About me

carrie-headshot-square-BW-250I’m an award-winning independent multimedia journalist and filmmaker born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, and now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I recently completed the 2015 National MediaMaker Fellowship at the Bay Area Video Coalition, where I focused on development of Hawaii on the Rocks, my animated feature documentary film about the crystal meth epidemic in Hawaii. My recent projects include an illustrated documentary series for VICE News called Correspondent Confidential — journalists tell personal stories about the crazy s#@t that happens to them.

For six years I led digital storytelling projects at the Center for Investigative Reporting as senior producer of multimedia. I pioneered and produced CIR’s groundbreaking animated and graphic journalism features — including the Emmy award-winning documentary “In Jennifer’s Room.” My projects drove more than half of the traffic on The I Files YouTube channel during the first nine months. My multimedia projects have also been featured by ProPublica, NPR.org, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Grist, Time.com, Fast Company, the Los Angeles Times, KQED, PBS NewsHour, Salon.com, Mother Jones, Public Radio International, and Columbia Journalism Review, among others. My specialty is narrative multimedia storytelling and exploring ways to use video, audio, photography, animation, art/illustration, and interactive graphics to push the boundaries of storytelling on the Web and other digital platforms.

Prior to my time at CIR I was an editor at California magazine, Mutual Publishing, and AlterNet.org; creator and founding editor of WireTap magazine (AlterNet’s Webby Award-winning online youth news magazine); reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser and stringer for several daily and weekly newspapers; freelance video journalist for Washingtonpost.com and Current TV; writer for Current TV’s hosted news comedy show, Google Current; and fact-checker at Mother Jones magazine. I was on the Eddie Adams Workshop faculty as a multimedia producer working with MediaStorm to teach digital storytelling techniques to photojournalism students, and I’ve also lectured on multimedia storytelling techniques at UC Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center, the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Convention, SF Web Fest, and in journalism classes at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. I’ve also served as a reader, reviewer, or judge for the Columbia duPont Awards, the Online News Association Awards, and the BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship. I completed a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2005. See a list of my awards and press clips about my work.

Want to work together? Contact me: carrie@carrieching.com.