Samer Alyatim graduated with honors from Kaggaholm Academy/Sweden in 2006 with a Degree in Mass Communications & Digital Media. Mr. Alyatim speaks fluent Arabic
and English and works as a freelance Producer/Director of Photography and AVID editor in Atlanta, Georgia.
He has worked on documentaries for the Al Jazeera English Network, New Vision Media Center in Bethlehem, West Bank Israel and Cameras International.
In addition to AVID he works extensively with Final Cut Pro, Live Type, Sony Vegas, Sound Forge, and Cake Walk. His freelance work has taken him
throughout the United States, England, Cyprus, Israel and Palestine.
Trey Back is an award winning photojournalist with WHIO-TV, Dayton, Ohio. Trey graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor's
Degree in Mass Communication in 2009 and went to work at WHIO as a videographer. Recently Trey won two Regional Edward R. Murrow awards and
an Ohio Associated Press award for "The Bugler" story that appears in the V-DAY 11.11.11 documentary.
As a daily news photographer in Dayton, Trey's philosophy is that every story, even the most mundane news story of the day can offer special,
memorable moments. Trey's love to tell stories about unique people who, in their own little ways, influence the world around them is
reflected daily in his work.
John Baynard has been a freelance documentary filmmaker/photojournalist for over 30 years. He has shot and/or produced stories
for PBS, ABC News, CBS, NBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Discovery Channel, Refugees International, UNICEF, GlobalPost and
others. Among his awards are two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, a national Emmy for Best Documentary, twenty-one New
England Emmy Awards, and five Boston Press Photographer Association’s TV Photographer of the Year.
Eric Blumer has been a video journalist for more than twenty five years. Since 1994, he has worked
at CBS 4 Denver. He shoots, edits, writes and produces stories, documentaries and live news reports.
In 1996, Blumer was named national Television News Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers
Association. He has been awarded the International IRIS award; the national Edward R. Murrow award;
twenty one regional Emmys; Arizona TV Photographer of the Year (1993), three times NPPA Regional Photographer
of the Year, and more than 100 regional and state awards from the Associated Press, NPPA, RTNDA and others;
the Distinguished Alumni award from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Blumer has served on the board and executive committee for the National Press Photographers Association;
served as a judge for the U.S. Department of Defense Visual Information Production Awards Competition;
presented seminars on video journalism throughout the U.S. and Canada for universities, schools,
journalism associations, the U.S. Department of Defense, Avid, and others. He is currently writing about the
Four C’s of Video journalism: Content, Craft, Creativity and Commitment.
Along with CBS 4/KCNC Denver, Blumer has worked at KTVK Phoenix;
KSFY Sioux Falls; KCMT Alexandria, MN; and KBRF radio Fergus Falls, MN.
No other medium captures the world we live in and communicates it better than video journalism.
Yes, folks, James Brown is my real name. My colleagues call me the "Godfather of Adlib." Be that as it may,
I believe some of the best stores are the ones where the reporter gets out of the way and lets the natural sound, sound bites and
video take over. I first started understanding that in 1994. I was a senior in college, and I attended The
National Press Photographers Association Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma. There I was engrossed in awesome story-telling,
and it has stuck with me ever since.
These days I'm the evening anchor at WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio. I'm not on the streets as much as I would like, but I still
am so grateful when I get the opportunity to be a part of great storytelling. So when 111111 producer John Goheen called
me and asked if I would be a part of this, no way was I going to say no. He was one those guys at the 1994 N.P.P.A.
workshop so many photojournalists aspired to be.
I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best photojournalists in the business. We have won lots of awards
together. However, if I had a choice of keeping all those awards and never telling another good story
again, I would give up every single award in a second! My mentor once told me, "You're only as good as your last story."
Saint Bryan has travelled the world as a reporter for Seattle NBC affiliate KING TV&s "Evening Magazine", a
locally produced news magazine shows. He&s collected stories and a few awards along the way. Before
that, he survived the ultimate one man band experience as a reporter, photographer, editor and even satellite
truck operator in KUSA-TV&s Western Slope newsroom. His Commercial Drivers License has now expired so,
no, he can&t help you move. Saint&s prior experience includes reporting at WYFF-TV (NBC) in Greenville,
SC, and at WCBD-TV (NBC) in Charleston, SC, where he began his television career as the only photographer in
the state who could bring back green, blue and purple video on a sunny day.
Saint&s distinguished work has been recognized with Northwest Regional Emmy awards, Southeast Regional Emmy
Awards, a DuPont-Columbia University Award, Society of Professional Journalists awards, and a Putt Putt
championship trophy from Asheville, NC.
