Chad A. Stevens is a storyteller. With a breadth of experience in photojournalism and multimedia, Stevens' career spans the spectrum from the newsroom to long-term documentary filmmaking. In 2003 after beginning a workshop for students at Western Kentucky University, Stevens saw, for the fist time, a scene that changed his life – a mountaintop removal coal mine. From that moment on, he began a project that confronts our ideas of energy extraction and consumption and documents the struggle of a grassroots movement to end mountaintop removal and begin the first sustainable energy, green jobs project in Appalachia. The film, The Coal War, is in production and recently won the New York Film Grant.
Between shooting trips to West Virginia and grant writing sessions, Stevens has been a multimedia producer at Mediastorm and was twice nominated for a National Emmy Award for Innovative Storytelling and twice received the Webby Award for documentary in 2007 and 2008. Currently he is a professor of visual communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but he has also taught in the documentary photography programs at the International Center of Photography, Western Kentucky University and Ohio University. Prior to teaching Stevens lived in Africa from 2001 to 2002. While living in Africa, he produced his first multimedia projects for Save the Children, AIDchild and Literacy and Basic Education.