Jarrad Henderson is a 4x Emmy Award-winning visual journalist, filmmaker, and educator who seeks to democratize journalism by empowering diverse voices to share their stories. He is currently a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.
Jarrad Henderson has missed more moments than he’s captured but still chases them enthusiastically every day. He can best be described as a multimedia alchemist and respected industry leader who seeks to democratize journalism by empowering diverse voices to share their stories. A 4x Emmy Award-winning visual journalist and inspirational educator, Jarrad has produced impactful content in large newsrooms for over a decade.
Motivated by his commitment to providing safe learning environments, he has inspired countless students to pursue their love for visual storytelling. He currently exercises his curiosity as a 2022 Knight-Wallace fellow, a program hosted at the Knight-Wallace Center for Journalists at the University of Michigan.
As a mentor, Jarrad helps underserved communities pursue their dreams of becoming visual storytellers through his roles as a multimedia judge at the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, as a past Academic Representative for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Board of Directors, and as a member of the Filmmaker Development Council for the Video Consortium.
As an educator, Jarrad has been described as a relatable, energetic presenter able to simplify complex concepts into digestible pieces. He is at his best when teaching students how to research, document, edit and share stories as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.
Jarrad credits his mentors and organizations like NABJ for being a catalyst in his professional development and a source of inspiration to pass along the torch. In his previous role as Senior Multimedia Producer at USA Today, Jarrad’s work was honored by organizations such as the Robert F. Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, Sidney Hillman Foundation, News Leaders Association, and National Press Photographers Association.
His curriculum and mobile documentary storytelling pop-up workshops which will bring tools and education directly to underrepresented communities. When he is not teaching or creating, Jarrad can be found at your local roller-skating rink, jamming to his favorite 90s R&B and Hip Hop hits.