Saint is a graduate of Tulane University. He lives in North Tacoma with his wife and two children.
I can remember sitting in the plush upholstered seats of the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre in 1980.
During my first week of film school the professors had an orientation for the incoming students.
I walked out of that orientation with the single admonition of one professor ringing in my head: "In
five years seventy-five percent of you will be doing something other than tv or film."
The other admonition that was drilled into my head was that a film can beautifully shot, well directed,
nicely edited but without a good story everything else falls by the wayside.
I have been very blessed over the years of being able to tell some very interesting stories. As a
staff photographer with CNN in San Francisco for over 20 years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to
meet people from all walks of life in all kinds of scenarios all over the world. I am continually
amazed at how welcoming and open people are in letting you bring a camera into their lives – whether it
is a tragedy or triumph. The amount of trust (not to mention responsibility) we are given to accurately
tell their story is enormous. Each day I look forward going to work wondering what I will see when
I put my eye to the viewfinder.
"If someone asked, 'What did you think of the photography?' and the reply was 'I don't know, I didn't
notice it,' then I would feel I succeeded." Jack Cardiff, ASC, BSC
Suzanne Popovich Chandler began her photographic career over 30 years ago. With a BFA degree in Fine
Art Photography, BA in Art History, and a minor in Journalism, Chandler worked as a broadcast photojournalist
at KMGH-TV in Denver winning many awards for her work including placing in the top 10 in National Press Photographer's
"News photographer of the Year" competition. Chander started her production company, A Point of View Productions,
LLC inn 1988. Her career has taken her on assignments in almost every state in the union including internationally
to England, France, Mexico, Vietnam and Israel.
Chandler has covered stories as diverse as presidential campaigns, oil spills, Oklahoma bombing, hurricanes, fires,
global warming, homelessness, Columbine, Jon Benet murder, drug busts, incest, Kobe Bryant, national security and the
Timothy McVeigh Trial. Programs she has worked on have won local and national Emmys, Tellys, Communication awards
and a national Peabody.
In May of 2011, Chandler earned her Masters degree from The University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass
Communication in Print and Broadcast Journalism. She is an Affiliate Professor at Metro State College in
Denver. Chandler is currently in postproduction on her documentary, Saving Faces/ Restoring Hope. This
inspirational story follows a medical mission to Vietnam and introduces the horror of intentional acid throwing used
in third world countries. Chandler plans to enter Saving Faces in Film Festivals in 2012.
Chandler has had the honor of working with well-known correspondents including Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Diane
Sawyer, Geraldo Rivera, Bill Whittiiker, Ed Bradley, Anderson Cooper and Elizabeth Vargas. Chandler is an excellent
documentary shooter with an eye for portrait lighting and composition, ear for natural sound, and creative talent for
combining those skills into compelling storytelling. She is excited to participate in the Veteran's Documentary Project.
Jamason Chen is a photographer, videographer, and new media researcher. He is Manager of Technology at Loyola
University Chicago where he also teaches photojournalism as a clinical professor.
Chen was born in Shanghai, China. He received his Master&s degree in journalism and mass communication from the
School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. His professional career spans
nearly twenty years working as a photography contributor and media consultant for the motion picture and
broadcast industry. In 1999, Chen was honored by Who&s Who in Chinese Photography
which nominated him as an outstanding photographer and included his work in its publication. In 2010,
he was selected by Pixel magazine as one the 10 most influential Chinese photographic
critics in 2009.
As a freelance photo contributor, his photographs and essays have been published in numerous Asian
publications including: People&s Photography, Popular Photography, Chinese Photo News,
Pics, and Pixel in China; Lian He Zao Bao (the United
Morning News) in Singapore; Wen Wah Pao (the Cultural Daily) in Hong
Kong; and Photo Creator in Malaysia. In the United States, his work and essays
have appeared in The Murphy Report, Atomicliving.com, Cross-Cultural Poetics, Bleakbeauty.com
and B&W magazine.
Besides Chen’s accomplishments as a still photographer, his video work "Memory" was screened at the Really
Independent Video Festival in Duluth, Minnesota and the American Television Annual Showcase for
International Short Film and Video in San Diego, California in 2000. Also in 2000, his music video
"Life is a Circle" won an Upper-Midwest Emmy award.
Marty Dashiell is an award winning photojournalist/producer with 20 years experience in broadcast
television. Marty has produced and shot hundreds of programs for ESPN over the last 15
years. His creative eye and energy always brings a fresh perspective to every project he&s
involved in. Founder and owner of KCHD - High Definition Production, his company offers
HD field and post production solutions. Marty and his award winning team have developed
a very unique style in producing high end expeditionary outdoor programming which has taken
he and his company around the world. Dashiell says, "The biggest key to our success
has been great story telling coupled with a down to earth attitude that is fun and leaves
a positive impact on all of our projects", and they look forward to contributing to this
important documentary which highlights and honors American veterans. "Finding a reason
to participate in this project was easy. We are honoring the best of all of us.
