80 PERCENT Manifesto
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I am a STORYTELLER....
For over two decades, my work has been published and presented across genre and media. I have over two decades experience in print/web journalism; documentary film, radio, and photography; academic publishing, corporate communications; and comics. I sling pixels, words, sound, color (and occasionally clay) in ways that engage people across difference, capture the imagination, and inspire people to act.
I AM A STORY-LISTENER
For me, listening is a sacred act of connection and trust. I began my career as a listener spending nearly every Saturday morning in high school interviewing community figures on “Post 5 Reports” a public news show that aired on WRAL TV-5 at 7 AM. I’ve been told that there is a quality to my capacity to listen that makes people feel grounded and seen in a way that is unusual. Maybe it’s that I’m incredibly prepared and ask good questions. Maybe it’s that I’m comfortable with silence. I know to hang on for the story that comes after the pause. To count to ten with my tongue resting against the back of my teeth. After the silence, that’s when the good stuff happens. The unpracticed version, the things people say that surprise themselves. The stuff that’s fresh and brimming with energy. Another word for listening is witnessing.