John Poole

John W. Poole is a video producer for NPR. He makes documentary films and multimedia presentations for the web and digital platforms, extending the reach and power of traditional photojournalism with moving pictures and sound.

In 2007, Poole came to NPR to help develop a visual media strategy, combining the organization's audio storytelling strength with still and motion photography. His work has led to two national Emmy nominations for the NPR Music series 'Project Song' and one for an investigative series on traumatic brain injury.

Over his 15-year career, Poole has covered a range of subjects, including national elections in South Africa and the United States, the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and their aftermath, the effects of global climate change, and conservation issues in Peru and Namibia.

Poole was part of a small team of visual journalists who developed the documentary video department at The Washington Post in 1998. That work was recognized with the first-ever Edward R. Murrow award for multimedia journalism in 2004.His work on a feature story about violinist Joshua Bell contributed to a Pulitzer Prize in 2008.

The White House News Photographers Association has honored Poole with more than 20 awards for his work, including the 2005 Video Editor of the Year. His film, "The Sheriff of Gay Washington," produced for The Washington Post, screened in festivals across the country and was optioned by HBO Documentary Films in 2006.



Wed December 10, 2014
Goats and Soda

Boredom On The Border Between Liberia And Guinea

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:38 am

The bright yellow steel truss bridge over St. John's River is the official border crossing between Liberia and Guinea. The Liberian-Guinean border has been closed since the early days of the Ebola outbreak.
John W. Poole NPR

They're from the same ethnic group. They speak the same language. And they live on both sides of the Liberia-Guinea divide in the area around Liberia's eastern border city of Ganta, in Nimba County. The families straddle the border, which is not fenced.

"Right over there is the border," says businessman Prince Haward, directing our attention to some rubber farms not too far away. "Those are the rubber farms you find in Guinea."

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Sun October 12, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Ride In Monrovia Means Wrestling With Ebola

Commuters wait for a ride β€” usually from a taxi or minivan β€” at an intersection near Monrovia's Ministry of Health.
John W. Poole NPR

Monrovia, Liberia's capital, is a city that relies on public transportation β€” buses, private vans (also known locally as buses), cars and motorcycle taxis. And you can't use any of these options without coming into contact with other people, whether you're jostling in line or wrapping your arms around a motorcycle taxi driver.

Since the Ebola outbreak, Monrovia has placed new restrictions on public transport, and fewer drivers are willing to take chances. So there aren't as many options for commuters at a time when Ebola has made everyone afraid of touching strangers.

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Tue August 19, 2014
Goats and Soda

'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:04 am

Samuel "Shadow" Morgan.
Courtesy of the artist

Ebola has been responsible for many hundreds of deaths, for fear, for panic, for disbelief and anger.

And for a catchy dance song: "Ebola in Town."

The producers behind this unlikely music are Samuel "Shadow" Morgan and Edwin "D-12" Tweh, who grew up in the shadow of war. They both spent time as kids in refugee camps in Ghana after fleeing the civil war back home in Liberia.

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Thu July 31, 2014
Goats and Soda

How Will You Die?

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 1:50 pm

Steve Cutts for NPR

So let's cut to the chase. Depending on where you live on Earth, cooking dinner, having sex and going to the bathroom are either three of life's many pleasures, or they're the riskiest things you can do.


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Fri May 23, 2014

We Look Amazing In These Gowns

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 11:03 am

You will never look at a commencement gown the same way again.
Steve Cutts for NPR

Former Clinton and Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett knocked it out of the park last year at Pitzer College's commencement. We asked the brilliant animator Steve Cutts to bring part of his address to life in pictures. You will likely never look at a commencement gown the same way again.

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