Bethlehem - The dividing wall - March 17, 2011 Filming at the dividing wall in Bethlehem. Photo by Zohreen Adamjee.

Video

See how I roll. Below is a sampling of recent video work.

News Features


‘Why Is Dad So Mad?’ Veteran writes book to explain his PTSD to his daughter
Filmed, produced, and edited by Chiara Sottile
Seth Kastle served for 16 years in the Army Reserve, and was deployed to Qatar, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He returned home suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and had a hard time explaining it to his kids or finding resources to help him do so. So he created his own. Aired on NBC Nightly News and published on NBCNews.com.


What does Christmas mean to you?
Filmed, produced, and edited by Chiara Sottile
People from all over the country tell us what makes this holiday season the most wonderful time of the year. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and published on NBCNews.com.


From the NICU to the moon: babies in intensive care dream big
Filmed, produced, and edited by Chiara Sottile
Nurses at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta wanted to show the world the strength of the babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. They created a photo series called “From the NICU to the Moon” that imagines what the babies dream about as they wiggle and smile in their sleep, and what they might become someday. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and published on NBCNews.com.


Varsity players team up with Special Olympics squad
Filmed, produced, and edited by Chiara Sottile
An Illinois high school has paired varsity football players with its Special Olympics squad and students have gained more than just extra practice time. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and published on NBCNews.com.


Couple donates millions to Zoo Miami anonymously
Filmed and produced by Chiara Sottile
Albert and Winnie Sami gave nearly $5 million to Zoo Miami on the condition that they remain anonymous until after their deaths. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and published on NBCNews.com.


Teen invents sensor to help Alzheimer’s patients
Pitched, filmed, desktop edited, and produced by Chiara Sottile
Inspired by his love for his Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandfather, Kenneth Shinozuka, 15, invented a sensor to detect when Alzheimer’s sufferers wander out of bed. An estimated five million Americans have the disease, and about 60 percent of them wander — and often become dangerously lost — as a result. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and published on NBCNews.com.


Celebrating Father’s Day
Filmed by Chiara Sottile
On this Father’s Day, elementary school children explain why their dads are so special. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and published on NBCNews.com.


Remembering the Boston Marathon bombing a year later
Reported and co-filmed by Chiara Sottile
Boston Public Library’s new exhibit, “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,” showcases mementos left at Copley Square to mark the one-year anniversary of the attack. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and published on NBCNews.com.

No earthly bounds for these students
Reported and produced by Chiara Sottile
An all-volunteer aerospace company in northern California is making it possible for kids to send science projects right up to the edge of space. The fifth grade class of Mather Heights Elementary School is putting the finishing touches on their homemade projects – housed in ping pong balls – before the big day of the launch. JP Aerospace is making a difference and could be launching the career of future astronauts in the process. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and published on NBCNews.com.

Surprise donation saves prom at school still reeling from Sandy
Reported, filmed, and produced by Chiara Sottile
Some communities, like the Rockaways in Queens, N.Y., are still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. At Channel View School for Research, which is still being run on a generator, the senior prom no longer seemed feasible: until Operation Prom stepped in. NBC’s Katy Tur reports. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and published on NBCNews.com.

Bringing Savannah home: Family finds lost dog and new life mission
Reported and filmed by Chiara Sottile
Still coping with the death of her husband, a veteran who died of heart failure in Afghanistan, Belinda Stevenson had to face another loss when her husband’s beloved dog ran away. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports. Produced by Laura Allenbaugh. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and published on NBCNews.com.

Quietest place on earth gives sailor peace
Reported and produced by Chiara Sottile
A 99.99 percent sound-absorbent anti-echo chamber in Minnesota, officially named the quietest place on earth by Guinness, can be too much for most, but for one sailor fresh from nine months below the deck of the noisy USS Abraham Lincoln, it provides a quiet place to gather his thoughts. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports. Aired on The TODAY Show and published on TODAY.com.

American Indian students find refuge in cultural curriculum
Written, produced and edited by Chiara Sottile
For Jamie Figueroa and Blue Tarpalechee, graduating as valedictorians from the Institute of American Indian Arts is not just a personal achievement, but a way of honoring the American Indian community as well. Published on NBCNews.com.


They call me “birdman”
Reported, produced, edited by Chiara Sottile
Inwood resident James Cataldi is making a difference in his community. He turned a forgotten corner of Manhattan into a wildlife sanctuary, because, as he says, it was the right thing to do. A collaboration with Yeong Lim. Published on The New York Times.

Hard News


Grand Canyon development sparks dispute among Navajo
Co-filmed, edited and produced by Chiara Sottile
Developers want to provide the more than 5 million annual visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park with a new 420-acre attraction on the canyon’s rim, complete with stores, restaurants, and a multimedia complex. But the Navajo-owned land is a sacred place to Native peoples. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and published on NBCNews.com.


Tough luck: Atlantic City’s iconic casinos to close
Filmed, edited and co-produced by Chiara Sottile
By the middle of next month, the historic boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, could lose some of its sparkle as four major casinos are scheduled to close. More than 8,000 jobs are at stake. Aired on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and published on NBCNews.com.

After government shutdown, Congress faces voters back home
Reported and filmed by Chiara Sottile
NBC News went home with 6 Republican members of Congress to hear what constituents had to say after the government shutdown battle. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell has the details. Published on NBCNews.com.

Doctor shortage hits hard in rural America
Reported and produced by Chiara Sottile
It’s a national health care crisis. There just aren’t enough doctors in our country. The shortage has hit rural America especially hard, but there may be some solutions. NBC’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports. Aired on NBCNightlyNews.com.


Tensions escalate in Jerusalem: protest in Sheikh Jarrah
Reported, produced, edited by Chiara Sottile
In the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, protesters gathered on March 11 to demonstrate against Jewish settlement in the largely Palestinian area. Published on coveringreligion.org.

Reported & Tracked Stories


Long live longform!
Reported, produced, edited by Chiara Sottile
The noble craft of longform journalism may seem an endangered species in a 140-character age. But in New York City, three startups are trying to bring the revered form into the era of the internet. A collaboration with Elizabeth Davies. Published on Fast Forward News.


Gina Kim: healing through art
Reported, produced, edited by Chiara Sottile
This is the courageous story of talented performing artist Gina Kim who has taken an unusual path to overcome sexual abuse. A collaboration with Michelle Oh. Published on Korean-American Story.org.


Columbia expansion plans ruffle feathers
Reported, produced, edited by Chiara Sottile
Columbia University has drawn up expansion plans again, this time for its 26-acre athletic complex in Inwood. But the plans have ruffled feathers for some of their neighbors. Published on Northattan.com.