Announcement from Editorial Video Director Micah Gelman, Deputy Video Director Phoebe Connelly and Creative Video Director Julio Negron: 

The Video Department is excited to welcome a new addition to the graphics team:

John Parks joins us from Connections Media in Washington. There he led the creation of a motion design team, which went on to win multiple awards for several animated videos. Additionally, he helped the firm’s creative team win three Webby Awards, including one in 2016 for a site created for NBC News’ Education Nation program.

John spent several years in the US Army, where he completed both Airborne and Ranger School, landing him with the 2nd Ranger Battalion based in Fort Lewis, Washington. In addition to his military service, John raced as a competitive cyclist. His interest eventually grew into a passion that put John on a path to riding for a European DN1 team based in Castelsarrasin, France. He is a graduate of Shepherd University in West Virginia. When not at work, John and his wife, Maggie, enjoy spending their time outdoors; hiking, camping and generally exploring new places. John starts October 23.