I’m a multimedia editor, journalist and producer
I WORK ON PHOTO AND VIDEO PRODUCTION, VISUAL DESIGN AND NARRATIVE STORYTELLING FOR FWD.US
OTHER PUBLICATIONS AND CLIENTS INCLUDE: PBS, Fusion, VICE Media, Splinter News, Tiny Atlas Quarterly, Bay Area News Group, East Bay Express and NPR
HERE'S SOME OF MY RECENT WORK:
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This year Wojciech will graduate with a Ph.D. in chemistry. He hopes to address climate change and clean energy through his work, but is worried about the current backlog to obtain an H-1B visa
Wojciech grew up in Warsaw, Poland and immigrated to the U.S. to attend college. With the help of an F-1 visa and scholarships, he was able to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry. Wojciech and his fiancée Pratima are both about to graduate with Ph.D.’s from UC Berkeley. He hopes to address the problem of climate change and clean energy through his work, but with the current backlog to obtain an H-1B visa, Wojciech is unsure if he will have the long-term ability to live, work and support his family in the United States.
Despite the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California last November, cannabis remains heavily stigmatized in some parts of San Francisco. In a 2016 UC Berkeley poll of California voters, 64% of those who responded favored the legalization of cannabis — but only 58% percent of certain minority groups voiced support.
Three years after applying for asylum, Taras is still waiting for the next step. Unable to travel, he makes borscht to stay connected to his family and culture
Taras applied for political asylum after immigrating to the United States to attend graduate school. Three years later, he is still waiting for his asylum application to process. With a pending immigration status, Taras is unable to travel out of the U.S. to see his family. His mother isn’t able to visit him in California, due to health concerns. While he waits for a decision from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), Taras prepares borscht every week to maintain a connection to his family and his childhood.
With the help of DACA, Jose studied computer science and launched his career in engineering. He worked his way through school with a mix of scholarships, part-time jobs, financial aid and his parents’ support
Jose, a DACA recipient, grew up in the Salinas Valley, California. Support from his parents, part-time jobs, grants, scholarships and state financial aid enabled him to graduate from college. Jose is now a software engineer in San Francisco, and leads a nonprofit to recruit more immigrants into tech. If DACA were repealed, he would no longer be able to work or give back to his community. Jose and 700,000 other young immigrants are now waiting to hear if the Supreme Court will rule on DACA in the upcoming term.
If you're like most people, your Instagram feed is populated with food, vacations, selfies and cats. And then there's the Undocumented Lives account -- containing, as an example, a photograph by Diana Clock, in which a 19-year-old named Bismark stands in front of a college building with a stare at once hopeful and apprehensive.
Using her grandmother’s recipes, Vij cooks the authentic Southern Indian dishes of her youth, infusing them with Northern Californian ingredients
Day-to-day, Vij works in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. But she also loves to cook. She regularly hosts pop-up dinners around the Silicon Valley. Vij grew up in Chennai, India, and her cooking is based in the authentic Southern Indian recipes she learned from her grandmother. She remembers the authentic, traditional Indian dishes, and how her grandmother loved to host others. This inspired Vij to learn the same recipes, adapting them to include some of the local, sustainable foods that are abundant in Northern California.
Yarely is the first in her family to pursue higher education. A DACA recipient, she works as a software engineer and runs a nonprofit to benefit young women interested in STEM and technology careers
A DACA recipient, Yarely is the first in her family to pursue higher education. Thanks to her parents, she was able to go to college and earn a degree in computer science. She is now an engineer with a tech company, and lives near her family in the Salinas Valley, California. Without DACA, Yarely could no longer work, volunteer or help with her family's expenses. In recent months, the Ninth Circuit Court has upheld a nationwide injunction which blocks the White House from rescinding the DACA program, for now.
An estimated 267,000 undocumented adults are caught in the crosshairs of a particularly thorny intersection. Both undocumented and LGBTQ - or “undocuqueer” - their sexual identity magnifies the fears stemming from their immigration status. Queer people already experience particularly high rates of criminalization.
Bryce joined the military in the footsteps of his grandfather, and to honor his immigrant heritage. As a transgender person, he was forced to end his service
Bryce is a third-generation descendant of Italian immigrants, educator and U.S. military veteran. His great grandparents immigrated from Naples, Italy, passing through Ellis Island on their way to Philadelphia, where they settled their family. Bryce remembers his grandfather’s stories of serving in the Marine Corps. This had an impact on him growing up, and his decision to join the military as a teenager. Bryce’s immigrant heritage also influenced his decision to serve. Identifying as transgender, he ultimately chose to end his service.