Wow it’s great to be done! Our story about toxic chemicals in the air surrounding our schools which has been a year in the making ran today. Well, part 1 ran today, with many more to follow. I became part of the project team about two-months ago to tell the visual side of the story. Stories of people’s connections to pollution around our nation’s schools took me to Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore. There were many long days and nights and even some early mornings as captured in the photograph above from Follansbee, W. Va. before dawn. This California kid did not fare so well in those cold a.m. temps.
Here is my video from part 1 from YouTube. You can check out the HD version here.
The story is on the front page of USA TODAY along with one of my photographs. We ran it unusually large too which just makes my day!
At 8:40 and 11 seconds my footage & photo with credit
So many people worked in this project at USA TODAY including shooters in Colorado and New York also contributed to the video. I worked on two large video stories for this project. The video for Part 1 is on our website now, and the second will come tomorrow. Many thanks to my boss, Steve Elfers who took the helm on Wednesday to edit my footage for the day 1 package. Without his help I would neither be finished or sane. We have built a huge database of the toxicity in the air around 128,000 schools in our country. You can look up your school to see it’s toxicity score and ranking. Go to our site to see the whole project which will continually be updated.
Here is the excerpt from the Today Show this morning. It ran at 8:39 a.m. Eastern on NBC.