Brian Kaufman is Executive Video Producer at the Detroit Free Press. Working alone or in small teams, Kaufman’s work spans a broad range, from news-driven video journalism to feature films on social and environmental issues. Since the founding of the Detroit Free Press’ Freep Film Festival in 2014, Kaufman’s work has screened annually in theaters across Metro Detroit and been featured in film festivals nationwide, including DOC NYC.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Kaufman three Emmy awards and nominated him in the craft category of Nature and Wildlife Cinematography. In 2017, Kaufman received two national Edward R. Murrow awards. He was formerly named Detroit’s Young Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists and his work as a photographer and editor has been recognized by a number of other national organizations.

Kaufman’s career began with a Visual Journalism degree at Brooks Institute of Photography in California and a job at the Naples Daily News in Florida, where he helped launch the first newspaper-based television newscast in the country. Since joining the Detroit Free Press, Kaufman has been instrumental in facilitating the education of video journalism to other newspaper photographers and reporters, including a Gannett initiative that dramatically increased video traffic in newsrooms nationwide.

Kaufman teaches video storytelling annually at the Maine Media Workshops and has coached workshops for the National Press Photographers Association.

His free time is best spent … outdoors.


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