How better a reason to make a contribution and be part of America&s voice to say we are
proud of our American veterans and THANK YOU."
Storytelling is a craft that’s impossible to master.
This is the unreachable bait that hangs in front of Darren Durlach on a daily basis.
Every situation, character and day brings new challenges that offer opportunities to experience life in someone else’s shoes.
After graduating from Radford University he started as a Production Assistant at WVIR in Charlottesville, Virginia and soon convinced the Chief Photographer to let him shoot.
After attending a career changing NPPA workshop in Norman Oklahoma Darren got a job as a Photojournalist at WBFF in Baltimore.
While there he won back-to-back NPPA Photographer of the year awards, 11 Emmy’s, Edward R Murrow, AP and SPJ awards.
He was also named the 2008 and 2009 b-roller of the year from www.b-roll.net.
Durlach began working at The Boston Globe as a Senior Multimedia Producer in December ’10 and is looking forward to the limitless opportunities that the internet can provide.
For over 30 years, John C.P. Goheen has built an internationally acclaimed career based on his
unique story telling skills and ability to capture great sound and compelling pictures.
He has more than 300 local, regional, and national awards to his credit. John is one of
two three-time winners of his profession’s top award, the National Press Photographers Association&s
(NPPA) Television News Photographer of the Year and is a recipient of the prestigious Joseph A. Sprague
Memorial Award in regonition of distinguished work in television photojournalism.
John has produced numerous award-winning documentaries that have taken him around the world.
Some of the major stories and events he has covered have included the civil war and famine in
Somalia; Desert Storm; the eruption of Mt. St. Helens; the grueling Iditarod sled dog race in
Alaska; the deadly Indonesia Tsunami and Haiti earthquake. In all, John has worked in over
six-dozen nations covering major stories and events.
As an independent documentary filmmaker John has also won a dozen awards from festivals such as
the Denver International Film Festival, the Phoenix International Film Festival, and the Santa
Fe Film Festival. John joined Loyola University Chicago&s School of Communication faculty
in Fall 2009 teaching various video, production and journalism classes. He often speaks
at workshops and professional seminars around the US. He has consulted with various
television stations, universities, and the American Forces Radio and Television Network.
John has conducted seminars at the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)
annual convention, the Maine Film and Television Workshop and is a founding faculty member
of the NPPA Advanced Story Telling Workshop.
Joni Goheen is the principal owner and Managing Director of Terranova Pictures, serving as executive producer, production
manager, and director of marketing for the company&s production ventures. Her current project is coordinating producer
for A Day in the Life of America’s Veterans 11.11.11.
Joni&s production credits are varied and numerous:
Executive Producer of American Nizoni, an award winning documentary focusing on the aspirations of young Navajo women.
Associate Producer of Lady Warriors, an HBO documentary that received numerous Audience and Best Picture awards at
various film festivals throughout the country.
Joni&s work as a producer and story presenter has taken her to Africa on a number of occasions, for network projects
about Saharan caravan traders in Mali, families divided by civil war in Liberia, and the search by African-Americans
for family ties in Senegal and The Gambia.
Other assignments include projects in Cambodia, Vietnam, Peru, and India.
Additionally, Joni has more than 20 years experience as a top marketing executive and has been honored in this field
with more than 20 local, regional, and national awards. She is also a published writer and photographer.
Cyndy Green is a broadcast veteran with 28 years working general news primarily in Northern California.
In 2002 she jumped from the frying pan into the fire and became a high school teacher, focusing on broadcasting and English
classes. Her love of visual storytelling continues today as she freelances as a videojournalist while also working
on a textbook on the basics of videojournalism with co-author Larry Nance.
As a filmmaker Greer has developed a diverse professional portfolio. His award-winning narrative feature,
Gettin& Grown, has screened at film festivals around the country and is currently distributed on DVD
by Warner Brothers Home Video. His documentary, Flying Away, was broadcast on over 2-dozen public
television stations nationwide. He is currently producing GGTV, a web-series spun-off of Gettin& Grown,
as well as a documentary feature about Cuba, titled Merchant in Havana. In addition to his production work,
the Chicago-based filmmaker is a professor of Digital Cinema and Media Production at Loyola University - Chicago.
