Hanson R. Hosein is the director of the Master of Communication in Digital Media Program at the University of Washington and president of HRH Media Inc. He teaches courses through the Evans School Cascade Executive Programs.
In the last few years, Hanson has also shot and edited groundbreaking films for the United States government in southern Africa, for TurnHere.com and Discovery Channel Mobile in Latin America, and for aid organizations such as PATH and Mercy Corps.
His self-produced film Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop was an early exercise in the use of digital technology in storytelling and ongoing interaction with its audience. The award-winning documentary was also featured by Yahoo!, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Variety, ABC News, National Public Radio, and broadcast by NHK Japan, SBS Australia, and the Sundance Channel. He recently completed the sequel, Independent America: Rising from Ruins.
Prior to his work in film making, Hosein worked as journalist and served from 1997-2001 as NBC News’ Middle East Producer and MSNBC.com correspondent. In 2003, Hanson served as an NBC correspondent and solo journalist during the war in Iraq. Armed with a laptop, satellite phone, and camcorder, he filed ongoing Persian Gulf coverage live from the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. He then covered the aftermath of the war from Beirut, Damascus, Amman, and Jerusalem. In 2004, he coordinated NBC Nightly News’ coverage of the U.S. handover of power to the new Iraqi government and was embedded with the First Cavalry Division. He is the recipient of an Emmy and Overseas Press Club Award for his NBC Nightly News coverage “The Fall of Kosovo.”
Hanson holds a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and law degrees from the University of Paris and McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Areas of Specialization:
Social Media, Digital Storytelling and Research Strategies, Video Production, Online Video, News Reporting, Television, Emerging Technologies, International Relations