When someone asks what I like about working as a filmmaker, there's only one answer. Storytelling is what I do best and love most. Whether I'm producing a project about the living children of Civil War veterans or directing an animated film about 40,000 years of human history buried beneath London, I thrive on making simple material exciting and difficult material easy to understand.
At National Geographic I established the magazine's first multimedia production team and supervised all aspects of its digital video presence (online, mobile, and tablet), including hiring and managing a staff of award-winning producers. I directed the journalistic focus and style of videos and supervised all stages of production.
My animated film, Walking With Giants: How the Easter Island Moai Moved, earned the magazine its first Emmy nomination and my television series, NatGeo's Most Amazing Photos, is still in syndication worldwide. In 20 episodes, it tells the stories of some of the world's most accomplished photographers as they try to capture their most challenging images.
At the Travel Channel I was a supervising producer managing short form video and before that I was a producer, editor, and science reporter at Discovery Communications where I focused on natural history and interactive video.
I studied film at New York University, newsroom management at Poynter News University, and science at the Harvard Extension school.
I grew up in northern Michigan and -- when not on assignment -- I love reading, running, hiking and visiting obscure museums in far away places.