This is an extraordinary year. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much about how we operate, and it's significantly changed how we communicate with each other. It has also caused many workshops, including here at the NPPA, to be postponed or greatly reduced.
This workshop intends to go big.
Over two days, two dozen of the country's most talented, innovative video storytellers will provide information and inspiration at the NPPA Virtual Video Storytelling Workshop. Everything will be done online, which means this workshop is open to anyone with an Internet connection. Join us for a meaningful weekend of storytelling solidarity, and let's think big together.
Registration is now closed.
NPPA Members $25
FRIDAY 8/7 (all times Eastern)
10 AM: WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS: Matt Pearl, WXIA-TV
10:15 AM: BEST OF PHOTOJOURNALISM WINNERS PANEL (INDIVIDUALS): Chad Nelson & Boyd Huppert, KARE-TV
11 AM: Break
11:15 AM: COVERING COVID-19: Evelio Contreras, CNN Digital; Chris Hansen, KUSA-TV; Kendria LaFleur, KATC-TV
12 PM: Break
12:15 PM: THE GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS: Hope Ford, WXIA-TV; Tomas Hoppough, Scripps National
1 PM: Lunch Break & Critiques
2:30 PM: REPRESENTATION IN STORYTELLING: Kainaz Amaria, Vox; Adrienne Broaddus, KARE-TV; Tawanda Scott Sambou, CNN Digital
3:15 PM: Break
3:30 PM: SOLO SUPERSTARS: Tiffany Liou, WFAA-TV; Forrest Sanders, WSMV-TV; Heidi Wigdahl, KARE-TV
4:15 PM: Farewell
SATURDAY 8/8 (all times Eastern)
10:30 AM: WELCOME: Matt Pearl, WXIA-TV
10:45 AM: BEST OF PHOTOJOURNALISM WINNERS PANEL (STATIONS): Anne Herbst, KUSA-TV; Brad Wilson, WTVR-TV; Glen Biermann, KCCI-TV
11:30 AM: BEYOND BROADCAST: Haimy Assefa, NBC Left Field & more; Ramon Dompor, Seattle Times; Reshma Kirpalani, McClatchy
12:30 PM: Lunch Break & Critiques
1:30 PM: DIGITAL DOMINANCE: Neima Abdulahi, WXIA-TV/VIBE; Leah Pezzetti, KGTV; Alex Rozier, WFAA-TV
2:15 PM: KEYNOTE: THE STORY OF A LIFETIME: Joseph Huerta & John Sharify, Bob's Choice
3 PM: Farewell
During his 36-year career in television news, Boyd Huppert has become widely known for his work as a video storyteller and teacher.
In his primary role, Boyd works as a reporter at KARE TV in Minneapolis where he divides his time between daily news and producing the station's weekly "Land of 10,000 Stories" segment.
Boyd has also presented more than 200 visual storytelling workshops across the U.S. and abroad. In addition, Boyd has served for two decades as a faculty member at the Advanced Storytelling Workshop, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and held each spring at Texas State University.
Boyd's work as a reporter has earned some of journalism's highest honors, including 19 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, multiple National Headliner and Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Scripps Howard Award, the national Emmy for feature reporting and 120 regional Emmys. Boyd is a 2016 recipient of the Sprague Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Press Photographers Association. Also in 2016, Boyd was inducted into the Emmy Silver Circle, recognizing career contributions to the television industry.
Prior to his arrival at KARE in 1996, Boyd worked at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, KETV in Omaha and WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Boyd grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and graduated with a journalism degree from UW-River Falls, where he was named the university's 2013 distinguished alumnus.
Chad Nelson – the Director of Photography at KARE TV in Minneapolis – subscribes to a simple belief: good storytelling brings people to life; great storytelling keeps them alive forever.
Three times Chad has been named the Ernie Crisp TV News Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association, most recently in 2020.
