ZACK BADDORF

An Intro

I’m a journalist and filmmaker with more than 15 years of experience producing award-winning stories from more than 30 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, and Kashmir, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma.

My work has been published by the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, Reuters, AP, The Guardian, CBS, ABC, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, VICE, RYOT, Al Jazeera English, and other publications in video, radio, photo, and print formats. My videos on social media alone have more than 30 million views.

While living in the Central African Republic, I broke the news of the American military ending its mission against the Lord’s Resistance Army. My in-depth reporting on the Syrian town of Moadamiyah contributed to humanitarian access being granted to besieged people there. Weeks before Russian troops invaded Crimea, my reporting from the peninsula highlighted its political importance in the conflict.

I work as a video producer for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, crafting anti-ISIS videos. For a year in Afghanistan, I worked on rural, remote bases for the U.S. Special Operations Command as a civilian videographer, alongside Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Afghan security forces.

I have also worked as an adjunct professor at New York University and New York Film Academy, teaching public relations and broadcast journalism. I’ve got a master of fine arts degree in documentary studies, a master of arts degree in international relations, another master’s in public relations and a bachelor’s in journalism.

NYC : +1-202-630-4310
Email : zack@baddorf.com
Backup : zackbaddorf@gmail.com
Skype : zackbaddorf
Fax : +1-610-887-5753

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Portfolio

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After Euromaidan, Flowers Come Out in Kiev

From late 2013 until mid 2014, the Maidan in the center of the Ukraine's capital city, was the epicenter of contention for the nation's protesters and riot police. But after deposing former president Viktor Yanukovych on February 22, I reported how the...
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ATV Ride in Afghanistan

In some of the most remote and dangerous spots in Afghanistan, the U.S. Special Operations Forces sometimes get around by ATV.
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Ben

Ben seems to have a perfect life in Haiti. He lives in a beautiful home overlooking the Caribbean and trains Haitian teachers in Creole a a school just a quick walk away. Ben loves the solitude and peace that he...
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Chef David Bouley in Manhattan

I hung out with David Bouley at his restaurant in lower Manhattan and filmed him at work for broadcast on French TV. This 1 minute 30 second piece shows some of his tasty (and healthy) French cuisine.    
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Chick and Jane

A tribute to my grandfather.
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Completely Cut Off in East Ukraine

Reporting from the front lines of Shyrokyne in East Ukraine.
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Destroyed African Village (in 360°)

In northwest Central African Republic, an armed rebel group has burned villages to the ground, displacing thousands. Listen to the voices of those who fled the violence.  
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Día de Los Muertos

In a small indigenous village in Guatemala, people honor the dead and scare away evil spirits by building gigantic, colorful kites in their local graveyard. People of all ages also come to fly beautiful kites as part of this tradition...
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Everyday Heroes in the Special Forces Community: Allison & Breg Hughes

CPT Breg Hughes was injured in Afghanistan by an IED but he hasn't let his injuries define his life. As part of the Green Beret Foundation's "Everyday Heroes in the Special Forces Community" video series, I share his story of military service and his life after coming home...
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Green Beret Meets Market’s Demand

Ret. SGM Bruce Parkman spent his career in the Army serving the country and thought he had everything planned out. Armed with a Masters degree and his experience, he found the civilian job market to be more challenging than he...
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Hostel

A conversation with Chad Kister about the voices in his head.
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Humanitarian crisis in Central Africa

A video produced for the UN humanitarian agency OCHA about the crisis in the Central African Republic.
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I yéké mou ndo

Performed by the Central African Republic hip hop group "One Force" -- a group devoted to social cohesion in a country at war.
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Kashmir: Paradise On Earth

Paradise on Earth is a 11-minute documentary about my visit to India-controlled Kashmir as a participant in election monitoring. The film shows how Kashmiris are caught in the middle between the Indian military and the militants vying for independence. Warning:...
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NYC Snow Blizzard of 2016 (in 360°)

I spent a day in the cold to capture the snow blizzard of 2016 in NYC.
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Prosthetics for Syrian Amputees

More than 300,000 Syrians have been killed during the country’s ongoing civil war. Losing limbs in the conflict is also common. Syrians with little medical training have learned to make prosthetic limbs on the Turkish side of the Syrian border.
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School of Peace for Syrians

Located in Reyhanli, Turkey, Al Salaam School is a non-profit school for Syrian refugee children.
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Special Forces Leadership Lessons

Western Union's Chief Compliance Officer, Jacqueline Molnar, spent 4 days in the backcountry Moab, Utah, with transitioning special operation soldiers and other corporate leaders. Watch as both parties honed in on leadership, teamwork and critical problem solving skills, which are...
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Special Forces Take On Wall Street

The Green Beret Foundation rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange in December 2014, closing the market for the day.
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Svoboda ‘Extremists’ in Ukraine

The story of a Svoboda guard at a Euromaidan checkpoint at Independence Square (Maidan) in Kiev, Ukraine.
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Syrian Crisis Hits Children Hard

In the summer of 2012, I visited a refugee camp in Turkey, along the Syrian border, where thousands of Syrian refugees were living. My video captures the effects of the Syrian crisis on the children.
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Teaching Afghanistan’s Future

After working for a year in Afghanistan as a videographer for US Special Forces, I returned to Kabul to highlight the training of girls education and teacher training in Afghanistan.
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The Crucible

The Crucible brings together a group of civilians with a former Green Beret and another Green Beret transitioning into the civilian world. They go together on a four-day hiking expedition in Utah to build a team and learn from each...
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Thyself Be True

A therapist’s notes are not written to be seen by others, much less projected on a screen in a room full of strangers. But during a trail, two men's notes were blown up on a monitor next to the jury....
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Training African Armies To Fight Terrorism

In a program known as Flintlock, American and European special forces train armies from seven African countries over three weeks.  
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Training U.S. Soldiers About Afghan Agriculture

Agriculture Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training provides American diplomats and soldiers with a full educational program on agriculture prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.  
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Voters, Cheaters, Cops and Soldiers

Tense scenes in Haiti's presidential election in October 2015.


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Contact

NYC : +1-202-630-4310
Bangui : +236-7217-9374
Backup : +236-7573-0742
Email : zack@baddorf.com
Backup : zackbaddorf@gmail.com
Skype : zackbaddorf
Fax : +1-610-887-5753

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