Rich Beckman
Executive Producer
Rich Beckman is Professor and Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami. He is a multimedia trainer and producer, working with media organizations throughout the world, and the founder and director of the graduate program in multimedia journalism at the University of Miami.
Josh Meltzer
Producer
Josh Meltzer was a photojournalist at the Roanoke Times before becoming a photojournalist-in-residence at Western Kentucky University. Currently he is on leave pursuing a multimedia journalism M.A. degree at the University of Miami. A Fulbright recipient, Meltzer has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, and PhotoPhilanthropy.
Natasha Dorsainvil
Web Design and Programming
Natasha Dorsainvil is a full-time web manager at the University of Miami's Graduate School. She is also a graduate student in multimedia journalism and a freelance writer as well as web designer.
Megan Terilli
Web Design and Programming
Megan Terilli is a graduate student in multimedia journalism at the University of Miami, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism as well. She has written, edited, and produced video for the National Parks Service, The Miami Herald, Grand Avenue News, and others.
Samantha Thornton
Web Design and Programming
Samantha Thornton worked as assistant photo editor, producer, and freelance photographer in New York City for three years. Currently she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia journalism at University of Miami, where her focus is on environmental issues and animal welfare. Thornton's byline has appeared in Food Network Magazine, Knoxville News Sentinel, and other titles.
Aubrey Aden-Buie
Aubrey Aden-Buie is a graduate student in broadcast and multimedia journalism at the University of Miami. She completed a dual degree in psychology and English from Penn State University. Aden-Buie was a two-sport division I athlete, competing in soccer and field hockey. She earned All-American honors as well as five Big Ten Championships.
Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso is a graduate student at the University of Miami pursuing a master's degree in multimedia journalism. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Florida International University, and from FIU Honors College where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Virginia Ansaldi
Virginia Ansaldi is a graduate student in multimedia journalism at the University of Miami, where she also earned a bachelor's degree in marine affairs and policy. In the last three years, Ansaldi has worked for outdoor education programs promoting scientific literacy and enviromental awareness.
Patricia Borns
Patricia Borns is a Boston Globe correspondent pursuing a master's degree in multimedia journalism at the University of Miami. Previously she was the speechwriter for hi-tech celebrity Tom West, a writer in residence at Cummington Community for the Arts, and winner of the Rhode Island Film-Video Competition.
Qin Chen
Qin Chen is a graduate student in multimedia journalism at the University of Miami. She studied international politics at Sichuan University in China, and worked as event photographer for Shanghai Art Museum. Chen specializes in video photography, web programming, and design.
Nicola Facchin
Nicola Facchin is a graduate student in public relations at the University of Miami. He has interned for several communications firms and has gained extensive experience in different market settings.
Megan Garner
Megan Garner is a visual journalist specializing in video production. She is a master's candidate in multimedia journalism at the University of Miami and is currently working as an online news producer in Washington D.C. at Education Week. She is working on a thesis project that examines Florida's death penalty system, which has produced the most wrongful death row convictions in the U.S.

Chris Letendre
Chris Letendre has worked in broadcast news and documentary production since 1997. Starting with live sports production in Miami, he moved to New York in 2004 to produce and edit reality and documentary television programs. Letendre returned to South Florida in 2008 to work in technical operations at WTVJ/NBC Miami.
Kathryn Rende
Kathryn Rende is a master's candidate in multimedia journalism at the University of Miami. Specializing in video production and interactivity, she has held internship positions with the National Parks Service, WLRN Miami Herald News, and is currently the Interactive Learning Fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
Shannon Sanders
Shannon Sanders is a multimedia journalist pursuing a master's degree from the University of Miami. She specializes in video production and has interned with the original videos team at CNN.com. Currently she is a National Geographic multimedia apprentice. She is in the process of completing her master's thesis, a collection of stories about the new face of AIDS in 2011.
Kristen-Anne Thomas
Kristen-Anne Thomas is a graduate student in broadcast journalism at the University of Miami. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing and works as healthcare practitioner while in school. She plans to combine both professions to become a medical correspondent.
John Van Beekum
John Van Beekum is a photojournalist whose career began at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1969. He worked at the Miami Herald from 1990 to 2009 as photo editor, photo technology editor, and photographer. In May 2012, he will finish the undergraduate degree he left short in 1973 to become an Associated Press photo editor in New York City.
Eric Walsh
Eric Walsh is a graduate student in broadcast journalism at the University of Miami. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in public relations and journalism from Monmouth University. Walsh has worked for several newspapers and magazines and wants to work in sports production.
Faculty Advisors
Alberto Cairo
Kim Grinfeder

Inspiration for Visualizing Florida came from a project by photographer Mona Reeder from the Dallas Morning News called The Bottom Line.