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“The Best Decision I Could Have Made”: Stories from 2008 Campaign Veterans

Read the stories of some of the staffers who answered that call nine years ago — and still serve beside President Obama in the White House today. 

The American Legion: A Lens on the Government

Hope Hall is the official videographer for the White House. But before she spent her workdays documenting the daily comings and goings of the president of the United States, she was a successful competitor in The American Legion’s Oratorical Contest. 

In Review: The President’s Filmmakers Pick Their Favorite White House Videos

After much consideration and time spent pouring over the thousands of videos that produced over the past eight years, these are the top picks for videos, as chosen by our resident White House filmmakers.

Lessons from Hope Hall

A 35-minute pep talk given to Government Services about what I've learned on the job (June 4, 2016)

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The Interdependence Project: Change Your Mind to Change the World

Tarikh Korula and I had a beautiful talk, thank you Tarikh!

December 01, 2017

A Conversation with Obama Videographer Hope Hall and Tarikh Korula

In this podcast, IDP Board Chair Tarikh Korula, talks with Hope Hall, a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and teacher. She shares her poem, Mindset, which she discusses and, for the first time, reads aloud for us 

Hope Hall on Kelly Carlin's Podcast "Waking from the American Dream"

A raucous and thoughtful time musing with one incredible Kelly Carlin in the rumpus room behind her house, have a listen!

September 28, 2017

Medium.com: Now & Afterward Interview

Spotlight Q&A: This is Betsy Hall

August 26, 2019

‘This is for betsy hall’ is a unique impressionistic montage crafted by Hope Hall as a gift for her mother, acknowledging her lifelong struggle with anorexia and bulimia. This deeply impactful project is one of many she has developed in her 20 years as a cinematographer, photographer and editor.

On Air: Radio New Zealand Interview by Wallace Chapman

Sunday morning has a new bar, set by New Zealand...getting interviewed, broadcast live across the country, in RNZ's coolio studios, flat white in hand. Yes!

August 19, 2017

Career Insight - Hope Hall - Principal Presidential Videographer

CreativesGo

January 19, 2017

Hope tells us about her career, how she landed the job in the White House, her work with the President and what she plans to do next.

Through the Lens of Hope: Obama’s Videographer Debriefs

UC Berkeley Alumni Magazine

January 18, 2017

For the last six years, she’s been Barack Obama’s presidential videographer (think of her as the national fly on the wall). She doesn’t shoot videos for the official record; that’s the job of the White House Communications Agency, which documents every public event in which the President participates. Her assignment is to film the President in his more informal moments...

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