For 47 years, Larry Hatteberg has brought a special kind of television to Kansas. His constant
search for ordinary people, whose stories illuminate larger issues, put him in a position to
develop a personal relationship with Kansas viewers. Throughout the nation, he is known
as an Emmy award-winning video storyteller who can "touch" people with his television
journalism. With over 100 National, Regional and State awards, Larry has helped set
broadcast standards for television journalists all over the world.
His national award-winning "Hatteberg&s People" series is the longest running television
feature in Kansas. Nearly one-thousand Kansans have been profiled. The series
has taken Larry to 17 foreign countries in search of Kansas People. Based on the
TV series, Larry published two successful books and video tapes and DVDs called "Larry
Hatteberg&s Kansas people". These best-selling books and DVDs profile 160 Kansans
who make the state a unique place to live. Larry’s television career began at KAKE
in 1963 when he started as a part-time film lab technician. He&s been a photographer,
chief photographer, assistant news director, executive news director and is currently
prime-time co-anchor of KAKE News At Five with co-anchor Susan Peters. He is also
the co-host of the local segments of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon.
There are few major awards Larry hasn&t won, including two "Emmy&s" from the National
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has also received, an &Emmy& for
&Lifetime Achievement&. His Hatteberg&s People series also won the National Edward
R. Murrow Award for Writing. He&s been named twice the prestigious "National Press
Photographers Television News Cameraman of the Year." He is one of only a select
few in the nation who have won that award twice. He received three of the highest
awards in photojournalism given by the National Press Photographers Association.
He was also national semi-finalist for NASA&s "Journalist-in-Space" program.
Larry is a nationally known teacher of photojournalism and has consulted with over 40
television stations across the United States. He also teaches yearly at the
premier Workshop for working television photojournalists at the University Of
Oklahoma Department Of Continuing Education. This year, he is also working
with the Defense Department in the teaching of military photojournalists.
Larry grew up in Winfield, Kansas, a small community just south of Wichita.
His parents, Merle and Mary Hatteberg, owned the Peerless Baking Company for 48
years. His mother was a nurse at Newton Hospital in Winfield. Larry&s
wife, Judy, is a retired teacher from the Wichita school system. They have
two married daughters, Sherry and Susan. Sherry is a teacher living in the
Kansas City area. Susan works in the public relations field in Wichita.
Brad Houston is serving as an Executive Producer for our A Day In The Life of American Veterans
11.11.11 documentary film project. Brad Houston and the films Director John Goheen have
collaborated on film projects before including Terranova Pictures award-winning documentary film
"Lady Warriors". Brad Houston is a nationally recognized and award-winning television
photojournalist, editor and producer. During his 25 year career he has earned numerous
awards including 23 Emmy&s in local television news, 3 NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year
honors, National Edward R. Murrow awards, and was twice named as the National Press Photographers
Associations National TV News Editor of the Year.
Brad currently works as a photojournalist at NBC News where he shoots for The Today Show, NBC Nightly
News, Dateline NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, The Weather Channel and Peacock Productions. For much of his
local news career Brad worked as a photojournalist and post-production editor at the prestigious
KUSA-TV, working alongside the best of the best in TV news photojournalism. While at KUSA
he and the photography staff won numerous &Station of the Year& honors from the National Press
Mr. Houston has produced and directed numerous documentary film projects for nonprofit
organizations including World Vision and Samaritans Purse, traveling to 38 countries on work
related projects. Some of the major stories and events he has covered include the 2008
Presidential Campaign as an embedded NBC News Photojournalist, traveling first with Hillary
Clinton for President and later with Joe Biden for Vice President. He also covered Hurricane
Katrina, the Gulf Oil Spill, the Israeli Lebanese Conflict, the Columbine High School Shootings,
a Stanley Cup, 6 Super Bowls and 2 Olympics. Brad Houston has developed a national
reputation for his unique style in storytelling and is sought out to share his knowledge
and abilities with others, including training workshops for CNN and the International Film
and TV Workshops in Rockport Maine. He has been a frequent speaker at television news
photography, editing, and storytelling seminars throughout the country.
Sandy Kowal is an Emmy nominated photographer, editor, producer and co-owner of Tweedee
Productions - a multi-media production company located in Madison Wisconsin. Ms.
Kowal has dedicated 20 years to telling great stories for television viewers and clients
alike. She earned her skills as a photojournalist at network TV affiliates in Colorado
and Wisconsin and was a member of the highly acclaimed investigative team at KUSA-TV in
Denver. From there she moved into management as an assistant news director at WKOW-TV
Recently Sandy moved from the news business into the production world, producing special
projects every day for Tweedee Productions. Whether a project is completed documentary
style or if it's highly produced, Sandy makes sure each project is given its own personal
touch of creativity and uniqueness from beginning to middle... to the end. Though
Sandy says she's living her dream right now, we know her real goal is to play in a rock band.
