Evan Semones is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Media and Journalism. Born as a natural communicator with a love for writing and traveling, he is an award-winning multimedia journalist who seeks to go wherever and whenever a story is happening, utilizing all tools at his disposal to best convey information instantly and accurately to readers and viewers.
While witnessing the rebirth of his hometown, a southern industrial city made famous by the winning healthy combination of cigarettes, Texas Pete Hot Sauce, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts (Winston-Salem, NC), Evan developed a love for media, urban development, and the political process at an early age.
He formed his own photo and video production company, CP Media, at age 14, creating custom marketing videos and photographs for advertising companies and governmental agencies like M Creative and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he licensed his photo and video works to media companies such as NBC News, the New York Times, and Viacom.
Interested in the revitalization occuring in his city's downtown during middle and high school, Evan regularly attended city council and zoning committee meetings where he took notes and photographs, and reported these findings online before other local media outlets did so. He became fascinated by government and sought to obtain more experience in politics and media.
Evan became a press intern with Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential primary campaign, and was the main photographer and blogger for Clinton, her family, and surrogates at their North Carolina campaign events. After then-Sen. Barack Obama defeated the former senator from New York, Evan joined the N.C. Democratic Party as a videographer and youth-vote strategist, helping to shoot and produce commercials for candidates and developing electoral strategies with U.S. House candidates. However, after witnessing the impact of partisan media on elections and realizing a need for unbiased information, he dropped his political affilations and pursued journalism head-on.
Evan joined Getty Images in 2010 as a freelance contributor, where he helped cover the White House, the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and President Obama’s North Carolina political rallies. His political works have been used by media outlets like MSNBC, Daily Mail, and Mashable. After networking with national political reporters in D.C., he came back to his first true love of writing, and relentlessly went after any opportunity to hone his craft under the direction and guidance of veteran journalists.
With over eight years of experience in politics and journalism, Evan has covered three presidential campaign cycles, written and contributed to over 250 stories, and completed two political news writing internships at the News & Observer and CNN. As a self-professed politics and news junkie, he regularly monitors bills making their way through Congress and constantly checks current events from a wide range of 50 news apps on his iPhone. Evan is a dynamic, thrifty, diligent, and persistent multimedia journalist who can uniquely present a story from print, video, and photo perspectives - or any combination of the three - for the digital age.
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