What do you do best?
I'm a former web developer/coder, and I was able to take that skill and meld it with the craft of journalistic storytelling. I love researching the nuance, design, and impact of interactive multimedia web stories. There is a tremendous power of leveraging all the different media types — text, video, photo, and audio — to imbue an audience with a story's essence.
What makes you the best?
I'm far to modest to ever claim such a title. But to the second part of the question about how I got here was persistence, an enterprising spirit, and a little bit of chance. I think employers in this industry value strong work ethic, people who volunteer for every opportunity, and push the boundaries of the craft with innovative thinking. I try to be fearlessly experimental, passionate about my work, and detailed to a fault.
What are your aspirations?
To make a positive difference in the lives of others with the work I do. There is an old adage that says teachers affect eternity, because they never know where their influence stops.
Being in the position I am today.
Most Challenging Moment?
Dealing with the death of a colleague who stood up for me, trained me, and believed in me. Paul Grabowicz was the founder of our New Media program and passed away in late 2015.
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." - Antoine de Saint Exupéry
My family. My daughter reminds me to be young and to appreciate life at every moment.
Many of the redwood forests in California.
I'm a sucker for modern technology with vintage designs. I like the old Leica camera looks, leather sheath.
I'm really fascinated by encryption technologies. Many people think of encryption as only a method of hiding content. But there is a whole other layer that deals with verification and building trust networks. It will be interesting to see the novel ways of how it could shape the digital ecosystem in the future.