Maya Bell is a documentary filmmaker and visual journalist from Columbia, Missouri. During her time at the University of Missouri, she majored in documentary and photojournalism, minored in biological sciences, and played in the university philharmonic. Bell is a Walter Williams Scholar and the recipient of the 2023 National Press Photographer Foundation TV and Multimedia award. She was a photographer, videographer and visual editor at the Columbia Missourian for over a year. After working on several farms, she developed a passion for agricultural and environmental storytelling.