- Video Journalist
AJ Chavar is a videojournalist for The Washington Post. Prior to joining the video team in September 2010 AJ was a student at Syracuse University, studying photojournalism, information technology and religion. After graduating in May 2010 AJ documented veterans’ issues in rural Washington State through collaborative multimedia as a fellow with the Carnegie-Knight News21 Program. AJ returned to the Washington Post after interning in the multimedia department in 2008, and contributing to the Post’s coverage of President Obama’s inauguration in early 2009. His work has been recognized by the 2010 College Photographer of the Year competition, as well as the Society of Professional Journalists.
Shooting back: C-Webb’s crusade against gun violence
Curtis Mozie, a.k.a. “C-Webb,” has been filming in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood since the 1980s, documenting inner city life. Mozie’s footage of neighborhood kids growing up eventually became something different, serving as both memorials to those who died in street violence and a form of community journalism in its rawest form.
A turtles-eye view of the National Aquarium
The National Aquarium in Baltimore has opened the new Blacktip Reef exhibit—a painstakingly recreated coral reef habitat that is home to hundreds of fish, as well as the Aquarium’s three-flippered sea turtle, Calypso. Later in the summer, blacktip reef sharks will also be added to the reef.
Long exposures, 150 years in the making
In Gettysburg, Pa., Rob Gibson keeps a photographic tradition alive by using period accurate equipment and chemicals to make special portraits--wet-plate collodion photographs--of Civil War reenactors. The process is the same that famed Civil War era photographers such as Matthew Brady used, and requires subjects to sit perfectly still for up to 15 seconds for a portrait.
‘Rugby, to me, is life’
At Perry Street Prep Public Charter School in NE D.C., head rugby coach Tal Bayer serves as a guiding force for the inner-city students on his team
Where there’s a will, there’s Wale
D.C. pop star Wale reflects on fame, the inspiration for his new album “The Gifted,” his future, and what it means to be a rapper from the District.
The decision to become a doctor
Lynne Meryl Mofenson, who leads the AIDS branch at the National Institutes of Health, shares the story of how she decided to become a physician.
Bright spots during dark times in Moore, Oklahoma
For the Patteson family in Moore, Ok., small victories--like finding a lost wedding ring--mean everything. The tight-knit community has helped the Pattesons maintain composure as they search the debris of their home for any salvageable belongings.
Coping with loss in Moore, Oklahoma
Nine-year-old Lucas Patteson’s best friend died at Plaza Towers. He and his family survived, but their house was destroyed. Now they are trying to return to normal life following one of the worst tornadoes in American history.
FEMA sweeps a creek in Moore,Oklahoma where one person is still unaccounted for.
Members of a FEMA crew prepare to sweep an area of Moore, Okla. damaged by the tornado.
Free clothing and food
A roadside tent offers free clothing and food for those seeking refuge in Moore, Oklahoma following a series of damaging tornadoes.
The power of the tornado
The tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla. leveled houses, crushed cars and left a neighborhood unrecognizable
Assessing the damage
After a series of damaging tornadoes, debris is a common sight in Moore, Oklahoma.
Moore Medical Center
The Moore Medical Center was hit particularly hard during the series of tornadoes.