Zach Wise

Zach Wise is an Emmy Award winning multimedia producer and Associate Professor in The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

His innovative work and vision began at Ohio University when he was a Visiting Professor in the School of Visual Communication. There he founded the School’s first annual digital initiative, Soul of Athens. The project won awards from POYi and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism and went on to be the School’s annual online publication.

In 2007, Wise signed on to be the Senior Multimedia Producer for the Las Vegas Sun. He helped with the launch of its new website and created the site’s first multimedia pieces. His other work at the Sun was recognized by the National Headliner Awards, Online News Association, Webby Awards, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, and more notably, the Pulitzer Prize, where his video and interactive regarding the Construction Deaths on the Strip, contributed to The Sun’s first win. In 2008, Wise joined The New York Times’ Multimedia team. His work there has garnered a Peabody, several Emmy nominations, an Emmy award, and numerous other industry honors.

A native of Athens, Ohio, Wise received his Masters Degree in Photojournalism from Ohio University in 2006. Every year, he travels nationally and internationally for speaking engagements, workshops, and competitions on the subject of multimedia and interactive storytelling.


  • Thirst in the Mojave
    1st Best Use of Multimedia NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2009
  • Thirst in the Mojave
    1st News or Feature Multimedia Package UNDE NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2009
  • Wreckless Willie
    1st Documentary Video NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2009
  • Choosing a President
    1st Road to Office Multimedia Package NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2009
  • Choosing a President
    1st Road to Office Video NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2009
  • Choosing a President
    2008 Peabody Award included with 2 other videos for the award.
  • Pogue-o-matic
    1st Creative Use of Online SABEW 2008 Best in Business
  • Burning Man
    1st Video Storytelling Best of the West 2008
  • Burning Man
    Official Honoree Online Film & Video 12th Annual Webby Awards
  • Burning Man
    2nd Online Visuals National Headliners Awards 2007
  • Construction Deaths
    1st Public Service Reporting Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards
  • Soul of Athens
    1st Best Use of the Web NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2008
  • Soul of Athens
    1st Best Multimedia Package INDE NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2008
  • Soul of Athens
    2nd Best Use Multimedia -Small POYi 2008
  • Soul of Athens
    Award of Excellence in Online Multimedia Journalism Society of News Design 2008
  • Losing Louisiana
    Award of Excellence Individual Online Multimedia 63rd CPOY (College Photographer of the Year)
  • Music in Athens
    1st Bronze Team Online Multimedia 63rd CPOY (College Photographer of the Year)

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