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Inside SisterMentors, a nonprofit group that mentors girls from low-income families and helps women complete their dissertations. Shireen K. Lewis is dedicated to increasing the number of minority women who have earned Ph.D.s. As founder of the nonprofit SisterMentors, Ms. Lewis takes a holistic approach, helping minority girls realize and develop their talents. The organization […]

Immigrant students share what college means to them, and their fears as they wait for Donald J. Trump and his administration to take office. One of the women came to the United States on her own when she was 15; others came as children, brought to this country by their parents. They are known as […]

                                I had great plans for photographing spring migration, but I had more rain-outs than I can count. It was always worth the adventure – just to be out. Seeing firsthand the relationship between the migrating Red Knots and the spawning […]

Now that graduations are in full swing and summer is upon us, I have a couple minutes to catch-up and reflect on my work form the past five months. First it was an amazing honor to have ‘Ask Me’ be a finalist for a Webby Award. As you can see were were in good company. […]

Janice Lloyd wrote a nice Q & A off of our Cuba Trip. From what i have read it sounds like we beat the rush! Cuba is well worth the adventure. Let’s just hope they keep seeing preserving their natural resources as a priority.  

Our trip to Cuba was not to take photographs, it was to help with the Christmas Bird Count, but Cuba is a photographers dream. I had to take a few snaps. In our free time Janice and I did as much wandering as we could. Our routine went something like this – gather at 6:00 […]

I was the most excited about heading two hours west of Havana to the rural are of Viñales, known for limestone hills called Mogotes. The Hotel Jasmine did not disappoint with its spectacular views of the valley. Birding in this region included navigating many pigs who were always more curious than threatening. Birds in this […]

The second region we travelled to was Playa Larga, using the Hotel Playa Larga as our base – one of the hotel’s cinderblock chalets is pictured below.   We saw the smallest bird in the world – the Bee Hummingbird while birding at Bermeja. On a sunset dash out to find Cuban Parakeets, I got some […]

On our last full day in Cuba we conducted the first Winter Bird Count at the National Botanical Garden just outside of Havana. Built during the Soviet era, the Garden at one point was a real gem. Without funding the grounds and features are in disrepair, but the mature trees and plants make for excellent […]

While researching issues for transgender college students, I had the opportunity to spend a few day at Campus Pride’s summer leadership camp for LGBTQ student leaders. I wanted to make sure I knew the issues so I pitched doing an interview video. All but two of the interviews for ‘Ask Me’ were shot in a […]

As we are seeing summer leave all too quickly and schools star to welcome students, I thought I would dedicate the opening slideshow to some of my favorite Maine memories. It’s time to get fresh lobsters, walk on the beach, and listen to the waves. New video projects will roll out in September and October, […]

We were in good company this year when one of our Chronicle Review covers was a finalist in the ASME Brainiest cover category. First place went to Bloomberg Businessweek and the other finalist was Wired magazine. As Ron Coddington confesses in the entry, it was a very close to deadline shoot that he and Scott […]

On March 3rd the president of Sweet Briar college, a women’s college in rural Virginia, announced the school would close. Shocking students, faculty and alums there is now a court battle going on over the institution’s fate. I went down and produced this voice from Sweet Briar video. The opening slideshow is from the tilt-shift […]

We recently redesigned our sister publication, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and I have been fortunate to shoot the second cover for the April issue. I played around with a few different looks, going old school “painting with light” for the blue image we used with the electric streaks I used an off camera flash with […]

I first started going to Trinity College in Washington, D.C. when I would bring my mother over to visit one of her childhood friends, Sister Anne Cecelia. I love old buildings and wanted to know more about the old Main Hall and its resident nuns. After visiting with the archivist, Sister Mary Hayes, it quickly […]

As I’m watching a nasty wintery-mix come down in Northern Virginia, I decided that now would be a good time to add some greenery to my site from a recent trip to Costa Rica. Enjoy this break from academia while I work on my next project. In the front slideshow I have added photos of […]

I’m Shmacked. Blacked Out Media. Red Cup Nation. Three companies that share one business plan: to sponsor college parties, film them, and sell the vision that this is what campus life is all about.  This video is part of the Chronicle’s A River of Booze Special Report.

In Academe, the Future Is Part-Time Reporters at The Chronicle share the trends they see as the growth of the work force transforms the professoriate.

The president of Saint Paul’s College, Millard (Pete) Stith, has the unusual mandate of selling his institution. He took over management after the historically black college was unable to pay its debts, lost its accreditation, and closed in 2013. Along with a staff of 22, he maintains the campus in hopes that another college will […]

I visited the Old Post Office when we were working on our profile of General Services Administrator Dan Tangherlini. One of my interests is historic preservation and I love that the GSA is leasing properties instead of tearing them down. The Old Post Office is a gem. I think most people envision its sparsely populated […]

This was one of our “kickers,” or end packages, for Capitol Gains that was reused by Bloomberg Television. A fun pool to hang out at at the end of the summer. If you want a glimpse of the Navy’s warships of the future, you might want to start in the Maryland suburbs just outside Washington. […]

There are certain politicians that regardless of your political leanings command respect – Senator John McCain is one. He was our guest today at a Bloomberg Government lunch with reporters, editors and analysts. The questions for the Arizona Republican were wide ranging. Here is a story that Kathleen Hunter and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan did on […]

Robert Watson is a true gem and this profile was fun to work on. It is also example of how a great headline can help an online video. Robert tells me that he is having a lot of laughs when Willard co-workers now refer to him as The Most Powerful Man in Washington.

I create the bumps for Capitol Gains. I know – what does that mean? These are short “video sketches” that get incorporated with the show branding when we come back from commercial. There are two or three of them a show. What makes them fun is I have license to wander and experiment. The executive […]