Chad grew up in Elk River, Minnesota. He studied Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead and quickly launched his professional career at WDAY in Fargo. At WDAY, under the mentorship of reporter Kevin Wallevand, Chad’s passion for storytelling began. With a constant curiosity of the human condition, Chad began working on his craft to highlight the beautiful people he would meet.
In 2010, Chad moved to the Twin Cities and a photojournalism position at KSTP. There, Chad expanded his storytelling skills with an attention to lighting and graphics, breathing life into stories that were less visual. In 2014, Chad moved to KARE TV where he constantly focuses on the art of storytelling while looking for new technologies to bring stories to life on all platforms.
In 2017, Chad became the first television news photographer in the history of the NPPA to be selected as Photographer of the Year and Editor of the Year in the same year. In 2018, the NPPA selected Chad as its Photographer of the Year for the second straight year. In 2020, Chad was again named both national POY & EOY.
Outside of storytelling, Chad creates memories with his wife Cassie, son Conway, daughter Campbell, and his two dogs, Canon and Cedar.
Evelio Contreras is a producer, shooter and editor for CNN Digital in New York. He produces and works on multimedia projects for cnn.com with a focus on personal stories. He is part of a three-person climate change unit for CNN TV with correspondent Bill Weir and is currently working on stories focused on coronavirus and the impact it has on at-risk communities. His recent work on an immigration documentary for CNN this past year was recognized with a Peabody.
At CNN, he’s spent time with families coping with PTSD, addressing mental illness and life after a traumatic event.
Evelio’s interest in stories about people coping with trauma stems from his experience covering the Virginia Tech shootings as a print reporter for The Roanoke Times, the local newspaper in Southwest Virginia, on April 16, 2007. That week Evelio transitioned from print reporting to video storytelling. He taught himself video on the job and later trained journalists in the newsroom on video storytelling.
His online video storytelling work in Roanoke, the Las Vegas Sun and The Washington Post has received recognition from various groups, including the National Press Photographer’s Association, Online News Association and Harvard's Nieman Storyboard. His work at CNN has been recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Editor and Publisher and NPPA.
Since 2004, Evelio has presented and taught at more than a dozen universities and workshops across the country and abroad. In the past decade, he’s coached at the National Press Photographer’s Association workshops for multimedia and television and presented at conferences in Amsterdam and Denmark for photojournalist and storytelling groups. In 2011, he was recognized for his storytelling and community work by his hometown of Eagle Pass, Texas, and county, on the border of Texas and Mexico.
Evelio’s a border town kid at heart, and the son of migrant workers, who like his parents, sees his travels and journeys across the U.S. as continuing the same story that they began, which is to build a better life for folks that he meets and considers like family along the way.
Chris Hansen is the Senior Photojournalist at KUSA-TV in Denver. He joined the photography staff at 9News in 2012. His assignments range from producing long-form special projects to running a satellite truck to whatever else would please the assignment desk. In his eight years at KUSA he’s been a finalist for the NPPA’s Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year six times and was named Runner-Up in 2019. Prior to joining 9News - he got his start at KSTP-TV in St. Paul, MN.
During his free time, you’ll catch him on a bike, on a mountain, on a mountain bike while enjoying Colorado’s countless sunny days.
Kendria LaFleur is an award-winning anchor and multimedia journalist in her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana at KATC-TV3. Kendria shoots, edits and writes her own stories. She also anchors the weekend newscasts. She began her career at KATC 5 years ago. During this time she gained knowledge and experience on how to shoot and be an MMJ. She’s grown a love and passion for being a storyteller. As an MMJ she always challenges herself to showcase her creativity in her stories. Especially with stand-ups, which recently earned her the “MMJ of the Year” award from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. Kendria has covered national stories such as the shooting death of Alton Sterling along with protests that followed. She’s also covered countless natural disasters in Louisiana. She's passionate about sharing stories that inform and create inspiration within her community. She also loves to volunteer, travel, cook and attend concerts.
Hope Ford is a ten-year veteran MSJ, currently working for 11Alive/ WXIA in Atlanta.
