News man and communications professional
I have written and produced a number of
short documentaries and am an avid home video maker.
Ever since an early job running tapes in master control at the local NBC affiliate, I've loved working with video.
Some of the most enjoyable – and challenging – projects in my career have been videos.
Most of the projects below are from my time at the World Food Prize, where I was lucky enough to tell the stories of some truly amazing people.
As one of my first assignments for The Local Denmark, I returned to my home state of Iowa and paid a visit to Elk Horn, a small rural community built upon its Danish heritage for a short video report and written companion.
Tattoo Ole in Copenhagen is the world's oldest still functioning tattoo shop but its future is in jeopardy. In 2017, I paid the shop a visit to speak to the owner about its storied history – and to get some new ink. The Facebook version of this video has well over 30,000 views (but an unfortunate typo – hey, nobody's perfect!). I also did a longer write-up on this threatened piece of Danish cultural history.
Copenhagen has tried to legalize marijuana on a number of occasions in recent years. Each time, the national government has rejected the plans. In 2014, as Colorado and Washington began selling legal weed, I spoke to Denmark's leading advocate (written report here).
Between 2005-2010, I wrote and produced short documentaries about the recipients of the annual World Food Prize. Of the six laureate videos I produced, my favorite story is that of the Ethiopian-born 2009 winner Gebisa Ejeta. In the playlist that follows, the 2005-2008 Laureate Videos are also mine and the 201o video can be seen here.
While each World Food Prize winner has their own fascinating story, the story of the Prize itself is also interesting. In 2006, I wrote and produced a video for the organization's 20th anniversary that traced its origins and looked towards the future.
In addition to presenting the annual World Food Prize and hosting a top-level international symposium on food and agriculture issues, the World Food Prize Foundation also runs amazing youth programs. Below is a short video about the Youth Institute and the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship.
When I left the organization in 2010, it was well on its way to transforming the former public library in downtown Des Moines into the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates. The below video was produced as part of a successful $30 million fundraising project. The Hall of Laureates opened in 2011. Learn more.
As a proud father of two kids, I also spend a lot of time chronicling our adventures as an international family. Every year since my eldest was born, I have produced an annual video for family and friends (and let's face it, they are the only ones likely interested). Here's a trip to the charming Danish island of Ærø to give you an idea.
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