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‘Lady Bird’ tunnels below Washington

Into the ground ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 14 Peering down a dizzying 100-plus feet into the man-made abyss. Darr Beiser, Natalie diBlasio and I descended 100 feet below the ground in southeast Washington recently, then traveled over a mile on rail to reach the tunnel-digging phenomenon “Ladybird.” The 440-foot long, alien-like machine […]

Then and now

On Feb. 11, 1964, The Fab Four performed their first concert in America to a packed crowd of more than 8,000 screaming fans, mostly teenagers, on a blustery, snowy night in the nation’s capital. Just two nights after their introduction to the country on The Ed Sullivan Show, the foursome rocked the Washington Coliseum with […]

It was 50 years ago: Beatles’ first U.S. concert

On Feb. 11, 1964, The Fab Four performed their first concert in America to a packed crowd of more than 8,000 screaming fans, mostly teenagers, on a blustery, snowy night in the nation’s capital. Just two nights after their introduction to the country on The Ed Sullivan Show, the foursome rocked the Washington Coliseum with […]


Homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012.

Jersey Shore recovery: Normandy Beach, N.J.

This series of 8 before and after panoramas shows the differences between January and mid-June of 2013. Chronicled the hurricane damage with Marisol Bello and Jack Gruber, great friends and teammates with common goals.

Seaside Heights open for business in wake of Sandy

USAT photographer Jack Gruber, reporter Marisol Bello and I traveled three times to the areas in New Jersey devastated last October by Superstorm Sandy. This series of 8 panoramas contrast the same scenes in Seaside Heights in both December and May.

Where gun ownership runs deep

The school shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn., have put gun ownership in sharp focus lately. Reporter Chuck Raasch and I traveled to Fairmont, W.Va., to a firearms range to meet with a group of sports shooters and hunters, most of whom grew up with guns in their homes. Here are some of their views on […]


Joe Paterno monument removed

Following months of devastating accusations and commission findings, Penn State board decided that the statue memorializing Coach Joe Paterno had to go. I set to work finding images that would show the area outside the stadium, now vacant and devoid of any tributes. Using basic Photoshop tools, I was able to overlay two images almost […]

BP oil spill threatens crabbers’ livelihoods

BP oil spill threatens crabbers’ livelihoods from denny gainer on Vimeo. As we worked on the Katrina project, it became apparent that we would have to include the BP oil disaster as part of the presentation. This video was included in last chapter titled Unsettled, and it told the stories of the distraught fishermen of […]

Cowboys Stadium panos: Home of Superbowl XLV

                  Two weeks before Super Bowl XLV, USA Today partnered with Junaio to explore the realms of augmented reality. I went to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas to take a series of panoramas that would offer a tour of the gigantic playing arena. Cowboys vice president Bruce Hardy […]


Katrina: 5 years later

Our project team set out in April to demonstrate in multimedia where New Orleans and the Gulf Coast stood five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area and killed nearly 2,000 people. After a successful week traveling the Gulf Coast to re-photograph areas destroyed in Katrina’s wake and gather other panoramas and video,  disaster struck […]

Vancouver on the rocks

During the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics, colleague Dennis Moore and I traveled as a team documenting the colorful perimeter events surrounding the actual Games. We had a blast and came across many diverse feature events during our three weeks there. One of the more unusual haunts in town was the temporary ice bar, where the […]


A farm of many faces

Josh and I met Joel Salatin on a somewhat blustery, wild weather spring day in 2009 at his sprawling Polyface farm in Staunton, Va. He took us on a virtual tour of our food chain, explaining why farming needed to return to its roots. It was a hoot being with Joel that day, seeing the […]

A church battles Alzheimer’s disease

Meeting Pastor James Brown was one of the more memorable events in my career as a journalist. From the sparkling eyes to the wide-faced smile, the charismatic evangelist is hard to resist, especially when he starts talking about solutions to Alzheimer’s Disease. My six-chapter video series, all shot within a 36-hour period, complemented reporter Mary […]

Beijing Olympics 2008

During the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008, Dave Teeuwen and I teamed up to produce daily sights and sounds presentations based on feature ideas and news stories coming out of the Games. This presentation, which opens and closes with the lavish ceremonies, was smartly designed by Kristen Novak.


NewSong Festival

It was early September, 2003, when designer and friend Ron Coddington approached me about doing a project that would plumb the depths of internet journalism. I suggested my interest in an upcoming song competition to be held in nearby Charles Town, WVa., and Ron eagerly voiced his approval. With the backing of Jessica O’Neal, we […]

2004 GOP Convention

The first presidential convention since 9/11 transformed New York City, especially the expanded perimeter of Madison Square Garden, into an armed camp preparing for the arrival of President Bush. Producer Emily Murphy and myself documented the behind the scenes activities that spanned from massive protest marches down Broadway to earnest college Republicans voicing their support […]

2004 Democratic Convention

In July of 2004, producer Emily Murphy and myself headed to Beantown to peak behind the scenes of the Democratic Convention, an action-packed week that anointed John Kerry and John Edwards to run against President Bush and Vice President Cheney. I shot and edited the stills while Emily gathered and edited the audio, which was […]