike and U.S. military assessments of the operation to experts, including a physicist and former bomb technicians. Taken together, their assessments suggest there is no evidence the car contained explosives.

    September 10, 2021

    Photos and videos reveal crowded checkpoints, chaos at Kabul airport on day of the attack

    The Washington Post reviewed dozens of photos and videos, analyzed satellite imagery and spoke to witnesses to understand the events before and after the devastating blast. Taken together, they reveal complex a web of checkpoints and visualize a chaotic scene in the wake of the bombing.

    August 28, 2021

    With the Taliban now in control, here’s what Afghans are seeing in Kabul

    Amid the swift and definitive Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghans took out their cellphones, filming the chaos of the group’s arrival, the changes that marked their presence and the eerie calm that came next.

    August 18, 2021

    Visual timeline: The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

    Photos and videos show how the brazen attack unfolded.

    July 12, 2021

    How baseball’s war on sticky stuff is already changing the game

    The Post analyzed game footage and data for millions of pitches to measure the impact of MLB's crackdown on ball-doctoring.

    July 2, 2021

      A burning ship. Tons of toxic cargo. An ecosystem in the balance.

      A fire aboard a container ship off the coast of Sri Lanka has led to one of the largest ecological disasters in the country’s history.

      June 15, 2021