A nurse’s wait for electricity

Isabel Ramirez Justiniano tends to her patients in northern Bolivia in near darkness. She does her best to help her neighbors with their ailments until they can reach a remote hospital that can treat them with modern medicine. Thanks to electric cooperatives in Oklahoma and Missouri and the Energy Bar Association, Isabel will soon have […]

Arlington National Cemetery at 150

It was an honor to work on this project and I sincerely thank Arlington Cemetery’s Melissa Bohan and Sgt. Ben Navratil at Fort Myers, both of who donated precious time to accompany researcher Joan Murphy and me around the cemetery. The immersive experience was made a reality by developers Chad Palmer and Mitchell Thorson, who […]

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 […]

Ghost Factories: Poison from the past

  Proud to be part of an exhaustive investigative piece that identifies lingering dangers from lead smelters that operated in our major cities a century ago. First place winner of the 2013 Loeb Award for the Online division; Winner of 2013 duPont-Columbia award, EPPY investigative award and APME’s First place for Interactive Storytelling.¬† Ghost Factories

Boston manhunt map

After a terrifying week of shock, anger and sadness, the search for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings took a sudden and surprising turn April 18. Designer/developer Juan Thomassie and I worked to produce a map that followed the timeline of the chaotic and unbelievable chase that ended with one suspect’s apprehension and his […]

When the earth opens

                        When the earth opened and swallowed¬† Jeff Bush, the world was horrified, and wanted to know how and why this could occur. We came up with this sequencer to explain the phenomenon.

Trayvon Martin timeline

Our team developed this multimedia timeline in an attempt to bring the events that happened on Feb. 26 to readers so that they can view the evidence at hand. Click on Trayvon Martin timeline  

George McGovern: Philosopher and politician

I met McGovern at a rally at a suburban Detroit mall in 1972, covering his appearance for the Michigan Daily as a staff photographer. He was a gentle man who virulently opposed the Vietnam War; unfortunately he was ahead of his time and lost 49 states to Richard Nixon. The Watergate scandal unfolded shortly after […]

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 […]

Earthquake in Japan

USA Today hired freelance photographer Andrew Burton to cover the aftermath of the earthquake-tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11. I edited Andrew’s audio file sent from Japan and put together this narrated slideshow of his terrific and heart-rending photography. .

Generations project

USA Today, the newspaper, was doing a series on Baby Boomers turning 65 in 2011. Figuring the audience at skewed younger, our projects team proposed an interactive, fun-oriented quiz that would place people in the generation they grew up in. Julia Schmalz and I researched nine categories spanning a 90-year period that included the […]

2010: The year in pictures

Our team produced this package of the best of the year pictures in four categories. Check it out.

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 […]

Earthquake in Haiti

The Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti produced some of the most compelling images ever captured in the week following the massive natural disaster. Maybe because location in the western hemisphere made it more accessible, and maybe more important to the U.S. than previous earthquakes around the world. Advances in digital photography and satellite […]

Barack Obama Inauguration

Electricity was in the air the morning of Jan. 20, 2009, as Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president and the country’s first black leader. The streets of Washington were jammed with spectators hoping to get a glimpse of history in the making. I worked all day and into the night trying to assemble […]

Window to War

Evan Eile proposed the project, contacting his colleague Getty photographer Chris Hondros who had just published an amazing set of photos taken from inside the confines of a military Humvee patrolling the streets of Baghdad. Photo Director Mick Cochran selected the photos and Dave Teeuwen edited the audio. I worked with Ron Coddington to design […]

Reclaimed by Nature

In September, 2007, two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and inundated New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, USA TODAY photographer H. Darr Beiser returned to check up on the recovery efforts. He also had recently read Alan Weisman’s book The World Without Us and had noted the similarities between what was described in […]