The New York Times — Senior Video Journalist
OCTOBER 2012 – PRESENT Report, shoot, script, and edit short documentary videos and narrative news stories. FAA-certified drone pilot. Based in Chicago, but cover the world. In 2014, was voted Multimedia Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Also, write for the website and newspaper.
Columbia College Chicago — Adjunct Instructor
FEBRUARY 2019 — MAY 2019
Co-teach a documentary video capstone course in which students learn the basics of short documentary filmmaking and produce up to 10-minute films on themes relevant to Chicago and the surrounding metro area.
The New York Times — Video Journalist
NOVEMBER 2005 – OCTOBER 2012
As a founding member of The Times’s video unit, produced a range of web video, from breaking news to short vérité films. Worked closely with the investigative, metro, national, and foreign desks, on domestic and international stories. Twice nominated for a National Emmy.
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism — Adjunct Instructor
FALL 2012 – SPRING 2013
Taught “Video Journalism: Beyond the Basics,” in which students learned step by step how to create character-driven, visually engaging news videos.
The New York Times Student Journalism Institute — Lead Instructor and Editor
JANUARY 2008 AND JANUARY 2010
Coached students through the process of reporting, shooting, and editing web video, with a focus on visual storytelling over spot news coverage, as part of intensive two-week institutes offering aspiring reporters and photographers the opportunity to work side by side with Times editors.
Independent Video Producer/Camera
APRIL 2004 – NOVEMBER 2005
Filmed for PBS FRONTLINE/World, NOVA, and Times/Discovery Channel, and produced short documentaries for a variety of independent productions.
PBS FRONTLINE/World — Associate Producer
FEBRUARY 2003 – MAY 2004
Helped produce regular episodes for this award-winning TV magazine program and stylistic precursor to Vice, and produced one of the show’s first web-exclusive video journalism pieces.
KCAW 90.1FM Sitka, Alaska — Radio Reporter
MAY 2003 – AUGUST 2003
Reported daily local news and produced feature stories for the statewide network Alaska News Nightly. Hosted and engineered the local "Morning Edition" program and conducted on-air interviews.
Northern Short Course (NPPA) MARCH 2015 Led an hour-long workshop on video journalism at this popular national conference. Also participated in a panel discussion about covering police protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Guest Lecturer, Panelist, News Source 2010 — PRESENT Presented for journalism classes at Columbia University, Northwestern University, UC Berkeley, University of Illinois, Baruch College, Chicago Photography Center, and University of Miami and Columbia College Chicago. Was a panelist at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Society of Professional Journalists Conference. Have been interviewed on live broadcasts for U.S. and Australia news channels.
University of California, Berkeley
M.J., Journalism, emphasis in Documentary Film
2002 – 2004
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.F.A. (2), Photography, History of Art
1996 – 2001
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Spanish, Art, Communications
2000 – 2000
Contributed to New York Times projects that won the Independent Reporters and Editors Medal (IRE), the Overseas Press Club Award, the Online Journalism Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.
2017 – POYi 1st Prize in Multimedia News and Issue Reporting for Abortion in the Time of Zika
2017 – POYi 2nd Prize in Online News and Issue Story Editing for A Weekend in Chicago
2017 – POYi Special Recognition in Documentary Project of the Year for A Weekend in Chicago
2017 – NPPA 2nd Prize in Multimedia News Story for A Weekend in Chicago
2017 – Online Journalism Awards (OJA) in Breaking News for team coverage of Orlando
2015 – RTDNA, National Edward R. Murrow Award for Online Breaking News, Ferguson Weeps, Then Burns
2014 – RTDNA, National Edward R. Murrow Award for Online Hard News, A Deadly Dance
2014 – World Press Photo, 2nd Prize Online Feature, Hers to Lose
2014 – POYi 3rd Prize in Documentary Journalism, Hers to Lose
2014 – POYi 3rd Prize in Issue Reporting, A Deadly Dance
2014 – Nieman Storyboard's "Best of Narrative, 2013," Hers to Lose
2013 – Edward R. Murrow Award for Online Breaking News, Hurricane Sandy team coverage
2013 – Deadline Club Award, Society of Professional Journalists, In Deportation, Age 6
2010 – Society of Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Award, The Card Game
2008 – National Emmy Finalist, Life in Transition
2006 – National Emmy Finalist, A Shifting Bolivia
2007, 2008, 2009 – Publisher's Award, The New York Times
2004– PBS Frontline/World Fellowship