Meet the KDMC Staff
Len De Groot is the Interactive Design & Data Instructor at the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, teaching mid-career journalists and graduate students skills to tell stories on the Web. He has nearly 20 years of newsroom experience and was graphics director for WSFL-TV and the SunSentinel newspaper in South Florida. While there he created and directed news graphics for print, interactive graphics for the paper’s Web site and animated news graphics and packages for a morning television news show and television station promotions. De Groot has been recognized with more than 30 international and national awards for informational graphics.
- • Course design, instruction and online instruction
- • GIS (ESRI, QGIS, MAPublisher), 3D (LightWave), Adobe Creative Suite (all), VizRT
- • Voting with your tweet: Developed visualizations of Twitter messages to illustrate daily win/loss predictions for 2012 congressional races.
- • freeDive: Designed and developed a tool for making embeddable, user-searchable databases
Paul Grabowicz is Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean and Director of the New Media Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and teaches classes in multimedia reporting, new media publishing and video game storytelling.
He is co-author of "California Inc.," a book about how the entrepreneurial spirit shaped the politics, culture and economy of California, and has written extensively about issues in online journalism and digital technology.
A professional journalist for more than 25 years, he spent most of his career as the investigative reporter at The Oakland Tribune. He also served as night city editor and acting city editor and developed an early prototype of a Web site for the paper (it was rejected).
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, he began his journalism career in 1973 working for local papers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Bay Guardian. He has written for publications such as the Washington Post, Esquire magazine, The Village Voice and Newsday.
In 1995 he began setting up the New Media Program at the Graduate School of Journalism. He also was the driving force in creating the Knight Digital Media Center at the school.Vicki Hammarstedt is responsible for business and marketing development for kdmcBerkeley. Prior to joining kdmcBerkeley she managed business development and marketing for start-up companies in mobile, telecom and e-commerce. She began her career as a high school teacher and has continued to support public education throughout her career, including developing a public school charter. Hammarstedt has a Bachelors of Art degree in Biology from Michigan Technological University. She enjoys traveling with her family, sailing and organic gardening. Contact: email@example.com
Mitzi Mock is a freelance producer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves telling narrative stories in radio, video, photos and print. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgment, The Bay Citizen, StoryCorps, Crosscurrents and Richmond Confidential. Most recently, she has worked as a multimedia trainer for the Knight Digital Media Center at U.C. Berkeley, supporting instruction in video, photography and data visualization. Before starting her career in journalism, Mitzi was a communications specialist. She developed social media strategies, produced print and multimedia content for web, and coordinated public relations on behalf of public and nonprofit agencies. She has a master’s degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
Jerry Monti is an award-winning multimedia producer with more than 20 years experience in the digital media industry. Monti has served as Executive Producer at AOL and as coordinator for the largest computer training program in Washington state. Monti was a founder of one of the first VC-funded video sites on the web and he has consulted for Adobe and Corbis. Monti holds a BA in Journalism from California State University at Northridge and a M.Ed. from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer and was Apple Certified Consultant with Server Certification. Jerry lives at the beach in Pacifica and enjoys trail hikes in the fog, watching storms and listening to Miles Davis.Lanita Pace-Hinton is the director of kdmcBerkeley, a digital media education and leadership program for media professionals based at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked with the Knight center since 2000, previously as the associate director of the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism – the predecessor of the KDMC - developing high-level seminars for print, broadcast and online reporters, editors and producers who covered specialized topics. She began her journalism career as a feature writer with Gannett News Service and has written for the Detroit News and The Washington Post. She joined the staff of The Press-Enterprise, in Riverside, Calif., as a reporter and subsequently served as the assistant to the managing editor responsible for editorial recruitment, staff development and community outreach. Following her stint in daily journalism, she took a turn at teaching. She taught reporting and writing at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., and was the advisor to the student newspaper. She received a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org