As the senior video journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he reports, shoots, and edits documentaries for Star-Telegram.com. In 2016 he was voted Digital Story-Telling All Star for his doc-series Titletown, TX which chronicled the dream season of the state champion Aledo Bearcats. The series would go on to win three Emmy’s at the Lone Star Emmy awards in 2017, the 2017 OJA Award for Excellence in Innovation and Digital Storytelling, two Edward R. Murrow awards for Excellence in Innovation and Excellence in Video. It also picked up first place from the APME for best use of video by a news organization in Texas.
Since joining the Star-Telegram in 2013, as the founding member of the newsroom’s video operation, Christopher has produced more than 400 original videos covering such wide-ranging topics as college and professional sports, police violence and the Black Lives Matter movement, the abduction of McClatchy journalist Austin Tice, the 2016 presidential campaign and the tragic Dallas police shooting of 2016.
His short doc The Last of the Iron Lungs (for Gizmodo) went certified viral garnering more than 40 million views.
He’s worked with many digital news leaders including Gizmodo, Indigenous Media’s 60 Second Docs, AJ+, Washington Post, Discovery Channel, AFP, The Weather Channel, Bleacher Report, SBNation and others.
Prior to joining the Star-Telegram, he was an aerospace engineer at Bell Helicopter. With the support of his wife, Stephanie, and three children, Cole, Simone and Mia, he walked away from the comfort and safety of his engineering job to pursue his passion as a storyteller.
Upcoming personal projects:
He is currently working on a feature length documentary that centers on Texas death row inmate Paul Storey and the attempt to save his life by the family of his victim.
He is also in pre production on another social justice documentary series on the life and death of Tim Cole who was convicted of sexual assault in 1985 and sentenced to 25 years before being exonerated 13 years into his sentence. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign and support from numerous organizations, the project should enter the production phase in late 2017.
- Titletown, TX – OJA award for Innovation in Digital Storytelling, 3 Emmy’s from the Lone Star Emmy chapter, and 2 Edward R. Murrow awards for Excellence in Video and Excellence in Innovation. Local Media Association – 1st place Best Use of Video, APME 1st place, best use of video by a Texas news organization.
- 3 APME Best Video awards – 2013 for Inside the Huddle – Foster Sawyer, 2015 for Mommy’s Little Secret, 2016 for Titletown, TX
- Vanished: The Austin Tice Story – premiered at the Newseum in Washington D.C. before the PBS News Hour program “News We Could Lose” hosted by Judy Woodruff.
- Hot Girls Wanted (Netflix) – (additional camera operator) 2015 Sundance Film Festival Official Documentary Selection.
- Remembering #28 – best short documentary, Frame 4 Frame Film Festival
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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