Ben is an Emmy-Award winning documentary producer and reporter for washingtonpost.com. His video documentaries have appeared in numerous film festivals, on MSNBC, PBS and washingtonpost.com.
Pierre Kattar is an award-winning video producer for washingtonpost.com where he reports on local, national and international issues. He produces multimedia packages that include video, audio and 360-degree panoramas. His work has contributed to a Peabody, Scripps Howard Foundation award, Casey Journalism Center award, three RTNDA Edward R. Murrow awards, and two National Emmy nominations. He was recently named 2007 Editor of the Year by The White House News Photographers Association.
Insurgent groups in Iraq and Afghanistan are using handheld video cameras to chronicle their operations, including the assembly and emplacement of roadside bombs targeting U.S. forces, to recruit and raise money. Ben Venzke, CEO of the counterterror intelligence group IntelCenter, explains the role of such video in insurgent movements.…
Bob's Guns is the biggest dealer in Norfolk, Va. The store also has among the highest number of guns recovered at crime scenes. Owner Robert Marcus says that he is a responsible seller despite the stats. The Post investigates this apparent paradox.
When police recover a gun at a crime scene and want to know the last known owner, they send a trace request to the ATF's National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, W. Va. The center is an ever-growing repository of guns sales data from out of business dealers from across the country.
The Firearms Examination Unit of the PG County Police (Md.) is a real-life CSI, complete with a bullet and shell recovery tank, comparative microscopes and a gun library of 1,300 crime guns. The lab's examiners were instrumental in linking the shell casings from the murder of Jerrod Falls to the Glock possessed by convicted felon Erik Dixon.…
When Erik Dixon gunned down Jerrod Falls during a baby shower, his sister and mother were among those who watched in horror.
The life of a .45 caliber Glock pistol started at a gun store police have long suspected as diverting guns to criminals. Not long afterward, the gun was used to kill a man during a baby shower.
Video extras from Creating "Frank Cho's World:" The full take of photographer Andrew Cutraro's images from the shoot. Images by Andrew Cutraro / Redux.
In two days, Frank Cho--aided by a small army of people--created a 3D set from a line drawing for the cover shoot of The Washington Post Magazine.
Video extras from Creating "Frank Cho's World:" The creator of Liberty Meadows, which stars the curvy heroine Brandy, talks about his brand of sexual humor, animals and his career.
Video extras from Creating "Frank Cho's World:" How does a line drawing become a life-sized 3-D set in two days? Watch a time-lapse of the entire two-day process from foam core and fishing wire to final flash.
Jason McGuire left his house this morning near Beach Drive in Northwest D.C. to get to his job at his family's funeral parlor. But a fast-moving thunderstorm left downed trees and power lines in its wake and blocked his usual route to work. He decided to try his luck crossing a stretch of standing water. That's when things went wrong.…
Under cover of darkness and blanketed by snow, a view of life on the streets following Washington's second blizzard. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
D.C. area awakens to a blanket of snow. Scenes from Rock Creek Park, Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights in northwest D.C. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
As President Obama enters the second year of his term, people on the streets of D.C. talk about how their feelings have changed since his historic inauguration.
Smar Abuagla is 13 years old and a typical American teenager. She also happens to wear a head scarf at school. In her own words, she describes how she arrived at this decision and how her classmates and friends have come to regard her.
A diverse local crowd dances Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as part of an attempt to best the Guinness world record for the most people dancing to one song simultaneously. Ten countries participated in the Thrill the World event.
Sarah and Will Armstrong are like many middle-class families. They are educated, have three kids and nice house in the suburbs. But at the end of next month, their health insurance will run out.
Culminating months and months of work, fashion designers take their final bows at New York Fashion Week.
Chris Cotillo gave up on competitive weight lifting when his best friend and lifting partner died in a car accident. Ten years later, he's back at the gym with hopes of honoring his friend by breaking regional bench pressing record at the United States Power Lifting meet in Annapolis.
