About Matt Ford Media

Ever since I was an awkward theater kid and home movie enthusiast, I’ve been captivated by the power of story to inspire and move people.  I’ve honed my skills working in Hollywood, digital journalism, and communications in humanitarian emergencies — all industries facing massive transformation in the digital age.

Once upon a time in Hollywood

After attending film school in Toronto, I left the great white North to pursue a warmer climate and a career in the film industry.  At 21, after working on Kaante, Bollywood’s first film shot in Hollywood, I become one of the youngest members accepted in local 728, the union for lighting technicians.  

I cut my teeth on the studio lots of Los Angeles and field productions across the United States.  I became the master of the lighting gags on shows like the West Wing and Alias.

Elections, wars, and revolutions

In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq, and I felt drawn towards telling stories that might have a larger positive impact in the world. I left L.A. to study journalism at Penn State and earn a Masters in journalism at Northwestern University.

After graduation, I was hired by the Associated Press to cover the 2008 election as part of a new multimedia storytelling team. In between elections, I covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in early 2011, I transferred to the AP’s Middle East Bureau in Cairo as Egyptians were taking to the street to oust then President Hosni Mubarak.  Over the course of the Arab Spring, I would report in nearly every country in the Middle East.

Stories for a better world

After witnessing the fallout of the Arab Spring, I joined former AP photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill to found Vignette, a social impact production company that focused on innovative and engaging ways to communicate the complexities of the world’s most pressing issues, like climate change, global health, and refugee crises. 

Over seven years, we produced award-winning work for leading media companies like National Geographic, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post, as well as international organizations like UNICEF, The IRC, and Search for Common Ground.

Interested in collaborating?

Today, I’m pursuing projects focused on critical global issues as an independent journalist and filmmaker.

Interested in collaborating? Drop me a line.