What happens to a business when its clients can't afford to live in the neighborhood?

This piece was published in KQED's California Report as part of a multimedia package. This piece focuses on long time salon owner Paulet Gaines. Gaines describes how she's struggled to keep her doors open in the historically black Fillmore District of San Francisco. Like the rest of the city, the neighborhood has undergone extreme gentrification, and longtime business owners like Gaines have lost clients as the neighborhood's demographics have changed and rents have risen.


Published on December 12th, 2017, this video showcases the nonprofit, Narrative 4, which is an organization dedicated to teaching empathy. 

"Make-believe isn't just for children. Done right, as you'll see, it can even make us kinder adults." Take a look here https://www.facebook.com/Upworthy/videos/2097961983577982/

Video shot by Ben Pender-Cudlip

The San Francisco Chronicle

During the spring of 2016, I was a video intern at the San Francisco Chronicle. The were just starting to use their Facebook page for video and here are some early samples that I did by myself or with a crew:

What else would you expect from a Fat Tuesday parade in the Mission? 

“Basically, San Francisco just getting its New Orleans on."

See more from the fifth annual parade: https://www.facebook.com/SFChronicle/videos/10153898648454524/



Flowers are a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. What is not so traditional is how Diana Umaña and other bicycle couriers deliver flowers from local company Farmgirl Flowers.

See more on the flower delivery woman: here: https://www.facebook.com/SFChronicle/videos/10153907335354524/



The rare sighting of steelhead trout in Alameda Creek under the BART tracks in Fremont has biologists and volunteers excited. 

Learn more about their search for the threatened fish: https://www.facebook.com/SFChronicle/videos/10153988790764524/ 



Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Team plays San Francisco’s NFL Alumni

Before Super Bowl 50, the Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Team took on the San Francisco's NFL Alumni in a game of honor. The event was held at the College of San Mateo.

Check out the other big game: https://vimeo.com/154454924

Crossing the Divide Snapchat Takeover

I was the video fellow for a fellowship called Crossing the Divide. A cross country reporting trip from Massachusetts to California covering issues that divide us and telling stories that unite us. The fellowship was sponsored by the flagship PBS station, WGBH, and a non-profit called the Ground Truth Project. As the video fellow, I was responsible for making 5 videos at each of our locations in Massachusetts, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, and California. But on top of that, I was also hosting our Snapchat handle, giving viewers a behind the scene of how video journalism is made. Here are some of my highest performing snaps:

Mahlia describes what it's like to be a one woman band.

Mahlia, the video fellow, tries to navigate New England Public Radio station. 

The Crossing the Divide team loads up the van to leave Pikeville, KY and makes a stop at cave. 

Thanks to public transportation, Mahlia goes on a mission to save the California story. 

Timeline Media: The Long Hot Summer of 1967

I was apart of a new media project with Timeline news called "The Long Hot Summer of 1967." It was a season of uprising nationwide. In more than 75 riots, 16,000 people were arrested and 83 died. On the 50th anniversary, we took audiences on a multimedia experience of what those days of hope and rage felt like in real time. Here a two social video samples from the project:


The White Hats

The white hats tried a new way to create peace.

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Cincinnati, OH 1967 

Dozens of American cities erupted into violence in 1967. Cincinnati was one of them. Were you or your family there?