A.J. is an award winning cinematographer, photographer, multimedia journalist and producer in New York City, available for work wherever needed.

His work previous work experience includes full time roles as a producer at Apple News, the Senior Producer of News Video for Vox.com, and staff video journalist positions at The New York Times and The Washington Post.

A.J.'s reporting has spanned the United States, from inside a turtle tank in the National Aquarium, to rapper Wale’s tour bus. From the rubble of a tornado. Hanging out the side of stunt plane. Inside (thankfully) Air Force One. Sweat-soaked on Midway atoll. Rain drenched on a rugby practice field. From inside a confederate flag retailer in Chulafinee, Alabama and alongside a member of the Black Guerilla Family during the Freddie Gray uprising in Baltimore. He's travelled to all 50 states, filed stories from presidential convoys, political conventions, hotel rooms, coffee shops, wifi hot-spots, planes, and once while conducting a guest lecture at his former j-school.

His experience ranges from managing a student newspaper — that pressured the university to investigate on-campus racism, and to honor an independent press — to countless hours running robotic cameras and green screen studios, to years spent in the field with just a camera and notebook.

A.J. brings technical knowledge of production and equipment, as well as experience in creating motion graphics, analyzing web and user analytics and traffic, and managing social projects. He has led and been a team member on projects large and small, deadlines short and lengthy.

His video work covering politics and features has been recognized multiple times by the White House News Photographers Association, the National Press Photographer’s Association, and Pictures of the Year International. His dispatches from the aftermath of a mass shooting in Arizona that wounded U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords was awarded the National Edward R. Murrow Award. He has also been awarded by the Capitol region Emmys, the College Photographer of the Year competition and the Society of Professional Journalists.

When not behind a camera, laptop, or phone, A.J. is likely somewhere in the woods ignoring all three of those things.

Awards

2017 NPPA Best of Photojournalism 
3rd, General News Video Editing: "America Reacts, the Next President is..."

2017 WHNPA Eyes of History Contest
2nd, "One Off" Multimedia Project: "Inauguration, from Morning to Night"

2016 WHNPA Eyes of History Contest
1st, Political/Campaign Video Photography: "A Carter for Governor, Again"
1st, White House/Presidential Video Editing: "State of the Union, by the Numbers"
3rd, News Story: "Gang Life in Baltimore"


2014 WHNPA Eyes of History Contest
1st, Political/Campaign Video Photography: "The Clinton Connection" 

2012 Pictures of the Year International 
2nd, Campaign Multimedia - "Two Weeks in Politics"
Finalist, Documentary Project of the Year - "The Road to Victory"

2012 Regional Emmy Award

2011 National Edward R Murrow Award
Breaking News, Continuous "Giffords Shooting"

2011 Regional Emmy Award
Historical Documentary "Remembering the Shuttle Era" (offline)
Interview Series "MicroManagement Stories" (offline)

Teaching, speaking, coaching, and judging

NPPA Best of Photojournalism — Online Video and Presentation, Judge, 2019

National Geographic Storyteller's Summit — Attendee, 2019

Women Photojournalists of Washington Portfolio Review — Reviewer, 2014, 2019

Military Videographer of the Year — Judge, 2016

The Syracuse University Fall Workshop — Coach 2010-2019, speaker 3 years

Image Deconstructed workshop at UNC Chapel Hill '15 — Coach, featured speaker

NPPA Multimedia Immersion Workshop '14 — Coach, speaker

Associated Press Photo Managers conference '14 — Featured speaker

Lectures: Syracuse,  American U, GWU, The Corcoran, Georgetown, U. Penn.

Technical skills and certifications

Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji DSLRs and mirrorless camera systems.

Canon C-series and Sony FS-series professional video cameras.

Gimbal, stabilizer, slider equipment, time lapse and stop motion production.

Studio and location lighting including  hot lights, strobes, natural light, reflectors, etc.

Field and studio audio collection and editing.

Podcast booth operation.

Live and live-to-tape multicam video production, including robotic cameras.

Versed in color grading, audio correction, compression codecs, and video workflows.

Adobe Suite, Google Enterprise Suite, Microsoft Suite, Wordpress, HTML, CSS.

HEFAT (Hostile Environment and Emergency First Aid Training) Certified.

A.J. Chavar — Cinematographer, Photographer, Director

A.J. is a video journalist, producer, and photographer in New York City, currently available for work wherever needed.
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