Siegal McIntyre attended the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design, and lived in New York City from 2000–2007. In 2008, Siegal was a Fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Siegal McIntyre earned her master's degree with a specialization in investigative journalism in 2009.
Before starting a freelance career in 2005, Siegal McIntyre worked as studio manager for noted war photographer James Nachtwey, and assisted Magnum Pictures photographer Susan Meiselas. She briefly interned for fashion photographer Max Vadukul.
Siegal McIntyre's work has appeared in numerous publications including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Her work has been selected for inclusion in Reuters Pictures's 2008 Images of the Year, Redux Pictures's Year in Pictures 2007, and Reuters Pictures's "Photos of the Month" in March 2007, December 2006 and October 2005.
In 2006, Siegal McIntyre co-directed and co-produced a 13-minute documentary, “Taking the Pledge,” exploring the impact of a Bush administration rule within USAID that stipulated that organizations receiving U.S. funds for HIV/AIDS prevention must sign an "anti-prostitution pledge." The effects of this Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) clause is told by sex workers from around the world in Khmer, Thai, French, Portuguese, and Bengali (with English subtitles). “Taking the Pledge” has been screened at the 2008 International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the 2007 World Social Forum in Atlanta, and the 2007 International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Mali. It was produced in collaboration with the Network of Sex Work Projects and funded by the Urban Justice Center of New York City.
The Hearst company group investigation "Dead by Mistake," undertaken collaboratively with the 2008–2009 Stabile Fellows at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, was awarded a 2009 Sigma Delta Chi award for Investigative Reporting.
In 2012, Siegal McIntyre was honored by the Open Society Foundation with a 2012–2013 Soros Justice Fellowship to report on deportation of undocumented immigrants in the United States. She worked alongside a legal scholar and the scholar's husband, a deported Mexican man who had been incarcerated in the U.S as a juvenile offender and served 14 years in prison. Together, they produced stories for various media outlets including Univision's Aqui y Ahora.
On the U.S-Mexico border, Siegal McIntyre has covered stories ranging from unearthing narcofosas and crime to greyhound retirement, the Border Patrol, criminal justice, and extensive coverage of immigration issues and the deportation of U.S. military veterans.
Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-border Search for Truth is Siegal McIntyre's debut book of investigative nonfiction. It examines a case of child kidnapping for international adoption, details criminal networks and corruption that afflicted some U.S. adoptions from Guatemala. It was featured on an hour-long CBS 48 Hours special investigation, "Perilous Journey" in January 2014.
McIntyre's second book, The U.S. Embassy Cables: Adoption Fraud in Guatemala, 1987-2010 is a three-part volume consisting of diplomatic cables obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests over a 2-year period. The compilation is raw source communications between the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala.
Her work has appeared in the following anthologies:“American Youth” by the photographers of Redux Pictures, published by Contrasto, June 2009.
“Shut Them Down: The G8, Gleneagles 2005 and the Movement of Movements” by various authors, edited by D. Harvie, K. Milburn, B. Trott, and D. Watts, Autonomedia, January 2006.
In 2013, Siegal McIntyre joined the board of directors of Journalism and Women Symposium, where she spearheads the JAWS diversity committee. She also volunteers with Hearts Apart, a non-profit organization that matches professional photographers to pre-deployment military families for free portrait sessions.
Previously, Siegal McIntyre worked with the SF Cameraworks mentoring program First Exposures in San Francisco, $pread Magazine in New York City, and the FTAA, G8, NYC, and Boston Indymedia collectives, among others."Hey Hot Shot," Jen Bekman Gallery (New York City)
"Project Diversity," Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)
"The Industrial Landscape," New School University (New York, NY)
"Emerging Photographers," Stepping Stone Gallery (Long Island, New York)
"Dissent! NYC Indymedia photography, The Brecht Forum (New York, NY)
"Equality Now!" Locus Media Gallery (New York, NY)
"Generations.04," A.I.R. Gallery (New York, NY)
"65 x 25," The Boston Photo Collaborative (Boston, MA)
Summer 2004: Artist in Residence at the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY)
December 2006: Artist in Residence at the Camera Club of New York, sponsored by Kodak and Fujifilm