Course of Life

A demonstrator gestures toward police just after a brief skirmish broke out during an economic justice demonstration in Washington, D.C. in 2000. Photograph by Jim MacMillan

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: PCGVR.org

• 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: IBGVR.org

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
• Generocity.org, 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

Education

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

Certifications

• Human subject research 
• Threat assessment 
• Hostile environment reporting