Commercial | Documentary

DEEP OCEAN EXPLORER, SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM
Producer

Part of an 11-part series commissioned for a major exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Hall, this 15-minute piece plays on a theater-sized screen on a continous loop. It looks at the marvels and mysteries of the deep ocean from the perspective of those who have traveled into its deepest recesses.

Excerpt of review in Science Magazine, Nov 14th, 2008: 

“By far the highlight of the entire hall is the Ocean Explorer Theater. Here, in a video with vivid cinematography, a diverse cast of scientists describes with sincere awe their experience of discovery as they descend to the sea floor in a deep-sea submersible. The video moved me on an emotional level, reaffirming both why I love being a marine scientist and the powerful draw of the deep blue as our last natural frontier. I have no doubt that the theater and other effective parts of the exhibit will help inspire the next generation of marine researchers.”

 

VANISHING GIANTS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Producer, Writer, Correspondent
Nominated for an Emmy for Best Nature/Science documentary

A one-hour documentary for National Geographic Channel's Living Wild series on elephants in Thailand and one Thai woman’s mission to change the way these animals are treated.

 

Cocaine Hippos, National Geographic Wild
Producer

This one-hour documentary seeks out the hippos that once belonged to drug lord Pablo Escobar. Stolen from the rivers of Africa and kept at his mountain hideaway in northern Colombia, the animals were left to fend for themselves after Escobar’s death. Nearly two decades later, we track them down and chronicle their growing impact on the local environment and people.

 

DOGFIGHT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Producer, Writer

Taken from an hour-long special on dogfighting that was broadcast by the National Geographic Channel, these clips focus on officers with the Michigan Humane Society who are cracking down on this pervasive, underground blood sport.

 

IRAQI TRANSLATORS, HDNET
Producer, Writer, Correspondent

A 20-minute piece for HDNet’s “World Report” about Iraqi translators who risked their lives to work with American military forces after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.  The show profiled four translators in four different countries, all of whom had become refugees seeking asylum and sanctuary in another country.

 

PATROLLING PARADISE: GALAPAGOS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Producer, Writer, Correspondent

Examines how the exploding problem of illegal fishing is impacting this once pristine marine reserve.  Follows rangers out on a patrol where they discover an illegal long line covered in sharks.

 

DALLAS SWAT, A&E
Producer, Senior Story Producer

This series follows SWAT team members as they serve warrants in an attempt to apprehend some of the toughest criminals in their city.

 

EXPLORING THE WILD KINGDOM, PBS

Jennifer was interviewed for a PBS retrospective on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, the grandfather of all nature shows, about its legacy and influence on the genre of wildlife documentary programming.

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