Hi, I'm Kevin!
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I'm a reporter who loves to tell intimate, human stories by way of photos, sound, words, illustration, data viz and video. My favorite projects combine media to tell each piece of a story in the most direct and visceral way possible.
I currently work for Denverite.com, a hyper-local news site that's part of Colorado Public Radio. My colleagues rely on me to add magic sauce to their pieces, the creative stuff that helps their work sing. I also report across beats on stories that have strong visual potential, from long-term embeds photographing families grappling with social justice issues to map-heavy projects on pollution and demographic data.
My work revolves around creative thinking to frame people's stories better and present them with beauty and empathy.
photos • data • illustrations • gifs
Denverite.com, multimedia guru and reporter
Spring 2016 - Present
I write stories and make photos, videos, illustrations, animations and custom embeds for this hyper-local news site. I prefer stories with central characters that have potential to be told through strong visuals, like a piece from 2020 about a mother dealing with her husband's recent deportation. I'm also drawn to data reporting, as that scratches an itch in the nerdy part of my brain. I recently launched a project to provide readers with live updates on local air quality.
In 2019, we were acquired by Colorado Public Radio, so now I make radio stories and provide visual services for their newsroom. It's given me an opportunity to contribute to NPR, like I did with a recent feature about record numbers of overdose investigations for Denver's coroner – all while his budget was cut due to the recession.
I was specifically named in CPR's newsroom-wide award as "journalists of the year" by the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists for my work illustrating their long-term project on teens and mental health (see examples below). I've also won local awards for my photos, videos and stories.
Society of Environmental Journalists, conference organizer, AV nerd and media producer
Spring 2015 - Present
I help SEJ's annual conferences run smoothly. I coordinate bus tours, catering, registration and AV. This may seem unrelated to my reporting, but I believe the organizational mindset I've honed here helps me succeed in every sector of my work. This experience has also given me a broad perspective on environmental issues and reporting in the U.S. and abroad.
Freelance media producer
Spring 2011 - Spring 2016
Before I landed a staff position, I produced photos, videos and code for all kinds of clients. I co-founded a project to make 100 short videos about Charlotte, NC. I engineered an interactive special section commemorating Rocky Mountain National Park's centennial for the Estes Park Trail-Gazette. I shot commercial photos for dog fashion companies and made commercial video for human fashion companies. I did headshots, corporate events and some weddings. I made animated trailers for novels and graphic design for kids products. I also sold newspaper ads and waited so many tables.
Boston University, major in film production
This program was a practical education for working on a set in a major market. I learned to plan and execute projects from pre- to post-production, design studio lighting schemes and run a crew.
I held seven internships while I was in school. To name a few: I worked in a large Hollywood production office, reading scripts and getting coffee. I helped run a media vault for a large commercial production company. I was an assistant editor on a number of documentaries.
Some stories I'm fond of: