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"I travel everywhere. Because that’s where the stories are..."

Big cameras and a van full of gear may be necessary for certain projects. But if those things get in the way of telling the story, Backpack Journalism provides an effective answer. For over 20 years, Dan has been telling stories through the lenses of his still and video cameras, as well as pen and paper.

He's an author and co-founder of JDSA; an Orlando-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects people to unique, social organizations around the world. Dan served on the Board of Directors at A Gift For Teaching – Central Florida’s primary provider of free school supplies for teachers and their students in need. And has worked closely with several other nonprofits - both nationally and internationally - shooting their commercials, developing marketing and branding concepts, directing public service announcements and writing web-based content.

He has worked for national and international publications, photographing everything from the Egyptian pyramids and Normandy Beaches to the plains of Montana and islands of Hawaii. He writes for a variety of international travel publications and regularly contributes as a Guest Columnist for Tribune Publishing’s Orlando Sentinel.

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As a network cameraman, he covered some of the biggest news stories in our lifetime, including 9-11 at ground zero, Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq. While with NBC News, Dan traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In between, he covered politics and specials; traveling aboard Air Force One with Tom Brokaw, the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy and following Barack Obama's presidential campaign for the Today Show.

Delivering a wide array of marketing and entertainment-related products, Dan has sailed from Helsinki, Finland. Joining the launch team of the world's largest cruise ship – Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas – capturing daily "webisode" stories chronicling the 6,000 mile journey across the Atlantic. For four years, Dan and his team worked with Universal’s Public Relations and Entertainment Divisions along with J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore, helping document the creation of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Studios Florida.

He was in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the grand opening of Atlantis the Palm on Jumeirah Island, worked on episodic TV for A&E, shot behind-the-scenes on the set of feature films with stars, such as John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, and worked on national commercials with Tiger Woods.

Dan has also worked on international documentaries, satellite media tours, video news releases, and concerts around the world. The A-List of musicians he's worked with covers some of the biggest names in the industry, including Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, N’Sync, Natalie Cole, Barbara Streisand, Janet Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Spinners and Stevie Wonder. Dan also traveled with Aerosmith for their Honkin' on Bobo Tour in 2004.

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