Kathleen is a UK based American journalist and writer whose award-winning work has taken her around the globe for US and UK publications,
broadcasters and not-for-profit organisations. She has a special interest in conflict resolution in communities divided by race,
religion, culture and poverty and has reported from troubled regions including Northern Ireland, the Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa.
In her work as an on-air correspondent AND FIELD PRODUCER, she has contributed to news and magazine programs for broadcasters
including the BBC and ITV in the UK and ABC, NBC and CBS in the US. Kathleen is also a contributor to Creating America:
Reading and Writing Arguments and Global Exchange: Reading and Writing in a World Context, both published by Prentice Hall (2005)
as well as Connected Spirits (Pilgrim Press 2007). Her feature articles have appeared in publications such as the St.
Petersburg Times, the Guardian and Christian Century. Among those she has interviewed are veteran journalist and former
White House press secretary Bill Moyers, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and primate researcher,
Jane Goodall, heavy-weight boxing champion, Evander Holyfield and Glastonbury festival founder, Michael Eavis.
Kathleen and her husband, Chris Loughlin, run PictureWise Productions, based in Manchester, England.
Chris is a former BBC Television Executive Producer who has produced Network entertainment, factual (unscripted) studio programs,
film documentaries and news programs. He's also worked as a news reporter and on-air host for BBC TV and Radio programs – and
has filmed around the world with everyone from Hollywood celebrities to Witch Doctors in the Congo.
For 10 years, he was the show runner for a weekly, live, one-hour Sunday morning topical music/chat show on BBC ONE – the UK's
main network channel.
Chris and his wife, Kathleen LaCamera, run PictureWise Productions, based in Manchester, England filming, editing and producing
films for a variety of non-profits, corporate clients and broadcasters.
Jon Menell is an award winning documentary and independent feature film editor. Owner of
Lighthill Studios in Los Angeles CA, Jon creates shows for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and several
cable networks as an editor and producer. For the past 21 years he has built an
impressive career as a writer, producer, director, photojournalist and editor. Mr.
Menell got his start in television news and over the years has worked at KNBC in Los Angeles
and KSTP in the Twin Cities.
Jon was twice named the National Press Photographers Association Editor of the Year and has received
14 regional Emmys for producing and editing, 17 National Press Photographers Association Awards for
Editing, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and the National Headliner Award for Best Investigative
Feature. Jon has participated as a speaker at several photojournalism and reporting workshops
around the country.
For Carey Moots, superior photography and visual storytelling abilities combine with a keen sense
for logistics and management.
As a photographer, editor and producer Moots has won eight EMMY awards and more than
100 local, regional, national and international honors.
On 10 separate occasions he has been named New Mexico Photographer of the Year and Editor of the Year.
When not traveling for Terranova Pictures or on other assignments, Moots resides in
Alburquergue, New Mexico with his wife Sumiko and four children.
Shawn has been a professional video editor for over a decade in Phoenix and Denver. He has been honored
with several awards and recognitions. He is a four time recipient of NPPA's Editor of the Year award.
He is the 2009 recipient of the NPPA Jim Gordon Editor of the Year. He is also the recipient of five Heartland
Chapter Emmys, a regional Edward R. Murrow, five first place NPPA Awards, and three Colorado Broadcasters Association
Shawn's primary focus in now teaching. Shawn has taught in over 20 states at various seminars, workshops and
stations. He focuses on the theory and foundation of editing so no matter what edit system you use, you can
use editing to enhance any story or production.
Shawn also teaches through his blog The Edit Foundry by breaking down the edit for pieces he has done. The
Edit Foundry blog has received recognition from organizations, including being named a top 50 blog by Moviemaker
Magazine. As an Adjunct Professor at Front Range Community College in Longmont, Colorado, he says he is
teaching his replacements. He encourages his students to suck all the knowledge they can out of him so they
can become better than him.
Words from Shawn to live by, "The best edit is one that's never seen."
Carlos Olmedo started as a photojournalist for KYMA in El Centro, California at the age of 18.
After receiving several AP awards there he decided to take his career to Las Vegas, Nevada where he
currently works for KSNV. At KSNV Carlos has received an Emmy award for his photography, he was
also named photographer of the year by the Electronic Media Awards in Las Vegas. In his short 7 year
career Carlos has had the opportunity to cover major news, political, sporting and entertainment events
in California, Arizona, and Nevada.
Jerry Pedroza is an award winning photojournalist with over 20 years experience in the broadcast industry. Jerry is an award winning
television news photographer and works as a Special Projects Photojournalist in Chicago at WBBM-TV, a CBS Owned & Operated station.
