Ari Beser

Producer • Storyteller • Photographer 410 - 591- 5829

Student Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker and multimedia storyteller.

Professional Experience

Media Lab, Fellow 2019 - Present

The Economist, New York, NY

  • Create a Brand solution for The World Ahead

  • Create Pitch Decks to present to global business team

  • Brainstorm across departments to help with Requests for Proposals

Public Speaker

Global 2013 - Present

  • The grandson of Jacob Beser, the only man aboard both planes that dropped the atomic bombs in World War II

  • 3 TEDx talks, 3 National Geographic Live! Events, One Creative Mornings, and 2 speeches in Japanese aboard Peace Boat

  • Spread the dangers of nuclear war by sharing voices of the survivors

  • Non-partisan effort to convey the human impact of the use of nuclear weapons to help prevent their future use

  • Member of 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Associate Producer 2018 - Present

Interface Media Group, Washington, D.C.

  • Produce videos from script to screen in high pace and high workload environment for television, internet and political agencies Assist in studio, on location and 360 VR shoots

  • Manage teams across departments from production, editing, graphics to sales.

  • Manage social media channels across all platforms with Hootsuite

Multimedia Journalist

Freelance, Washington, D.C. 2013- Present

  • CNN, Great Big Story, Segment Creator

  • Maryland Public Television’s Anacostia Revealed, Segment Producer

  • National Geographic Travel, Writer

  • National Geographic, Field Producer

  • National Geographic News, Writer

  • National Geographic, The Plate, Contributing Blogger

  • The Nation Magazine, Writer

  • International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Photographer

  • Huffington Post, Contributing Blogger

  • PRI’s the World, Photographer

  • Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Getty Images Contributing Photographer

  • Getty Images Contributing Videographer

  • El Diario, Spain, Contributing Photographer

  • The Baltimore Sun, Op-Ed Writer

Fulbright Digital Storytelling Fellow

National Geographic, Japan 2015-2016

  • Contributed weekly to National Geographic digital platforms

  • Produced and filmed documentary over ten months on location in Japan

  • Conducted and filmed 50+ interviews complete with b-roll and separate audio

  • Edited two documentary was accepted into The Oregon Short Film Festival, and The Chesapeake Film Festival. The second has so far been selected to screen at two festivals and was named a semi-finalist in the Student Academy Awards

Media Lab Director

Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, Rwamagana, Rwanda 2013- 2014

  • Created digital video content for fundraising

  • Taught 70+ novice students basic digital photography and videography skills

  • Oversaw TV club where students created their own television news program

  • Mentored a group of 16 boys; taught English

Web Reporter

Peace Boat, Global 2013

  • Documented 8 Atomic Bomb Survivors who traveled around the world on a 3 month voyage to deliver their testimony in each port of call

  • Conducted over 20 interviews, with B roll

  • Filmed and Edited three short form videos

  • Wrote 20 blog posts

Trainings, Awards and Recognition

  • National Geographic Storytellers Summit, 2019

  • CUSEF Global Journalism Fellow, 2018

  • Creative Mornings DC, 2018 November Speaker, 2018

  • American University Dean’s Intern at Interface Media Group, 2018

  • Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 2017

  • National Geographic Sciencetelling Boot Camp, 2015, 2016

  • 3 times TEDx speaker

  • Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, 2015-16

  • Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year, 2015


M.A., Film Media Arts, American University, Washington, D.C., 2018

B.A., Political Science, The University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2011