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Visual stories from the Eastside and the Pacific Northwest by Chad Coleman

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Clearing Roads. Helping Drivers. | Multimedia

January 27th, 2011 at 3:18 pm by Chad Coleman

A multimedia piece on the WSDOT Incident Response Team from a recent ride along. It was a nasty, wet morning commute with few incidents, which was a great thing for drivers, but definitely low drama for visuals. That said, it is always a good day when everyone makes it home safely.

Laughter Yoga is the best medicine | Multimedia

December 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm by Chad Coleman

I recently was assigned to photograph a Laughter Yoga group for the Redmond Reporter. Once there I realized that this would be better served as a multimedia piece and quickly formed a mental plan to gather audio and some video snippets. Always a learning process, as I’m teaching myself these new media skills as I go. Fun group of people to say the least!

Track cyclist Jennie Reed | Multimedia

August 12th, 2010 at 1:20 pm by Chad Coleman

Once the “fastest woman in the world” track cyclist Jennie Reed  has come out of retirement in search of an Olympic medal in the women’s team pursuit at the London games in 2012. Sometimes on assignment you are just plain lucky, as was the case about Jennie. I was photographing the FSA Grand Prix races at the Velodrome in Marymoor Park when I over heard the announcer mention Reed was from Kirkland and had recently donned her race gear again. Reed had won the Women’s Elite class Keirin race that night, just three months after getting back on a bike.  And that’s it… the simple truth of how a story was born.

Transition Academy Graduation | Multimedia

June 25th, 2010 at 12:10 pm by Chad Coleman

Here is a recent multimedia piece I produced about the Lake Washington School District’s Transition Academy Graduation on June 10. This was the final piece in an ongoing series about the program by the Redmond Reporter that started in the fall of 2009. I photographed several assignments this spring for the series including a recent graduate on his work out regimen.

I have much to learn and improve during my transition from a photojournalist to visual journalist. It is an ongoing, self-taught process gleaning knowledge from blogs and people established in the field, mixed with a bunch of trial & error. It is a bumpy road these days, but I hope that will smooth out with time invested and experience.

Classic Rockathon | Old Fire House Teen Center

May 6th, 2010 at 1:47 pm by Chad Coleman


Russ Thornburg, guitarist of the band JAR, lies prone on the stage after their final concert during the Classic Rockathon competition at the Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond on April 30, 2010. More photos and a short multimedia piece after the jump…

Curling | Video

February 9th, 2010 at 3:23 pm by Chad Coleman

As the Olympic Winter Games are upon us at our neighbors to the north in Vancouver, I had the opportunity to check out the sport of curling at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle. The club is the only  ice dedicated to curling in the Western United States. Besides winning a friendly a wager of coffee for best rock throw from Mercer Island Reporter sports writer Megan Managan, I dusted off the video camera that I seemed to have shelved in recent months and put together a motion piece. I’m always learning as this is a new arena of storytelling for me, and definitely some areas to improve. Favorite shot — near the middle of the video — was the poor man’s “Steadicam” as gracious club member Tom FitzGerald pushed me in a chair down the adjacent sheet of ice for a full length view of a curling shot. For for more local Winter Olympics news check out our company blog Passport to Vancouver 2010. Enjoy!

Katy, TX Football | Audio slideshow

October 16th, 2009 at 2:51 pm by Chad Coleman

I worked up this audio slideshow from the road during a trip to cover Bellevue High School at Katy, TX, and to experience high school football in the Lonestar State. The sports editor at the Katy Times, Nick Georgandis, was great tour guide and obliged a quick interview to get some town and football history. Admittedly, I am learning on the go for audio and video capture, but enjoy the challenge none the less.

Two stereotypes were lived up to during our trip: the people of texas are very friendly and they are serious about their football.