My newspaper work demands that I go from assignment to assignment on an hourly basis. As deadlines go whooshing by, I lose sight of the of the larger body of work that amasses over time. The following list highlights some of my work that I can look back on with pride and pleasure.
All photos, videos and audio were produced for the Rockford Register Star.
PODCAST Meet the Artist: Howie Mandel
Published May 6, 2019
Howie Mandel has been making national audiences laugh for four decades as a stand-up comedian and actor and Emmy nominated TV host of “Deal or No Deal.” He is a judge on the 14th season of America’s Got Talent. Mandel is especially health-conscious and is on a campaign to tell everyone how to live better with healthy cholesterol in a project called Take Cholesterol To Heart. He is currently touring the nation for his latest stand-up comedy show and performed on May 1st at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. While in the Chicago area, Mandel called into the the Register Star newsroom to chat with podcast producer and host, Scott P. Yates, about all these topics and more.
PODCAST Meet the Artist: Deion Suggs
Published April 28, 2019
Rockford art promotor Deion Suggs is the mastermind behind Black Bag Money Promotions. Behind this label Suggs operates as a DJ and a promoter of other artists who have talent but no one to sponsor them. In today’s conversation, Suggs shares how growing up in the foster care system in Chicago, Durand and Aurora - and living the street life - gave him the gift of bringing people together to make their surroundings a more beautiful place.
PODCAST Meet the Artist: Kelvin Candie
Published April 20, 2019
Our guest is Rockford painter Kelvin Candie. Candie was born and raised in the Republic of Malawi, attended medical school in Russia, and now lives with his wife and dog in Rockford. Kelvin’s paintings draw inspiration from realism to abstract and experimental genres. During this conversation he shares how he deals with past trauma through artistic expression - an idea he explores in his upcoming solo show called “Symphony of a broken mind,” which opens on May 25, at Loft Ten19 in Rockford.
Published April 19, 2019
Rockford Urban Ministries held its 33rd annual Good Friday Walk for Justice on Friday, April 19, 2019, starting at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rockford. There were 14 stations spread throughout downtown and participants took turns carrying the cross. The walk began with a prayer against violence in memory of Jaime Gonzalez, who was killed March 7 at age 19.
VIDEO Brooke Jones-Story - Part 1: 'I'm their mom'
Published on Apr 19, 2019
Robert Story, 53, tours the rolling hills of his rural Stockton farm, which he and his late wife called “a little piece of Heaven,” to offer a glimpse into the life the couple lived together since marrying in 2012. He said he was ready to speak publicly about the March 28 line-of-duty death of his wife, Brooke Jones-Story, because he wanted to ensure people knew who his wife was outside of her profession.
Published April 3, 2019
More than 300 flags placed at Warren High School by the Patriot Guard Riders set the scene for funeral services for Illinois State Police Trooper Brooke Jones-Story on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Mourners filled the school gymnasium and the small town of Warren was a sea of squad cars driven by officers who came to honor Jones-Story.
PODCAST Meet the artist: Laura Gomel
Published March 22, 2019
Laura Gomel, co-director of 317 Art Collective in Rockford, Illinois, grew up in Chicago’s punk rock scene in the 1980s. She met her husband overseas and eventually -- and a little reluctantly -- raised a family here in Rockford. Lucky for us, Laura Gomel is co-director with Jenny Mathews of 317 Art Collective -- an art gallery, studio space and event space located at 317 Market Street in Rockford. Together the women are the latest in a series of stewards of the arts who have lived or worked in that building over the last century.
PODCAST Prayer vigil for victims of the shootings at Christchurch mosques
Published March 17, 2019
On Friday, March 15, 2019, a 28-year-old white supremacist allegedly shot and killed 50 Muslim worshipers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Around the world, media reports chronicled the utter disbelief of New Zealanders who once thought that an act of terror and hatred like that could never touch their peaceful islands. On Sunday, hundreds of Muslims, Christians, Jews, their faith leaders, and Rockford residents gathered at Muslim Community Center & Mosque in Rockford, Illinois, for a prayer vigil expressing support for all victims of terrorism and hate crimes. READ THE FULL STORY
VIDEO Flooding in Machesney Park and Freeport
Published March 15, 2019
Rainfall, snow melt and still frozen parts of ground are causing the Rock, Kishwaukee and Pecatonica Rivers to flood in northern Illinois. Low-lying areas of Freeport, Rockton and Machesney Park are among the hardest hit. Much of my flood photo work was submitted to the Associated Press and picked up by news organizations across the country - including the Los Angeles Times…
VIDEO Boxing with cops
Published February 20, 2019
Rockford children put on boxing gloves to spar with city police officers in the United Way's program for children to benefit from boxing classes and mentorship at Patriots' Gateway Center Boxing Club.
VIDEO 360 Video: Mild winter shifts to deep freeze
Published February 17, 2019
Watch as the Rock River begins to freeze over as temperatures decrease to double digits below zero.
Published January 31, 2019
As much of the Midwest began to feel the deep freeze of the polar vortex, so did the depths of the Rock River. The following photo series shows the increasing ice forming on the river over several days in late January. READ THE FULL STORY.