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  Josh Hester , Principal & Executive Producer  Josh is an Emmy-nominated video producer with almost 20 years of experience creating compelling corporate films, television commercials, and online marketing video for business and causes. He holds an AS in Recording from Full Sail University, a BA in Film & Video Production from Columbia College Chicago, and an MA in Communication from the University of Illinois. Josh is also an FAA commercially-licensed drone pilot.

Josh Hester, Principal & Executive Producer

Josh is an Emmy-nominated video producer with almost 20 years of experience creating compelling corporate films, television commercials, and online marketing video for business and causes. He holds an AS in Recording from Full Sail University, a BA in Film & Video Production from Columbia College Chicago, and an MA in Communication from the University of Illinois. Josh is also an FAA commercially-licensed drone pilot.

  Chris Costello , Associate Producer  Chris first picked up a sony handycam he borrowed from his friend Drew’s mom at age 14 and the rest is history. (Thanks, Drew’s mom!) He holds a BA in Visual Communication from the University of Illinois and is an FAA commercially-licensed drone pilot. His production experience includes corporate film, television commercials, online marketing video, and a number of independent projects and films. Chris first joined Storyteller part-time in 2015 and became a full-time producer in January of 2018.

Chris Costello, Associate Producer

Chris first picked up a sony handycam he borrowed from his friend Drew’s mom at age 14 and the rest is history. (Thanks, Drew’s mom!) He holds a BA in Visual Communication from the University of Illinois and is an FAA commercially-licensed drone pilot. His production experience includes corporate film, television commercials, online marketing video, and a number of independent projects and films. Chris first joined Storyteller part-time in 2015 and became a full-time producer in January of 2018.

  Carrie Watson , Production Assistant & Field Audio Recordist  Carrie holds a BA in Children’s Ministry from Lincoln Christian University. When she's not traveling with the Storyteller team, she serves as a Wellness Coach at the local YMCA and as a volunteer lighting operator on her church service production team. Carrie joined Storyteller in February of 2016 and we just couldn’t do life without her.

Carrie Watson, Production Assistant & Field Audio Recordist

Carrie holds a BA in Children’s Ministry from Lincoln Christian University. When she's not traveling with the Storyteller team, she serves as a Wellness Coach at the local YMCA and as a volunteer lighting operator on her church service production team. Carrie joined Storyteller in February of 2016 and we just couldn’t do life without her.

  Lydia Stuemke , Producer’s Apprentice  Lydia recently returned to the midwest after six years in Hawaii and Colorado with the US Army. Already an accomplished family photographer, Lydia’s talent and interest in documentary film and video lead her to Storyteller in November, 2018. Lydia doesn’t do coffee, but lives on chai tea lattes. She’s also an FAA commercially-licensed drone pilot and a mean uke player.

Lydia Stuemke, Producer’s Apprentice

Lydia recently returned to the midwest after six years in Hawaii and Colorado with the US Army. Already an accomplished family photographer, Lydia’s talent and interest in documentary film and video lead her to Storyteller in November, 2018. Lydia doesn’t do coffee, but lives on chai tea lattes. She’s also an FAA commercially-licensed drone pilot and a mean uke player.

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