Course of Life

The sun rises through smoke and dust over the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 12, 2001. Photograph by Jim MacMillan. (More info at bottom of page.)

About me

At present

• Developing the new Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at the Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership at Community College of Philadelphia, and managing the Center’s inaugural program: The Credible Messenger Reporting Project. Visit:

• Directing the Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting, developing a set of best practices and exploring the hypothesis that new methods can prevent shootings and save lives. Visit:

Previous appointments

• Residential Fellow, Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri School of Journalism 
• Journalist in Residence, Swarthmore College 
• Fellow, Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab, University of Pennsylvania 
• Practitioner in Residence, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University 
• Ochberg Fellow, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University 
• Knight Fellow in Medicine/Health Sciences Journalism, Knight-Wallace Fellows, University of Michigan 

Former photojournalist

• The Associated Press, Baghdad 
• Philadelphia Daily News 
• The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
• The Daily Transcript, Dedham, Mass.
• Freelance news photographer, Boston 

Photojournalism honors

• The Pulitzer Prize 
• The Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents
• Sigma Delta Chi Award
• National Headliner Award

Former editor and producer

• The Gun Crisis Reporting Project 
• War News Radio 
• Independent social media journalist  
• Philadelphia Daily News Video 

Hometown honors

• Best of Philly
• Pen and Pencil Awards
• Philadelphia Geek Award
• Mothers in Charge Partner in Peace
• Philadelphia CeaseFire Community Award
• Philadelphia Firefighters Union Media Award
• Keystone Awards Distinguished Visual Journalist
• Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Best of Show

Past faculty appointments

• Assistant Professor, University of Missouri School of Journalism, 2009-2010
• Visiting Assistant Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Swarthmore College, 2011-2012
• Adjunct Faculty, Carter Journalism Institute, New York University, 2010-2011
• Adjunct Professor, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University, 2005-2015

Courses created

• Peace Journalism, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Swarthmore College 
• Solutions Journalism, Department of Journalism, Temple University 
• Trauma Journalism, Department of Journalism, Temple University 

Additional courses taught

• Convergence Multimedia Fundamentals, Reporting and Editing, University of Missouri School of Journalism
• Photojournalism Portfolio, Department of Journalism, Temple University
• Multimedia Reporting, Carter Journalism Institute, New York University 
• Urban Photojournalism, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University (workshops) 

Former college administrator

• Assistant director for external affairs, Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University
• Manager for Media and Social Responsibility, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Swarthmore College

Current board appointments

• Mothers In Charge, board of directors 
• Missouri Gun Violence Project advisory board 
• Philadelphia Obituary Project advisory board 

Past board appointments

• Temple University Journalism Department
•, Philadelphia
• Pen and Pencil Club, Philadelphia
• Free Speech Film Festival, Philadelphia
• Exposure Center for Photojournalism, Tufts University

Major exhibitions

• “New York, New York: The 20th Century,” Norton Museum of Art 
• “Manna: Masterworks from the Permanent Art Collection,” Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University 
• “Overt/Covert,” Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University 

Select lectures and panels

• Questioning our assumptions: basic reporting processes, mass tragedy and engagement, International Journalism Festival, Perugia, Italy, 2017 
• Streaming Video Journalism, IRE Conference, Philadelphia, 2015
• Gun Violence Intervention Programs, TedX Philadelphia, 2014
• Walking Through Ground Zero, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, N.Y., 2011 
• Journalism and Trauma: Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand; University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Wellington, New Zealand; 2009 
• Covering the War in Iraq, Knight-Wallace Conference, 2007
• The Battle for Najaf, Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University, 2004

Past projects, launches and collaborations

• Broke in Philly
• Center for Public Interest Journalism
• Klein News Innovation Camp
• Open Data Philly
• Philadelphia Conference of Photojournalists
• Philadelphia Initiative for Journalism Innovation
• The Reentry Project
• Temple DNC News


• Graduate studies in Journalism, Temple University
• B.S. in Education, Tufts University
• Drawing, Painting and Photography, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


• Human subject research 
• Threat assessment 
• Hostile environment reporting 

About the photograph: First Light, 09.12.01

This photograph has been exhibited alongside Edward Steichen and Paul Strand in New York and with Walker Evans and Pablo Picasso in Boston. It also once hung over an arch in Normady, during a war reporters’s conference.

On the 10th anniversary of the attack, I was invited to discuss my work from Ground Zero at The Hyde Collection in Glen Falls, NY. Journalists from the local newspaper interviewed me before and after the talk.

My friend and colleague Chris Brennan wrote about our journey into Ground Zero.