2013 in Review

Time flies! Before we’re too far into 2014, I wanted to take the time to look back on last year. Here is a quick rundown of a few personal headlines from the past 12 months.

In April, I traveled to Boston for two weeks to coordinate logistics for ABC News’ coverage of the Marathon Bombings. As we all know, the events of that entire week were extremely dramatic and heart wrenching. I believe our coverage was thorough and well executed. I hope we managed to help shed light on something that affected so many. I had little time to take photos, but here are a few snapshots from that time:

In May, I traveled to Europe with my wife Rachel for a long awaited vacation. It was great to be able to sped more than a week with my fantastic grandfather Werner in his home of Switzerland. We took a road trip through the country and ended up visiting my uncles in the town of Sent. It was a wonderful time. You can find a selection of photos from the trip on my Flickr account.

After returning and working on some local DC projects, I headed to Sanford, FL in June to cover the Zimmerman trial. The days were busy with feed coordination, producing live shots and media organization. Of course, the trial stirred up discussions regarding race relations like few things have in recent years, and I was grateful to have been able to be there first hand to contribute to our coverage. Here are some photos from that event as well:

In November, I traveled to the Philippines to cover the tragic tsunami that hit there. Our team did excellent work covering the devastation and recovery efforts. As always, it was an honor to be part of the process to inform our audience back in the states.

On to 2014 and whatever new projects and adventures come along…

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Inauguration 2013

After months of planning, ABC News yet again successfully produced a full day of Inauguration coverage this past Monday. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchored 7.5+ hours of Special Events coverage from the Newseum, World News originated from there as well, and Nightline aired from our DC bureau. My team had to bring together and […]
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Republican National Convention Coverage

I just recently returned from Tampa, FL after working for two weeks on ABC News’ coverage of the Republican National Convention. In addition to the expected logistical challenges, we faced the potential for hurricane Isaac to affect the proceedings. In the end, however, everything went very well and I think we put on some great […]
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Volunteer Pilots Rescue Dogs in Danger

My recent story on Pilots N’ Paws is now online as of Friday! I shot this on a Canon 60D and cut it in Final Cut Pro 7. See it on ▶ By FABIAN WESTERWELLE Aug. 17, 2012 At Potomac Airfield near Washington, D.C., you would expect to see pilots transporting politicians, spin-doctors and […]
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Airborne Dogs

Recently I had the chance to accompany private pilot Mike Young from Virginia on a Pilots N’ Paws mission. Pilots N’ Paws is an organization based in Landrum, SC whose members volunteer to fly dogs from shelters to their final adopters. These trips are more comfortable for the dogs compared to ground transportation, and often […]
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“Before I die…”

This is a piece of street-art I encountered driving home on 14th street here in DC a couple weeks ago. A dozen or so people had gathered to write their dreams on the chalkboard or simply discuss what others had written. This man just finished writing his “bucket list” item on the wall. See more […]
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Longform Journalism on the Web

At the end of the day, people will always love great stories (no matter the medium). When it comes to print, Nicholas Thompson, the editor of, sums it up pretty well in this The Verge interview: People love long narrative story-telling. It’s sort of innate. For a long time, however, the internet seemed to […]
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A closer look at the New Media revolution

James Fallows has written a fantastic piece about New Media in this month’s The Atlantic… Everyone from President Obama to Ted Koppel is bemoaning a decline in journalistic substance, seriousness, and sense of proportion. But the author, a longtime advocate of these values, takes a journey through the digital-media world and concludes there isn’t any […]
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Glif tripod adapter for iPhone

Here’s another great tool financed through Kickstarter. The Glif let’s you use your iPhone on any tripod quickly and easily. It’s simple and effective, and it just works. I love combining it with a XLR and 1/8″ adapter to turn my iPhone into a portable live-streaming kit. Studio Neat recently also came out with new […]
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DSLR GorillaPod Skates

You’ve got to love this idea… These CineSkates attach to the bottom of the popular GorillaPod tripod and allow the camera to smoothly skate along on the ground. You can do straight dolly shots, move the camera in circles, or even create moving time-lapse videos. Justin Jensen conceived the idea and raised the initial funding […]
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