John Larson is recognized as one of the country’s best storytelling reporters in investigative, breaking, and feature news reporting. Larson reports and produces stories for PBS Need to Know, and is a former Dateline NBC correspondent. He also serves as a reporting and storytelling consultant, and works internationally as a Video Journalist who does it all. His creativity and powerful writing have made him a sought-after speaker, teacher, and motivator at workshops and newsrooms across the country. His many regional and national awards include four DuPont Columbia awards, two Peabody awards, and 22 Emmys. Larson’s accolades include National Emmys for Investigative Reporting of the Louisiana Police and Breaking Reporting coverage of the Houston floods. Most notably, Larson is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Baton Award, the equivalent of television’s Pulitzer Prize for his investigation of the insurance industry, which became one of the most honored works of journalism in broadcast history; for an expose on racial profiling; and for his work with other NBC reporters covering Hurricane Katrina. Before he joined Dateline NBC as a correspondent, Larson spent eight years at KOMO-TV in Seattle, Washington, where he won 16 regional Emmy awards for his reporting.
Fred Shook’s professional experience encompasses television reporting, production, writing, photojournalism, and video editing. He has taught and worked nationally and internationally as a television producer, consultant, writer, director, and editor for commercial television, corporations, and government agencies. Shook is a National Television Academy Silver Circle Member for significant contributions to television over at least 25 years. He received a Rocky Mountain Emmy Nomination for writing, and the National Press Photographers Association’s Robin F. Garland “Outstanding National Educator” award. He also is a recipient of the National Press Photographers Association’s J. Winton Lemen National Fellowship Award for his contributions to television photojournalism. He has written The Process of Electronic News Gathering; Television News Writing: Captivating an Audience; and Television Field Production and Reporting, ed. 1-4, and is lead author on ed. 5-7.
Lisa Berglund is an award winning videographer, editor, producer and storyteller. For over 50 years, the National Press Photographers Association has awarded its Photographer of the Year to the finest in the nation. Lisa was the first and only woman videographer to receive this honor. Lisa’s work with corporations, international news and non-profit organizations has given her powerful professional experience – including shooting, producing, and editing news, marketing and promotional videos, documentaries, PSA’s and music videos.
Lisa specializes in working in some of the most remote corners of the world, because she feels strongly about giving voice to people who are rarely heard. She has worked in over 25 countries, including Angola, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, India, and Ecuador. Lisa is also a sought after teacher and coach. Over the last 10 years, she has helped thousands of working journalists become better visual storytellers. She is the owner of Gold Dog Media, Inc., and lives with her three amazing dogs (and ornery cat) in Washington State.
John DeTarsio is Director and Director of Photography for scripted and non-scripted episodic TV, documentaries and magazine shows. His body of work encompasses highly-stylized shows, from the raw documentary style of MTV’s Catfish, CBS 48 Hours and MTV’s Suspect, to the premier network magazine show, CBS 60 Minutes, to multi-camera productions (Coming Home, Lifetime, and Kid Nation, CBS).
John has worked for five news stations as a photographer, editor, and on-air reporter. At KNSD 7/39 San Diego, he became Executive Producer of Creative Development, before becoming a freelance network photographer and consultant. As a consultant (http://www.johndetarsio.com/), he works with national and international television photographers, editors, reporters, and managers, sharing his passion for visual storytelling. His awards include NPPA National Photographer of the Year, the national Iris Award, six national NPPA awards, and 46 regional Emmys. In addition to twenty-eight San Diego Press Club Awards and nine Golden Mic Awards, he also has received more than fifty regional NPPA Awards.