News Video

The following selection of news videos is a tight edit of work produced on assignment for RRSTAR.COM,,, or as a self-assigned story from 2007 to present day.


Tour the main features of Rockford City Market's new indoor spaces. City Market opens for the season on Friday, May 17, 2019. The new indoor market will add additional space and amenities to the longstanding outdoor event. The indoor market building is still under construction on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 116 N. Madison Street in Rockford. Read the full story here.

360 Video: Thousands of revelers enjoy Stroll on State festivities on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, along State Street downtown in Rockford. Watch as the Dasher Dash 5K kicks off the day's events, the Stroll on State Merry and Bright Parade winds along State Street and Rockford's Mayor Tom McNamara leads a countdown to light the city's official Christmas tree. Read the full story here. 

For the Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team there are bumps and bruises along the way, but through it all a bond forms that feels more like family than the diverse group of amateur skiers it is. We followed the team during the summer to witness what it takes to produce a competitive water ski show. This essay won 2nd place in the National Press Photographers Association’s monthly clip contest for the Central region in August 2018. Read my full story and see the complete photo essay here.

Francis Lackner of Naperville wears a rose patterned suit and tie and carries a giant red rose as he makes his way through the Tough Mudder Chicago obstacle course on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford. Read my story and see more photos here.

David Alan from South Orange, New Jersey, rides Rockford Park District's Trolley Car 36 on Friday, June 8, 2018, along the trolley tracks in Rockford. Alan, who advocates for better public transit, rode the trolley to complete his nation-wide tour to ride every street car system in the country. Read my full story here.

360 Video: Ten coach buses carrying over 200 veterans and 140 volunteers return from Washington D.C. on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the Walmart parking lot in Belvidere. Read the full story here.

Real Men Sing is a workshop celebrating young men who sing with Rockford school choirs. The workshop and performance took place on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Auburn High School in Rockford. Read the full story and see more photos here.

The Buddy Baseball league, now in its tenth year, provides those with disabilities an outlet to play sports adapted to their abilities. The baseball league falls under the Rockford Park District's group therapeutic recreational sports and fitness programs. Watch two youth teams play on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Flodin Boys & Girls Club in Rockford. Read my full story and see more photos here.

Muslim Ban Protest

The Muslim ban and border wall protest at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Read the full story here. (Video by Scott P. Yates/The Progress-Index)

Conquer Cancer

Nine cancer survivors share their hopes and hardships in their fight against the disease. Watch the full series here: "Conquer Cancer: When family, faith trump medical science in healing process." (Scott P. Yates/The Progress-Index)

The Grand Opening

The owner of Petersburg Provisions talks about opening her new market in Petersburg. (Scott P. Yates/The Progress-Index)

Memorial Bridge is falling down

Seacoast community members attend "Thanks For The Lifts," a drizzly farewell party for Memorial Bridge, which spans the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine, on Saturday, October 1, 2011. According to Portsmouth Herald reports, the bridge, which had been temporarily closed several times for repairs, fully closed in July 2011. While still open to pedestrians, the bridge will be closed to vehicles for as long as three years. The contract to replace the bridge has been awarded and design and demolition work will take place throughout 2012 and into 2013. (Scott P. Yates)

The Light Bearers

Rabbi Barry Krieger of Temple Israel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, opens up his synagogue for a public showing of the traditionally home-based celebration of Chanukah. 2010. (Scott P. Yates/The Portsmouth Herald)

Camel Ride

P-I reporter Sarah Vogelsong takes a ride on Oscar, the Bactrian camel, at the Dinwiddie County Fair on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. (Scott P. Yates/The Progress-Index)

County Fair

The 103rd Chesterfield County Fair. Edward Crockett wins a prize. (Scott P. Yates/The Progress-Index)