Lauren Frohne
Producer and Co-Director
Lauren is a New York-based multimedia journalist, currently working as the multimedia producer for the Open Society Foundations. She was previously a video journalist for The Boston Globe and interned at The Roanoke Times. As a Roy H. Park fellow, she earned a master’s degree in 2010 from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she focused on multimedia and documentary storytelling. She has worked on documentary projects, including Living Galápagos (2009) and was managing editor of Powering a Nation (2010). Her work has been recognized by industry organizations including World Press Photo, National Press Photographers Association, New England Academy of Arts and Sciences, SXSW Interactive, and the Online News Association, among others.

Jessey Dearing
Director of Photography
Jessey lives in New York City and works for Talking Eyes Media. His roles at TEM include director of photography, project editor and archive/media manager. He is also the director of photography and editor for TEM’s ongoing documentary project Bring It To The Table. In 2011, he graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in photojournalism. While at UNC, he participated in documentary projects including Powering a Nation (2010), Carolina Photojournalism Workshop Being Asheville (2009), and the international documentary project Living Galápagos (2009). He has interned at The Boston Globe, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and The Charleston Post & Courier. He also holds an associate’s degree in photography from Randolph Community College.



Chad Stevens
Chad is the 2010 recipient of Columbia University’s Alfred I. duPont Award. He has been nominated for two news and documentary Emmy Awards, won Webby Awards in 2008 and 2009, and has received awards from the Pictures of the Year International and Best of Photojournalism competitions. Chad is currently in production on the longterm documentary film A Thousand Little Cuts, a story of blood, coal and revolution from the hills of Appalachia. He is a professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former editor at MediaStorm, an innovative multimedia production company.

Elena Rue
Additional camera and reporting
Elena is a multimedia storyteller who uses the camera as a tool for exploration and learning. As a 2006 Duke University Hine Fellow, she spent ten months working with a local NGO in Ethiopia to document the lives of AIDS orphans in Addis Ababa. Elena spent three years working for the Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She is a 2011 graduate of the master’s program at the UNC–Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she was a 2010 Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellow and a 2010–11 Reese Felts Digital Newsroom Fellow. Rue teaches photography and multimedia courses and is part-time Director of the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellowship program at the Center for Documentary Studies. She is a co-founder of StoryMineMedia, a multimedia production company based in Carrboro, NC.