November 1, 2019 at 10:45 pm

Career Corner | Storytelling Industry Panel, Nov. 6

The Career and Leadership Development Center invites students to a Storytelling Industry Panel on Nov. 6 from 6 to  7:30 p.m. in the CoLab at Alden 301.

Light refreshments will be offered after the panel, which will run for one hour with time for Q&A, followed by a networking session.

The Storytelling Industry Panel features Matt Hendrickson, Liz Pahl, and Megan Westervelt as panelists. Tom Hodson will moderate the panel.

Tom Hodson, portrait

Tom Hodson

Hodson is the Director of WOUB Public Media at Ohio University and Co-Director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact. While at WOUB, he has conducted hundreds of interviews with celebrities, scholars, journalists, scientists, filmmakers, artists, and just regular people. He looks for what makes each person’s story unique and fascinating. Prior to joining WOUB in 2011, he was the Director of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University from 2003-2010. He also is the Joe Berman Professor of Communication in the Scripps College of Communication. Hodson has a long history in public affairs broadcasting in both television and radio. He also has been active in sports broadcasting including play-by-play of football, basketball, and baseball. In addition to broadcasting and journalism, Hodson has had an extensive legal career. He has served as a trial judge in Ohio for seven years as well as an active trial attorney. He also served as a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States in the Administrative Office of the Chief Justice. Hodson received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University and his Juris Degree from Ohio State University.

Matt Hendrickson, portrait

Matt Hendrickson

Hendrickson has more than 25 years of experience in magazine and digital journalism. Currently, he’s a Contributing Editor for the Southern lifestyle publication Garden & Gun, a position he’s held for the past 12 years, overseeing the music coverage for the magazine. He began his career at Rolling Stone, serving as a writer and editor for 12 years, penning cover stories on Green Day and Rage Against the Machine, among others, as well as covering the 1999 Columbine High School shootings. From 2005-08 he held a three-year visiting professor position at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. For the past 15 years, Hendrickson has contributed to Parade, Details, Travel & Leisure, among many others, as well as running his own media consulting company, Big Swede Media, where his client list includes Fast Company, AT&T, Ford, CBS and Interscope Records. He’s based in Athens, Ohio where his wife is a journalism professor at Ohio University. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Liz Pahl, portrait

Liz Pahl

Pahl is the creator, host, and co-producer of Life’s Soundtrack, a project and podcast that captures stories of how parents who are also artists balance both roles. An accomplished musician and songwriter, Pahl wrote and co-produced two albums (Speak Bird; The Way We Came EP) with her band, The Summoners. Her most recent creative project is Directing and Producing a documentary film on the incredible legacies of four incredible women in the Southeast Ohio region. Pahl has spent nearly two decades in leadership positions producing large-scale events and creative projects, which includes her current role as Associate Director of Event Management in the Department of Conference & Event Services at Ohio University. Pahl received her Bachelor of Science in Communication and her Master of Public Administration from Ohio University.

Megan Westervelt, portrait

Megan Westervelt

Westervelt is a conservation photojournalist and has worked on projects ranging from exotic animal ownership in Ohio to human interaction with the coastal environment in eastern Scotland. Her first thesis project and short film took her to Loja province, Ecuador, where she worked in conjunction with the Tropical Disease Research Program at Ohio University and Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) in their effort to stop the spread of Chagas disease. After working with biologists on a project to comprehensively document the peoples and cultures of the northwestern corner of Yasuní National Park and Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador, entitled Yasuní en Imagenes, in 2014, Westervelt received a Fulbright grant to continue work in Yasuní on a collaborative project with PUCE and indigenous Waorani communities to create a joint visual storytelling exhibition about the changing culture and environment of the Amazonian region, entitled Wao Mimo ( She now aims to launch a non-profit organization that will empower other indigenous communities affected by natural resources extraction to visually tell their own stories and create change within their communities to forward the conservation of their culture and environment. Westervelt recently began her first year in the MFA Communication Media Arts program at Ohio University. In 2014, she received her Master of Arts degree in Photography from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. She also possesses a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Journalism from the University of Denver.


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