A Louisiana native, Hope graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication. Starting in local radio, she moved to her hometown TV station, KLFY as a reporter and anchor. Her work continued at the TEGNA owned WFMY in Greensboro, NC as a consumer investigative journalist before moving up in the company to their Atlanta sister station.
Hope’s extensively covered President Donald Trump and Democrat Candidate Hillary Clinton as they battled for the presidency in North Carolina. She’s been on the ground at large scale protests, shined a light on child sex trafficking in Georgia, and through her storytelling, help a child left on a doorstep find the parents who abandoned her. She’s gone up against major companies like AirBNB and chased down contractors and scammers who dare to take advantage of others. Most recently, her work helped jump start an investigation into a wrongful arrest of two HBCU students in Atlanta. Hope’s stories have gained national attention and picked up by national outlets including USA Today, CBS News, NBC News, HuffPost, Buzzfeed, Daily Blast Live, and ESPN.
In her spare time, Hope advocates for mental health education and supporting pet adoption.
Tomas Hoppough is a solo video journalist that started in the El Paso market for KFOX-TV, then started working for KMGH in Denver. Currently, he works as a solo video journalist for E.W. Scripps specializing in long format storytelling. His storytelling journey began at the NPPA Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma.
Kainaz Amaria is a photojournalist and visuals editor at Vox.
She currently runs an interdisciplinary team specializing in graphics, interactives, photography, data and design.
Previously, she was an editor on NPR's Visual Team. Before all the desk jobs, she was a freelance photojournalist based in Mumbai, India, and prior to that, she worked for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida.
Kainaz is also Fulbright Scholar and the most recent recipient of NPPA's John Long Ethics Award for "being a leading voice in the industry and framing the conversations of visual journalism through the lens of representation."
She hates sloths, but loves pizza and puns.
Adrienne Broaddus blames her dad. Pops, as she affectionately calls her father, made her write. In 2019, she was nominated for six Upper-Midwest Emmy Awards. She’s won four. When given the keys, Adrienne likes to unlock stories that touch the heart. From the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO to the killings of Philando Castile and George Floyd, Adrienne has covered major stories for KARE TV and TEGNA stations nationwide.
TAWANDA SCOTT SAMBOU
Tawanda Scott Sambou is an award-winning producer, Director of Photography and experienced leader for CNN’s Digital Video team. Her expertise is focused on content creation that starts conversations and evokes emotion.
Based in New York City, Tawanda is a video production master - from conception to execution, she pitches, shoots, writes and edits content that has reached millions of people around the world. With a breadth of experience, she has created a unique career path for herself working as a photojournalist during the early years of her career to now a lead digital video producer.
Tawanda’s career has taken her to multiple countries around the world and she has covered some of the biggest news stories in recent history including Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti and the Boston Bombing. Additionally, she worked as a lead photojournalist/director of photography for some of CNN’s most high-profile documentaries such as “Black in America” hosted by Soledad O’Brien. Most recently, she was the lead producer and director of photography for CNN’s groundbreaking project, “The First Time I Realized I was Black.”
She is the recipient of multiple awards including a Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy Awards, NABJ Salute to Excellence Award, NPPA Awards and an Eppy Award as Finalist for Best Investigative/Enterprise Video with more than 1 million unique monthly visitors.
Tawanda grew up in Macon, Ga. and started her career at WMAZ as a photojournalist in her hometown station. In 1999, she moved across the country to Las Vegas, NV. to join the KVBC photojournalist team. In 2004, she joined CNN as a photojournalist.
When she’s not on the storytelling grind, Tawanda enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She also has a passion for giving back and is a member of the junior board for Oliver Scholars, a non-profit organization based in New York City that prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved communities, for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges
Background in journalism? No.
Sequencing? PKG? Huh?
She did what?
With a business degree, Tiffany left a cushy corporate marketing job to pursue her curiosity of journalism. Turns out, she fell in love with this risky move. In just over four years, she learned the industry hands-on in California, Louisiana, Iowa and Oklahoma before landing a job at WFAA in Dallas, Texas. She’s been in Dallas a little over two years now.
