2012 OWH Year in Videos — Andrew Mattson

1. Chicken Farmer: Marie Meysenberg is an urban chicken farmer who absolutely loves the chickens that run around her backyard. Her story will make you want to build your own backyard coop.

2. Nite Hawkes: Every so often there is a character who jumps off of the screen, Tracy Hawkes of Nite Hawkes Cafe is one indelible character whose smile and laugh will endure.

3. Ralph Kohler: A 94 year old hunting guide and duck call champion is a unique enough story, but the facts that he was also a ballroom dance champion and that he has been married to his wife for 77 years help to make Ralph Kohler one of the most interesting video subjects this year.

4. Chas Lierks: The standoff in Alliance left much of Nebraska glued to the news. Chas Lierks lived it.  Here he takes a look back at the series of events, months later, and contemplates his experience being held hostage.

Other World-Herald photo staff members’ photos:
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — James R. Burnett
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Mark Davis
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Rebecca S. Gratz
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Chris Machian
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Matt Miller
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Alyssa Schukar
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Kent Sievers
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Ryan Soderlin

Andrew Mattson

About Andrew Mattson

As a freelance video producer, I began to produce the "Big Red Today" show for the Omaha World-Herald in the fall of 2009. In the spring, I produced the "High Schools Today" show and a few promotional spots. I was hired full time in February 2011. I grew up in Omaha and earned my bachelor’s degree in English from Creighton University. I earned my MFA in film production from Chapman University in California. While in school, I began working professionally for an ad agency producing radio and television spots. I also began editing for "Street Tuner Challenge" and "Chop Cut Rebuild with Dan Woods," a pair of automotive themed television shows featured on Speed Network. I enjoy still photography as a hobby and have plenty of subject matter in my two kids. My time thus far with the paper has proven to be anything but ordinary. On any given day, surveillance video might be plopped on my desk, cell phone video of the Hamburg levee falling into the river is emailed to me or I might be out shooting an advertisement for a client. It can get a little crazy at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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