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Emily Kassie is an Emmy-nominated journalist and filmmaker. She has covered conflict and corruption in America and internationally for the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, Highline, the Guardian and more. She is currently the Director of Visual Projects at The Marshall Project where she oversees and reports stories on criminal justice. Her work has been honored with a National Magazine Award, two Murrow Awards, two World Press Photo Awards, an Overseas Press Club Award, the Peabody Futures of Media Award, and four National Press Photographers Awards among others. In 2019 she was named Multimedia Journalist of the Year by POYi and Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media. She is a graduate of Brown University (BA) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil) where she was a Gates Scholar.
Eric Seals has covered many events for the Free Press from the Intifadas in Israel/Palestine, 5 months in the war on Iraq & many sports from the Olympics in Rio, Beijing and South Korea to several Super Bowls, World Series, College Football National Championships & NBA Finals.
Eric has been recognized for his photo and video storytelling with a national Edward R. Murrow award, a national Webby Award, multiple Michigan Press Photographer Association Multimedia Photographer of the Year awards, several POYi awards and nine regional Emmys.
Teaching is a big passion for him. He coaches at various workshops from the NPPA Multimedia Immersion at Syracuse University, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, Missouri Photo Workshop, University of South Carolina Workshop, the Western Kentucky University’s Mountain Workshops and the Lens Collective at the University of Mississippi.
He has also judged & spoke at several national & state contests including the Northern Short Course & the Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism.
Quynhanh Do is a senior video journalist based in New York City since 2010. She has more than a decade of experience producing daily and breaking news for The New York Times and NBC News. She has led newsrooms in live video coverage of major domestic and international stories such as the Paris terror attacks, the 2016 US election and the refugee crisis in Europe.
She is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news coverage of the 2015 Paris terror attacks, an Overseas Press Club Award for TV spot news reporting of the Paris attacks, and a NATAS-PSW Emmy Award for team coverage of the 2007 San Diego wildfires.
Outside of news, she freelances as an illustrator and painter. As a self-taught artist, much of what she has learned comes from her observation, interaction and appreciation of great artwork.
Swikar Patel films, photographs, produces and edits visual stories. He facilitates production on all levels approaching each project with a balance of responsibility, empathy and creative curiosity. Swikar's clients include Nike, Foot Locker, eBay, AARP, ESPN, Facebook, The New York Times, U.S. Department of Defense, Museum Access, Higher Achievement, Housing Up, Education Week, The PBS NewsHour, The Chronicle of Higher Ed, The Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., Museum Access, Population Services International, Proclaim Justice, Mother Jones, and The Wall Street Journal. Currently, he is providing visual storytelling support and creation as the Director of Video and Photo for Toyota Racing Division’s driver development program in Cornelius, North Carolina.
Shane O'Neill is a senior video editor at the New York Times. During his tenure at the Times he has produced the short documentary "Who Threw The First Brick at Stonewall?", produced and edited the internet culture series "Internetting With Amanda Hess," edited the geopolitics series "The Interpreter" and covered the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
O'Neill's work has won a Silver Medal for Society for News Design, honors from the Deadline Club, a RIAS award for his work on the documentary "Land of Good" and an Emmy nomination for the Times' collaboration with POV, "Who, Me? Biased?" He lives in Brooklyn, NY with a boyfriend named Dusty and a cat named Wanda.
Nyier Abdou is a freelance video journalist, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. A longtime newspaper reporter, she was based in Egypt for more than six years before moving back to her home state of New Jersey to join The Star-Ledger newspaper, where she worked for nine years as a general assignment reporter. She was among the first reporters in the Ledger newsroom to be trained in video and later moved from print to video full time, going on to produce award-winning documentaries and news features with the paper. Her work has earned her six New York Emmy awards, including best documentary and writing for her film “Being George.” She teaches video storytelling at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.