Tiffany is proud to haul around her gear, turning down “reporter” positions for MMJ spots. She loves the whole process and believes it makes her a stronger journalist. She’s been able to tell stories around the world. Her most memorable experience was soloing in Haiti.
Tiffany is co-president of the Asian American Journalism Association Texas Chapter. She has taken home a few Emmy, Texas AP, RTDNA, and NPPA awards.
When Tiffany is not busy turning daily stories, you’ll find her on a plane/beach/mountain, with her dogs, holding a camera, or all of the above.
Oh, but now with the COVID-19 pandemic during her free time, she’s mostly home playing Animal Crossing and baking sourdough bread with her dogs while watching true crime shows.
Forrest Sanders is a solo video journalist at WSMV News 4 in Nashville. A somewhat ‘unconventional’ path to news, he decided he wanted to write, shoot and edit his own stories in high school after watching The Evil Dead (it’s a long story).
Forrest is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and started his career at WBKO in Bowling Green, KY. He’s the recipient of 20 regional Emmy Awards for work he wrote, shot and edited. He is an active member and strong proponent of the National Press Photographers Association. In 2018, he was runner-up for the national Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year. In 2019, he was named NPPA’s Solo Video Journalist of the Year.
Forrest believes in visual, emotion-driven storytelling that emphasizes the uniqueness of the person and situation at the center of the story. He thanks the Kentucky News Photographers Association for arranging for the governor to officially bestow him the title of ‘Kentucky Colonel.’ This designation has made him, yes, Colonel Sanders.
Heidi Wigdahl is a multimedia journalist at KARE 11 in Minneapolis. She started her career at KTTC in Rochester, Minnesota before heading south to work at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee. Heidi has always been a solo video journalist and she enjoys every part of crafting a story. She has received three regional Emmys for Best Video Journalist. Her work has also been recognized by the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the National Press Photographers Association and more. Besides her work as a general assignment reporter, Heidi features local businesses every week as part of a “Behind the Business” segment on the KARE Saturday morning show. She has been able to cover many noteworthy events but reporting on Kitten Bowl V during the Minnesota Super Bowl remains a career highlight. Heidi lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Eliot, and their two cats, Bunny Pancake and Backpack the Brave.
I’m the director of the NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop, the Director of Visual Journalism at KUSA-TV in Denver, and the director of my 7th grade play about hippies living in Wisconsin. Don’t ask.
When I’m not directing things, I write/shoot/edit/produce stories at KUSA that take me all around the state of Colorado—or as I call it—ColoRADo.
Here’s the annoying awards section. I have four national Murrows, a bunch of regional Emmys, I’ve been NPPA regional POY several times, national NPPA POY runner up twice, NPPA Solo Journalist of the year, and a lot of ribbons from my competitive swimming days. I also lead a photography staff that just won NPPA Station of the Year. We’ve won it 14 times—more than any other station—and I feel lucky to be surrounded by storytelling geniuses.
The important stuff comes now. I love telling stories, hiking with my husband Steve and dog Stella, the San Juan mountains of ColoRADo, craft beer, travel, helping people become better journalists, and laughing loudly with my friends.
ColoRADo. Say it with me.
Brad Wilson has spent 14 years as a photojournalist, including the last six years as the Chief Photojournalist at WTVR-TV in Richmond, Va.
Wilson, a native of Clifton Park, N.Y., worked as a photojournalist at Spectrum 24-Hour Cable News in Albany, N.Y., before his move to Richmond.
WTVR has been recognized as the National Press Photographers Association Medium Market Station of the Year two years in a row and three of the past six years. The team has been finalists six straight years. In addition, WTVR won the regional Emmy award for Overall Excellence in 2017.
Wilson has a decorated career, winning 14 Emmy awards, a National Edward R. Murrow Award and numerous NPPA awards. He was recognized as the New York State Associated Press Television Photographer of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Wilson resides in Mechanicsville, Va., with his wife Stephanie, their three-year old daughter, Stella, and dog, Austin. He graduated with a Media Studies degree from Sacred Heart University in 1998, where he also was a four-year member of the school’s lacrosse team and Sports Editor of the University newspaper.