He has covered stories all over the country and world always trying to make his stories memorable and unique. He has shot, produced,
and edited award winning news, features, sports and documentaries. He has gathered multiple Mountain and Midwest Emmys, was named
an NPPA Region 9 Photographer of the Year while working in Denver, and the prestigious DuPont award in 2008. He enjoys watching
and studying fellow photographer's and reporter's work, including judging the NPPA Station and Photographer of the Year contests.
Jerry is excited to be a part of this important documentary project.
Jason Rhodes has been practicing photojournalism for 25 years and has produced award winning pieces for local TV stations,
national networks, commercial clients and not-for-profits. Jason has won close to a dozen Emmys and was named
'National Television News Photographer of the Year' by the prestigious National Press Photographer Association in 1999.
A husband and father of four, Jason is grateful to live under the blanket of freedom provided by the men & women in our
armed services and he feels honored to be included in this project that will pay tribute to those who have served our country.
Adam Schrager is a producer and reporter with Wisconsin Public Television. He has covered politics for nearly 20 years,
most recently at KUSA-TV in Denver. Previously, he worked in La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee in the 1990s.
Schrager is the author of The Principled Politician, a biography of former Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr whose stand on behalf of
Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor would cost him his political career. The book led state lawmakers to name
the new state justice center after the former Colorado chief executive. His latest book is The Blueprint:
How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care), co-authored with Rob Witwer. It has
been lauded by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and political figures on both sides of the political spectrum.
In his career, Schrager has won numerous journalism accolades, including more than twenty Emmy awards. He taught a journalism
class at the University of Denver and at Marquette University and has conducted dozens of seminars on the impact of the media on
politics. Schrager has a bachelors degree in history from the University of Michigan and a masters degree in broadcast
journalism from Northwestern University. He began his career in 1991 with CBS News in London and worked for numerous
stations in Wisconsin before moving to Denver in 1999.
Schrager lives in Madison with his wife, Cathy, their daughters Harper and Payton as well as their son, Clark.
Manny Sotelo joined 9News as a general assignment photojournalist in February 1984, and went on to be appointed Assistant
Chief Photographer in February 1988. In November of 88, Sotelo was named Director of Photography. Over the
next twelve years, the staff of photojournalists and editors have been selected Television Station of The Year five times by
the National Press Photographers Association. In 2000, he was appointed News Project Supervisor.
Prior to joining 9News, Sotelo was the Assistant Chief Photographer for KVOA-TV in Tucson, Arizona, where he began his broadcasting
career as an audio technician in 1978.
Sotelo is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting and
a minor in Journalism and Speech.
Sotelo was elected President of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) in 1999, having served as Vice President in
1998. He has also served as Director of Region 9 for NPPA and was the Chairman of the National Television News
Photography and Editing Annual Competition.
Sotelo received the Samuel Mellor Award in 1997 from NPPA in recognition of his outstanding performance as Associate Director for
Region 9. In 1991, the Colorado Hispanic Media Association presented Sotelo with its annual Excellence in Media
Award. Sotelo was also honored with the Gannett Broadcasting Award for Excellence in 1990 and received the Unity Award
In Media, from Lincoln University in Missouri, in 1987. He has been honored with local Emmy's and received a National
Emmy nomination for photography. Sotelo has been a member of the 9News Photo Staff for nine of the ten times it has
been recognized as NPPA's Television News Photography Station of the Year.
Steve Sweitzer has over thirty years of broadcast TV news experience; shooting, writing,
editing, field producing and operations management. Among his numerous awards, he
has been Indiana News Photographer of the Year and taken a first place in the Associated
Press reporting category.
Steve is the owner of Sweitzer Productions, a multimedia services company. He is a
past president of the National Press Photographers Association and has received their
Sprague Award, their highest honor for his achievements and contributions to the field
of photojournalism. Steve teaches several courses for the Journalism Department
at Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) where he received the Chancellor's
Award for Excellence in Teaching by a part-time faculty member.
He is chair of the National Press Photographers Associations, NPPA's Advanced
StoryTelling Workshop and the Virtual Video Workshop. Steve has judged
numerous contests including the NPPA's video Best of Photojournalism contest and
the White House News Photographers contest.
Patty Talahongva is a journalist working in all platforms of media: television, radio,
newspaper, magazine and websites. She has covered everything from Native arts to education,
health, crime and politics in her 30-year career.
She is Hopi from Sichomovi village located on First Mesa in northeastern Arizona. Her Hopi
name is White Spider Girl and her clan is Corn.
