Teen Invents Flashlight That Could Change The World

Produced for ABC NEWS. Published for Feb. 25, 2014.

Ann Makosinski was just another teenager with another science project when she joined her local science fair in Victoria, Canada, last year. Her invention, a flashlight that is powered solely from hand heat, took second place at the competition.But had Ann left her project in Victoria, the world may have missed out on a light source that doesn’t use batteries, solar power or wind energy

Credits: Sole camera, producer and writer.

 

Columbia Journalism Review: The Ritual

Produced, shot and edited for the Columbia Journalism Review. July 2011.

An examination of Israel’s photojournalism apparatus and its coverage of the weekly demonstrations by Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Credits: Camera, producer, editor.
Second camera: Christopher Bobyn. Production Assistant: Robert Lampard.

 

 

Shell Games: The Medicare Swindle

Produced for Reuters TV. Published December 21, 2011.

How can criminals use a UPS store, an apartment complex, and a rural barn in Tennessee to bill Medicare for phony medical treatments? In this latest installment of Reuters’ Shell Games series, special correspondent Brian Grow gets to the bottom of a scam that is costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Credits: sole camera, producer, writer and editor.

Egypt’s presidential election: Casting my first vote

Produced for Reuters TV. June 15, 2012.

Egypt’s first presidential election poll took place in May 2012. I shadowed Mohamed Hassan, a 27-year-old office worker, during those two historic days.

Credits: sole camera, producer, and editor.

Amid fracking boom, unlicensed middlemen often closing the deals

Produced for Reuters TV. Published Oct. 1, 2012.

Drilling companies are hiring and dispatching brokers to cut deals with local land owners for their mineral rights. The mission of these so-called “land men”: Close the deal quickly. Reuters travelled to Carroll County, Ohio, to find out more about this unregulated aspect of the hydraulic fracturing boom.

Credits: sole camera, producer, writer and editor.

Jihad Jane, Part II: The order to kill

Produced for Reuters TV. Edited by Christian Lesperance. Dec. 10, 2012.

Colleen LaRose, an American who became radicalized online, plotted to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, whom she believed blasphemed the Prophet Mohammad. LaRose’s mission would take her to Ireland, where she wanted to train for her jihad. Read the multi-part print piece by John Shiffman here.

Credits: sole camera, producer, writer. Edited by Christian Lesperance.

Jihad Jane, Part I: From abused child to American jihadist

Produced for Reuters TV. Dec. 9, 2012.

Colleen LaRose, an American woman who called herself Jihad Jane online, was arrested in 2009 for plotting to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. Reuters investigative correspondent John Shiffman chronicles LaRose on her to journey to jihad, beginning with her abusive childhood. This first installment of a two-part series was packaged with a serialized text piece by John Shiffman.

Credits: sole camera, producer, writer and editor.

“Little America,” a tiny town caught in the middle of a war (featuring David Rohde)

Produced for Reuters TV. Published June 1, 2012.

In 2004, Reuters Columnist David Rohde discovered the largest development project in Afghanistan’s history, a town nicknamed “Little America.” Rohde documented his subsequent trips with a handheld video camera. The town’s story — and what it says about America’s role and future in the world — haunts him still.

Credits: co-writer and editor.

Drugs and illegal immigrants stream across Brazil’s borders

Produced for Reuters TV. Published April 12, 2012.

Brazil has the third longest border in the world and shares it with 10 neighboring countries. It’s 5 times as long as the troubled U.S./Mexico border and extremely difficult to monitor. See how Brazil struggles with dense jungle, surging drug trafficking and addiction.

Credits: writer and editor

Egypt: From hope to harsh reality in one month

Produced for Reuters TV. Published June 18, 2012.

This video time capsule shows the optimism leading up to Egypt’s first, free presidential election in its history. But, in the weeks that followed, the parliament was dissolved and the military’s power expanded, dashing the hopes of Egypt’s young voters.

Credits: camera, producer and editor.