I have been an NPPA member since 1988. I have had the privilege of working for KCCI for that entire time, so I have been a part of all 8 Small Market Station of the Year Awards. I have won three Regional Emmys including the Governors Award last year and I have been awarded 6 SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Feature story awards. Outside of work, I am a High School Speech Coach at West Des Moines Valley coaching TV News and Radio News for the past 15 years. Teaching and mentoring younger reporters and photographers is a passion of mine and the NPPA has been an essential part of my personal growth as a Photojournalist.
Haimy Assefa is an Emmy-nominated, award winning documentary filmmaker and video journalist based in New York City.
She is currently a freelance producer, cinematographer, and editor. She was integral to digital video start-ups at NBC News and CNN.
She helped launch NBC News’ documentary unit NBC Left Field, where her work focused on civil rights, social and criminal justice.
You can view her work at HaimyAssefa.com
Ramon Dompor is a Video Journalist at the Seattle Times where he focuses on telling character-driven stories. Previously, he worked as a youth filmmaking educator and freelance photographer, specializing in the outdoors. Ramon studied Electrical Engineering at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he worked as a Photo Editor for the Daily Targum. He currently serves as the Chapter President of the Asian American Journalists Association in Seattle.
Reshma Kirpalani is a twelve time Lone Star Emmy award-winning journalist. She currently works as a producer for McClatchy, which owns 30 newspapers across the country including The Miami Herald. Before that she worked for the Austin American-Statesman, winning that newspaper’s first Lone Star Emmy award. Prior to that, she spent a summer at ABCNews.com in New York City while getting her photojournalism degree from the University of Texas.
Reshma loves finding innovative ways to add depth and relevance to all of her stories, from short documentaries about gentrification to light-hearted features about birds. When she's not reporting, you can find her dancing to Carribean music from her hometown, Paramaribo, Suriname.
Neima Abdulahi is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning culture journalist in Atlanta who has carved out a niche style of storytelling that provides a unique perspective into the lives of diverse communities.
Neima has worked in top TV markets, currently as an on-air journalist and content creator for NBC Atlanta’s 11Alive News, and prior to that she reported on-air at the FOX-affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Neima also contributes content for the iconic VIBE Magazine, and also produces content for a culture platform she co-created called The Appeal Unfiltered.
Neima has repeatedly been nominated for an Emmy in 2020, 2019 and 2018 for her thought-provoking cultural content and breaking news coverage. She loves being a voice for black communities and covering stories that impact the lives of everyday people.
Neima specializes in reporting & producing special projects, docu-series style work, and creative culture content. She has produced hip-hop documentary specials with sit down interviews with Gucci Mane, T.I., Killer Mike, Migos, Zaytoven, and so many others. She recently produced a thought-provoking 30-minute special on the notorious Atlanta Child Murders case.
She was born in Somalia and grew up in metro Atlanta, Georgia. Neima is a graduate of Elon University and a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Emma Bowen Foundation.
Leah Pezzetti is a Multimedia Journalist at KGTV in San Diego, CA. She is a four-time NATAS PSW Emmy nominated journalist and has won one of those shiny gold ladies. She's a member of NPPA, and has placed in the NPPA Quarterly Clip Contest three times. She's also attended the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, OK two times (#Y56 and #Y57!).
Leah is a California native who is working her way down the west coast. She left her hometown of Sacramento to get a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Cal Poly, SLO, then moved to Bakersfield, CA to start her first job at KERO in 2017 as a weekend weather forecaster and MMJ. After two years at 23ABC, she moved to KTNV in Las Vegas, NV to continue her role as a weekend forecaster and MMJ. She then joined KGTV as an MMJ in May of 2020. She'll be completing a Master's Degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State at the end of 2020. Leah is a proud #MMJane.