A point of pride for Patty is the documentary she directed and produced for the Smithsonian's
National Museum of the America Indian on American Indian Code Talkers in WWII. For the documentary
Patty interviewed 10 men from four tribes. It was an honor for her to speak to them and then
tell their stories so Americans will never forget the sacrifices they made for our country.
This exhibit has become the NMAI's most requested traveling exhibition and has been touring the
country since 2007.
Another documentary she co-produced featured a girl's cross-country team at a high school on the border
of the Hopi and Navajo reservations. The story explored the traditional meaning of running
to both the Hopi and the Navajo and how schools introduce the idea of competition. The team was
on a three-year winning streak. The documentary followed the girls through their fourth season,
which culminated in an agonizing end. This program "Lady Warriors" aired on the HBO Family Channel
for one year.
In addition to working behind the camera, Patty also works in front of the microphone hosting radio
programs and PBS Television News Programs.
Patty is an active volunteer on both the local and national level. She is a founding member and
current Vice President of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund. Recently she was appointed by Byron
Dorgan to sit on the Advisory Board of the Center for Native American Youth. She is also a past
president of the Native American Journalists Association and a member of Unity: Journalists of Color.
She also served as an ex-officio on the board of the Radio and Television News Directors Association,
now known as the RTDNA.
Sam Scaman began his career while in high school, in the late 70's spinning records at a local radio station.
When video was in its infancy in the early 80s, he started his first video production company. He received a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri and was a Chief Meteorologist at TV stations in
Columbia Missouri, South Bend Indiana and Minneapolis Minnesota spanning an on-air career of over 20 years. Today,
Sam runs his own video production company (WideSkreen.TV) working with clients such as Radisson, Walmart, General Mills and Dow.
Timothy Blotz is a long time news anchor and reporter working for Fox Television Stations in Minneapolis. He is a
former documentary producer and winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for writing along with multiple Emmy Awards.
Tim recently earned his Masters degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota.
During his 17-years in television news, Rod established himself as one of the best storytellers working in local television.
Working in markets from Wisconsin to Pittsburgh to Minneapolis, Rod won 8 Emmy awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and numerous
other regional awards, most of them for best reporting or best writing. Since leaving TV news, Rod has started a
successful video production company, helping non-profits and corporations tell their story. After a decade and a half in
front of the camera, Rod now shoots, produces and edits all of his company’s videos. Rod's company, Greater Vision
Media, has won 6 Telly Awards.
Mark Anderson is the Creative Director at StoryTeller Media & Communications where he interfaces with a wide variety of clients
to promote their visual messages and brands online. His background is in Marketing Communications and broadcast
television. Mark has produced and directed many award winning stories from around the world that led to top ratings
success. Some of his awards include 20 Emmys, 2 National Edward R. Murrow Awards and 6 Gold Medals from the New
York International Film Festival. When he was a photojournalist at KARE TV, he was honored with the National
Photographer of the Year Award from the National Press Photographers Association. The team he led at KSTP TV
quickly rose to the top spot in the nation by winning (twice in five years) the National Station of the Year Award
from the National Press Photographers Association.
Rick Trujillo didn't even touch a TV camera until he was in his mid 30's. A former U.S. Marine Trujillo is now an award winning,
four time Emmy nominee working as photojournalist in Las Vegas, Nevada. He likes to say that he didn't pick photojournalism,
photojournalism picked him. And since he picked up the camera for the very first time at 37 years of age Rick has developed
into one of the nation’s top photojournalists.
After graduating with both a Bachelors and Masters degree from Harding University Rick began his photojournalism career. Since
then he has covered both national and international events shooting for most of the major U.S. National Networks, Cable TV as
well as internationally for networks in Germany, Australia, Canada, and Beijing China where he shot a documentary on Chinese
antiques. During his freelance career Rick worked for HGTV, The Food Network, and as an entertainment photographer for
three years in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, nine shooting interviews and red carpet events with some of the world's most famous
During Rick's lucrative career he has covered many memorable events including the Columbine shootings, the Jon Benet Ramsey
murder investigation, Steve Fossett's balloon flight around the world, the Oklahoma City Bombing memorial, the John Mark Carr
confession, President Clinton and the Whitewater scandal, and he shot one of the last interviews of Vincent Foster before
his controversial death.
Trujillo has won dozens of awards from the NPPA, the Colorado Broadcasters Association, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters,
the Best of the West and the Arkansas AP Broadcasters Association.