Mourners lined the streets in Washington, D.C., to pay their respects to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy as the funeral cortege made its way to Arlington National Cemetery.
Greenspring Village Retirement Community residents express their thoughts and concerns with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) over President Obama's health-care reform bill. A group of residents protested outside.
Psychotherapist Barry Spodak loves to act. He creates schizophrenic, bipolar and paranoid characters to help law enforcement agents assess threats on the lives of presidents, supreme court justices and other VIPs.
Firefighter Scott Hudson, one of the first firefighters on the scene of the metro rail crash last Monday, describes the day.
Some Metro riders are nervous but most express being unfazed on their commute the day after Metro's accident.
Family, friends remember one of the Metro crash victims at a vigil in Hyattsville, Md.
Locals and visitors react to the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
First-time home buyers and eager investors take advantage of low interest rates, falling prices and the D.C. area's abundance of foreclosed properties.
Every Saturday at dawn, dozens of people line up outside the Ambassador Baptist Church in S.E. Washington. In recent months, the demand for food assistance in the D.C. area has grown significantly..
Business is good at the bartending school in Arlington, Va. Enrollment is up 25 percent. Soul-searchers, college graduates and the unemployed look to the service industry for answers.
A quick tour of snowy downtown D.C.
A documentary of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama by the documentary video staff of The Washington Post.
In April of 2008, washingtonpost.com video journalist Pierre Kattar donated his kidney to a complete stranger to save his father's life. He documented the unique experience of participating in an eight-person kidney exchange.
Michael Oliveri, 24, is losing his battle with muscular dystrophy but gaining a greater appreciation for life as he drives from New Jersey to California for warmer weather and specialized medical care
As a successful financial planner, Larry Ford helps his clients manage their wallets. But as a shaman, he also helps them tap into their spirituality.
In downtown Chicago, tens of thousands of supporters young and old gathered in Grant Park to celebrate Sen. Barack Obama's election night victory.
Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley, is not just a quaint tourist magnet. The Northeast Mississippi city is also, some residents say, a caldron of political divisions and racial unease, a circumstance only intensified by an increasingly heated presidential contest.
D.C. residents rejoice after hearing that Senator Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States of America.
Some Wisconsin voters fear a possible Obama presidency. Others are concerned people won't vote for him because of his race.
The Gettysburg Cyclorama was cutting edge, immersive entertainment when it was new in 1884. In the age of the interactive and fully-wired museum, the old panoramic painting has been refurbished to its original splendor.
Despite Tropical Storm Hanna's downpour, locals and tourists tried to go about their day in Washington, D.C. The situation was worse in Huntington area of Fairfax County, where 114 homes were evacuated because of flooding.
His mother is white and from Kansas. His father is from Africa; and his wife's name is Michele. Will Jawando, a former staffer to Sen. Barack Obama, says that deciding whether he feels more black or white was a matter decided for him by his appearance and society.
Patrick Odong was forced to kill as a rebel in the LRA. Music helped him find peace when he returned home.
Catherine Ojok runs a small cafe where customers have no idea of her past. And she wants it to stay that way.
To stay in the camps or to go home, for northern Uganda's displaced the wrong choice could mean the difference between life and death.
Robert and Susan Levy's daughter disappeared on May 1, 2001. Her skeletal remains were found a year later. The investigation of her murder is ongoing.
In his first trip to New York, Pope Benedict XVI expressed shame for the child abuse scandal and encouraged young Catholics to be active in the Church.
From his landing at Andrews Airforce Base to his historic first Mass in the United States, Pope Benedict XVI has been a focal point for tens of thousands of Catholics in the D.C. area.
African-American religious leaders in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia share their views on the Democratic candidates and issues ahead of Tuesday's Potomac Primary.
Ever wonder what it's like behind the runway before a fashion show? Take a peek at Miss Sixty's preparations.
Rudy Giuliani opted to stake his candidacy on success in Florida, spending little time in other early primary states. We visited three places where he campaigned to get a sense of what Republican voters think of him.