Alex Rozier is three-time National Murrow winning, Emmy winning Reporter for WFAA in Dallas, Texas. He joined the ABC affiliate after stops with KING 5 in Seattle, Washington, KHQ in Spokane, Washington, and KOMU in Columbia, Missouri.
Rozier is a native of Minnesota and a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. While in Missouri he won a worldwide journalism competition through YouTube and Pulitzer that allowed him to travel to Central America to produce a documentary on the disabled in the developing world.
He is passionate about this industry and its many platforms. He's grateful he's able to share his experience with all of you.
Joseph Huerta is currently a Visual Storyteller at WFAA in Dallas. Recently he spent 4 1/2 years at KING-5 in Seattle, where he worked alongside some of the best photojournalists and reporters in the country. While at KING-5 Joseph has won numerous awards including two-time regional photojournalist of the year and two-time Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year Finalist.
His love for skateboarding has given Joseph a unique style and perspective on the way he tells stories. From the composition to the heart of the story, Joseph has a unique style and perspective on the way he tells stories. Which all began with his love of skateboarding.
When Joseph isn’t behind the lens you can see him practicing his first love of skateboarding and mentoring journalist all over the country.
John Sharify’s passion for storytelling has taken him around the world as he presents workshops in newsrooms and at conferences about the craft of video storytelling. He has been on the faculty at the NPPA News Video workshop at Norman, Ok. for the last seven years. In 2006 and 2007, he was on the faculty at the NPPA Advanced Storytelling workshop in Lexington, Ky.
John Sharify is a 79-time Emmy award winner with eight National Edward R. Murrow awards, including three National Murrow awards for Writing. He was selected as the 2019 National Press Photographer Association (NPPA) Reporter of the Year for his work at KING 5 News, where he was a freelance special projects reporter for the station for ten years, from 2009 to 2019. Sharify was selected National Reporter of the Year in 2015. as well, and runner up Reporter of the Year in 2013 and 2017. Sharify was inducted into the Silver Circle by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2018.
John Sharify started his career in broadcast journalism in N.Y.C. where he worked as a reporter at WPIX TV. In 1989, he headed to Seattle to ABC affiliate KOMO TV where he worked as a general assignment news reporter for the next eighteen years. Currently, he is the General Manager of Seattle Colleges Cable Television (SCCTV).
John Sharify is honored to have presented a Ted x Talk in 2012 about his National Murrow award winning documentary called “Climb of a Lifetime.”
He is especially proud of his latest documentary called ‘Bob’s Choice’ which premiered in the fall of 2019 at KING 5. It chronicles 68 days of Bob Fuller’s life. Bob ended his life using Washington state’s ‘Death with Dignity’ law. The documentary has been screened across the country including California, Florida, North Carolina, Delaware, and Illinois.
John Sharify’s 2010 documentary about the holocaust, “The Boys of Terezin,” has been shown in film festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, West Palm, Miami, New Jersey and Seattle. His documentary “Hear Our Story Now”, which he produced and wrote in 2018, chronicles two decades of work created by a Seattle organization called Music or Remembrance .
John Sharify, who also goes by Shahab, is a proud graduate of Princeton University. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in film directing from Columbia University.
Matt Pearl is the Chief of Storytelling and Development for WXIA-TV in Atlanta. On the air, he reports a weekly long-form franchise called Untold Atlanta and produces half-hour documentaries. Off the air, he specializes in 1-on-1 training and education and speaks regularly at conferences and workshops. Matt has won 30 Southeast regional Emmys, 14 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and is a five-time NPPA National Solo Video Journalist of the Year. He has reported from the Democratic Convention, presidential Inauguration, the World Series, three Super Bowls, and three Olympic Games.
Matt graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and worked at affiliates in Sioux City, Iowa and Buffalo, NY before heading Atlanta. He runs the Telling the Story blog and podcast, and in 2016 he authored The Solo Video Journalist, a how-to book for aspiring MMJs.
For any event related questions please contact Matt Pearl. For issues concerning registration contact [email protected].