As a video journalist I helped garner NEWSWEEK the first Emmy nomination of any U.S. magazine for “Voices of the Fallen: The Iraq War through the Words of the Dead.” In 2008, I was nominated for a second Emmy for NEWSWEEK’s original business series “The Crunch.” My work has been honored by the Webbys, The National Press Club, the Magazine Publishers of America, the Society of Professional Journalists, GLAAD, MIN and the National Association of Black Journalists.
As a documentarian at NEWSWEEK, I profiled a survivor pulled from the rubble of the twin towers, recounted a U.S. POW’s tale through the fascinating writings he had left behind on cigarette papers while a Nazi captive, and documented former Japanese-American internees as they roadtripped back to the town of their imprisonment. I told an epic tale of the restoration of the Gettysburg Cyclorama—a painting so powerful it made men weep when it was originally unveiled—and caught up with the joint descendants of both Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass for their thoughts on the inauguration of America’s first black president.
During the 2008 elections, I covered the campaign trail and conventions, producing video interviews with Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Michael Bloomberg, Laura Bush, Cindy McCain, Elizabeth Edwards, and Ron Paul. With the Washington Post, we launched some of the first live Webcast video coverage of the primaries, conventions and election night. In 2010, my mid-terms election mashup became the most-watched Newsweek video of all time after MSN led their homepage with the video.
After a promotion to executive producer, I managed NEWSWEEK’s video team as well as production of their viral sensations “The District,” “Return to Oz: The Munchkins 70 Years Later,” “The Decade in Seven Minutes,” and “Lost on ‘Lost’”. I produced video versions of Newsweek franchises like its Oscar and Emmy Roundtable discussions with notable actors including Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, and Michelle Williams. In addition to developing annual franchises, I created weekly video series to help drive traffic and increase volume. One of those series, “7 Things”, interviewed celebrity newsmakers like Hugh Jackman, Kristin Chenoweth, Channing Tatum, Vanessa Hudgens, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Ian Somerhalder, and Julianne Moore. Another series, “Sum Total”, graphically showed that behind every business statistic, there’s a good story.
As a freelancer, I produced, shot and edited digital shorts for BBC News Magazine, Reuters, CBS Local, ProPublica, New York Magazine, New York’s The Cut, Men’s Health, Glamour, Tumblr Storyboard and more.
I have a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.