Photojournalist & Multimedia Storyteller



Lessons of THAT TREE - an iPhone film - During his 2016 Quad City Arts Visiting Artist residency, photographer Mark Hirsch, author of 'That Tree', taught both photography and life lessons to his students. This video, ’Lessons of THAT TREE', features his work with Rock Island junior high and elementary school students. All of the video in this short film was captured with either an iPhone 5s or iPhone 6.


The Litter Lady Odyssey: Caryl Altemus has a special affinity for Douglas Park and the neighborhood she has lived in for 18 years. A retired teacher, Ms. Altemus also works at the Rock Island Hy-Vee, offering food samples and talking to customers. But, her passion is cleaning up garbage in and around the west-end park.



William “Pete” White talks in jail - Convicted murderer William “Pete” White of Viola, Ill., talks with Dispatch/Argus reporter Stephen Elliott, Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014, in the Mercer County Jail. White recently pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for killing his estranged wife, Melissa White, with a crowbar in 2011.


Documentary: Arsenal at 150 - The Rock Island Arsenal has had a major impact on the Quad-Cities and the military personnel it has supported around the world. "The Arsenal at 150" offers a look at the rich and colorful history of the installation, beginning with its establishment in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. The short documentary was produced by Todd Mizener and Paul Colletti of The Dispatch The Rock Island Argus.


Wayne Viager: In his own words - Wayne Viager, of Cable, Ill., the father who was able to save his two sons but lost his wife, daughter and her three friends to a terrible fire that swept through their home talks about the horror of that night and how he's trying to rebuild a life through rebuilding a home.


Putting the band back together - Bruce Peterson, of Navarro Canoe, Rock Island, Ill., put the band back together. Follow the month long restoration leading up to the triumphant return of the Blues Brothers statues to downtown Rock Island in 2014. 


Bird's Eye View - Ironworker Charlie Matkovic watches the final beam be lowered by crane down to his position atop the KONE Centre in Moline Wednesday morning during the topping off ceremony for the new office building. The $40 million KONE Centre celebrated the construction milestone with a topping off ceremony for the structure is being built north of River Drive, east of the Arsenal Bridge ramp and west of 17th Street, at Bass Street Landing.


Ian's "Endeavor" - Meet the 13-year-old behind the original composition "Endeavor". Wilson Middle School student Ian Brown talks about his music and the thrill of debuting his work at Wilson's Spring Concert, Thursday May 22, 2014.


2009 JDC - Imaginary Golf in the Rain - Dispatch/Argus sports writer Dan Tomlin plays an imaginary hole of golf during the rain delay Friday at the John Deere Classic. Video originally posted July 10, 2009.


Lincoln School: The Final Chapter - A crew from American Demolition Corp. razes the old Lincoln School arch in Rock Island on Friday Sept. 14, 2012. The demolition of the archway took less than 10-minutes and marked the end of the principal demolition work of the school which was built in 1893. Work will continue next week with the removal of the building's foundation, a concrete slab and then back filling the site.


President Obama visits Ross' - President Barack Obama puts his arm around Cynthia Freidhof, co-owner of Ross' Restaurant, while making an impromptu stop at the Bettendorf eatery on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. In his hand the president is holding a large cinnamon roll.


Talking Wax Museum - Sixth grade students at Eugene Field Elementary in Rock Island, Ill. perform their own version of a "Talking Wax Museum" in the school's media center, Thursday January 15, 2015.


Honor Flight: A soldier's painful memory - On Nov. 1, 2008 I had the honor of being part of the media contingent which covered the Inaugural Honor Flight of the Quad Cities trip to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The trip was a life changing event for me on part because of my experience with a WWII veteran named Joe Colmer of East Moline, Illinois. Joe was a real live American hero who like many of his comrades never spoke about the war after they came home. On that crisp November day Joe decided, for whatever reason, to share for the first time a memory which had haunted him ever since that day on the battlefield near Villard-de-Lans, France. In honor of Veteran's Day I have reedited the original video. After returning from Washington I only had time to build an audio slideshow. The video is a powerful reminder of the extreme sacrifices paid by Joe and the rest of his generation.


Big Mama's house comes down - Rock Island law enforcement officials hope they closed an ugly chapter in the city's history on Monday, September 28, 2009 when they razed 'Big Mama's Houseapos'. According to the Rock Island Police, the house was the center of criminal activity perpetrated by members of the Lee family, who are currently in federal prison after being convicted of dealing crack cocaine. The house was subject to forfeiture under the United States Department of Justiceapos;s asset forfeiture program because it was used to facilitate the drug dealing. Jeffie Jearline Lee, a.k.a. apos;Big Mama,apos; who was released in June after spending one year in prison for maintaining a drug-involved dwelling, showed up to pronounce to neighbors, family and friends that the razing of her former home has no effect on her or her family.