John G. Warner is a national award winning TV producer and photojournalist. He is the co-founder of the PBS program,
Virginia Currents, and is currently the owner of Warner Productions in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Brian Weister is an award-winning visual storyteller. As a writer, producer, and editor for High
Noon Entertainment in Denver, Brian's current work includes reality, docu-reality, and other entertainment programming
for various cable networks. Before joining HNE in 2005, Brian spent several years traveling the country working
in television news. His last stop was KMGH in Denver.
Brian has been a featured presenter at television seminars across the United States. He is a
two-time NPPA National Editor of the Year, and a two-time NPPA 'Cutting Edge' Editor of the Year.
His work has received over 100 regional, national, and international awards, including the CINE Golgen Eagle, 6 Emmys,
and dozens of awards from the National Press Photographers Association, including the 2007 Clifton C. Edom Award for
service to the field of photojournalism.
Chris Wheeler has combined his deep love of American history with 20 years of television experience to become an award-winning producer of historical documentaries. How The West Was Lost,
a 13-part historical series chronicling the plight of the American Indian was called "as good as The Civil War without the celebrity voiceovers" by John Leonard of New York Magazine.
Rick Krogan of The Chicago Tribune wrote that the series "deserves to rank with some of the best TV documentaries of recent seasons." How the West Was Lost aired
on The Discovery Channel and was the winner of a 1995 CableACE award, two CINE Golden Eagles and a Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
In 1998, Wheeler produced and directed "Godspeed, John Glenn," a one-hour Discovery Channel documentary which tells the dramatic story of Glenn's historic 1962 orbital
flight aboard Friendship Seven. Narrated by broadcast veteran Walter Cronkite, "Godspeed, John Glenn" is narrated by broadcast veteran Walter Cronkite and
was recently named Best Documentary Production in the 1999 WorldFest Houston International Film Festival.
In 1997, Wheeler produced and directed the critically acclaimed "Our Time in Hell:" The Korean War, a two-hour Discovery Channel documentary which
tells the story of the bloody first year of America’s "forgotten war."
Currently, Wheeler is Executive Producer/Director of Great Divide Pictures, a company that specializes in creating films for the National Park Service. Wheeler
has produced more than a dozen NPS films, including ones for Gulf Islands National Seashore, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and Saint
Croix National Scenic Riverway. In production are films for Little Bighorn Battlefield, Crater Lake National Park and Shiloh National Military Park.
Wheeler's roots as a photojournalist are an important part of the way he tells stories. In 1987, Wheeler was named National Press Photographers Association
"Television Photographer of the Year," the highest award given to television photojournalists. He worked as a photojournalist for KUSA-TV for ten years. Prior
to that, Wheeler worked at television stations in Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Toledo, and Lima, Ohio. Wheeler is a 1981 graduate of Purdue University.
Jim Wilson is the Chief Photojournalist at WITI-TV in Milwaukee. He's the winner of 26 Emmys, over 200 local, state and national
awards including a Peabody Award, an SPJ National Award and two Murrow Awards for Sports Reporting. He has worked at WITI
since 1990 serving as the Coordinator of Photojournalism for more than a decade before being promoted to the department's top position
in 2009. Currently, in addition to recruiting to and keeping talented photojournalists on his staff, he regularly shoots
special projects and sports for the station.
Wilson started his career in Rockford, Illinois before working in both Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.
In his spare time, he coaches high school football. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and also
wrote a thesis to earn a Master's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Pat Woodard never served in the military, but he's always been proud of his father's service aboard the U.S.S Sabine in the
days immediately following World War 2, and his respect and appreciation for veterans increased across decades of storytelling endeavors.
In remote corners of the world devastated by natural disasters and other calamities, Pat has seen the men and women of the U.S. military
risking their own lives to save the lives of strangers, as well as making incredible personal and family sacrifices in the service of their country.
Before working in television, Pat spent 15 years in radio, eventually landing at CBS News in New York. After five years of network radio he
wanted to try a different type of storytelling, and was fortunate to be hired at one of the country's top television stations for visual storytelling;
KOMO-TV in Seattle. Two years working with an incredible staff of photojournalists were an invaluable way to see the power of the medium for
communicating even routine stories in compelling ways.
At KMGH-TV in Denver, Pat spent a decade covering stories big and small, carving out a niche that broadened into long form and documentary work,
and increasing recognition for his storytelling skills. Pat's work at KMGH earned him well over 100 awards for television excellence, including
numerous EMMYs and Edward R. Murrow awards. Pat also began teaching television writing and storytelling at national workshops and seminars.
Freelancing since 2000, Pat has been commissioned hundreds of times by outlets including the National Geographic Channel,
the Hallmark Channel, Fox Sports, PBS and many others.
Pat is thrilled and honored to be part of the team assembled to help the men and women
featured in V-Day 11.11.11 tell stories that should never be forgotten.