digital stories and photographs


Lessons from working in the White House

On the eve of the inauguration of America’s 45th president, Harvard graduate students share their experiences of working inside the White House. It was a pleasure to meet these women and men as I made this video for Harvard Business School.

The invention of “instant” photography

I began this multimedia project by recording an audio interview with Melissa Banta, curator of the exhibit – “At the intersection of science and art: Edwin Land and the Polaroid Corporation” – at the Baker Library of Harvard Business School. The library’s special collections director Laura Linard provided me with digital scans of the Polaroid images. I edited the piece in After Effects.

Precision Medicine

I learned a lot about precision medicine when shooting and editing this piece that features Kerri, a young mother battling choriocarcinoma. She gracefully volunteered to appear in this video promoting a call for help in transforming the clinical trials process to bring new medicines targeted to patients’ personal genomes to market faster.

The overnight baker

The muffins and pastries served in dining rooms and at gatherings around campus are made from scratch in the Harvard Business School kitchen. Kimberly Aguiar, overnight baker, makes sure they come out just right.
I shot and edited this story for publication by the Harvard Business School on its internal websites as well as its social media channels.

It’s autumn in Boston

It’s an annual event that never ceases to amaze. I created this video for Harvard Business School students, staff and alumni.

Autumn at HBS from HBS Marketing & Communications on Vimeo.

Video storytelling as marketing

I shot and edited this video in my new position as digital media manager and producer at the Harvard Business School.

Enough already

It snowed today. Again.

The value of professional photojournalism

It’s nice to see Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki featured in this video that is part of a research project by the National Press Photographer’s Association:

from NPPA on Vimeo.

A Maine winter

When I woke up Tuesday, the world had turned white. Wind gusts of 30 and 40mph made the walking and shooting a challenge at best. I edited this video, which combines clips shot around southern Maine by staff photographers Derek Davis, Shawn Ouellette, Gregory Rec and Carl Walsh.

Maine’s meth problem continues to grow

Tabbatha Osnoe describes how she lost everything to her addiction to methamphetamines. Maine is seeking to combat meth and the small do-it-yourself manufacturing operations that pose their own dangers, as arrest numbers grow and addiction takes its toll. I photographed and edited this video with Press Herald video reporter Susan Kimball, while our crime reporter Dave Hench wrote the print story.

A witness to Pearl Harbor

“All the sudden you could feel the vibrations. And that’s when they screamed on the loudspeaker, ‘Air raid! Air raid!’ ” recalls Jim Watson, 95, who was below deck on the USS Phoenix when Japan attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.

Democracy takes time

It was a long Election Day on Nov. 4, with the winner of the hotly contested governors race not known until after midnight. (Incumbent Paul LePage, a Republican, beat Democrat Mike Michaud, who had served 12 years in Congress and, before that, 20 years in the state legislature.) I edited this glimpse of voters shot by Portland Press Herald staff photographers at several polling places in southern Maine.

Maine State Prison guard says he was hazed

The turnover rate among rookie guards in the Maine state prison system is 80 percent. Some of the reasons why become clear when watching one of those guards tell what happened to him on May 11, 2014. The hazing he endured included being handcuffed and threatened with pepper spray, says Cory Peaslee, 20, a former guard at Maine State Prison in Warren. The story prompted the Press Herald to write an editorial on the topic.

Miniature goats deliver creamy yield at Buxton farm

Marie and Tim Clements started raising Nigerian dwarf goats as a retirement hobby. They didn’t plan to fall in love with the animals and make a ton of goat cheese in a year.

Woman sues GM over burns that scarred her for life

Emma Verrill, a Yarmouth resident who became a paraplegic in high school, is now suing General Motors over an SUV seat heater malfunction that left her bed-ridden for 10 weeks and scarred for life.

Maine man remembers the Navajo code talkers

John McLeod, 91, worked side by side with Navajo code talkers during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Story published on Aug. 14, 2014, National Navajo Code Talkers Day. It is also the 69th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, or V-J Day, which marked the end of World War II.

A hands-free dog leash

Bill Feldman of Portland, Maine has invented a device to make walking the dog an easier undertaking.

Baby seal beached in Portland’s Back Cove

Animal care workers eventually removed the seal from the cove, which is very close to the I-295 highway, so that it could be examined.

Coming Aug. 2: The 17th annual Beach to Beacon 10K

Sheri Piers and Kristin Barry, among Maine’s top women competitors, share their views on this race that has become a favorite for many runners.

Vietnam Vet receives Silver Star 44 years after battle

On Oct. 15, 1970, Rob Jackson, who was then 22, did something most soldiers wouldn’t do. He ran into the middle of a ferocious firefight – unarmed. He was a conscientious objector, and an Army medic, in Vietnam. He was willing to serve but he didn’t want to kill anyone. Forty-four years later, he is ready to receive the Silver Star that he once refused.

Full Circle from kunhardt photo on Vimeo.

Idol aspirations

On July 9, more than a thousand would-be singing stars stood in line for five hours or longer to sing just a snippet of a song for producers of the TV show American Idol. It was the first time in the 12-year history of the star-making Fox TV show that auditions were held in Portland, Maine. As men and women of all ages waited, the Portland Press Herald asked the television hopefuls to sing the pop song “Let it Go.”

Blind young Mainer lives one day at a time

Jacob Allen, 20, has bilateral anophthalmia. He was born without eyes. A recent graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts, he now faces the transition to life after school. Portland Press Herald video reporter Susan Kimball narrates.

Recovering from a brain injury

Life changed in an instant for Meredith Bell, when she slipped in an icy parking lot and hit her head. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and now is recovering from a frightening physical deterioration. Portland Press Herald video reporter Susan Kimball wrote and narrated this story.

Taking the risk to read

Literacy students at the Harrison Elementary School in Maine gain practice reading aloud – to a Dalmation named Ghost. Portland Press Herald video reporter Susan Kimball wrote and narrated this story.