I was honored to receive a News and Doc Emmy nomination in 2007. It was the first Emmy nomination for Newsweek and also the first for any U.S. magazine.

For the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, the Newsweek editors did a big cover story about the conflict as told through the letters and words of its heroic dead. I spent a day filming a family in Kentucky who had just lost their father to an IED the previous month. As you can imagine, the family's emotions were raw, the grief palpable, the hurt and loss etched on the children's faces. But the mom wanted to make sure their father's story was told--I think so the father would always be remembered as a hero.

It was also the first project I traveled for while at NEWSWEEK, and one of my first videos ever. I shot, produced and edited the video over a couple days, and composed my own music as well on Garage Band--back before the company paid for music rights. True one-man band production!

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