Ken Harper

Ken Harper
Assistant Professor

Ken Harper started his professional career as a designer at Sun Publications in Chicago. Harper went on to join the features design staff at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, where he began his transition to new media design. Harper decided on a digital vagabond lifestyle, traveling around the country by motorcycle, designing on a freelance basis through his own company, He has worked as a multimedia designer and producer for, New York Life, Bausch & Lomb and various non-profit organizations including the United Nations, and Aidchild. Harper served as an interactive producer and designer at in Denver, Colorado, before becoming an Assistant Professor of Visual and Interactive Communications at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

His central area of interest is in Liberia media and the support of the Liberian Press through the Newhouse School project, Election Liberia . This project hopes to assist the professional press corps in fulfilling their watchdog role in the 2011 election cycle through on the ground training and technical assistance.

Ken now lives in Cazenovia, New York with his wife Dara and their 2 children, Rio and Amelie.

Professional Projects

Homemade Projects

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Photo by Juliette Lynch

Three months have passed since we posted our stories and folded up the tents. We've gotten a lot of great feedback and some good exposure, and we thank everyone who took the time to click on our work.

We've all moved on to other things now – internships, jobs, finishing up degrees and starting toward new ones. As our time in the woods of Washington fades into memory, though, it's hard to forget the personal stories we heard from the men and women who have served our country.

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Our site goes live early August, with in-depth stories, photo galleries and slideshows, videos and interactive graphics. Our team of 10 journalists from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications embedded for a month and a half here in rural, northeastern Washington state, a spot rich in military service to our country. It was a living lab, a place to explore an important question: How have wars past and present changed lives — forever?

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All of us with our K Diamond K friends!

Well, last week we packed up and moved out of the K Diamond K bunkhouse, where we had been living for nearly seven weeks. 

Now we're back in Syracuse, working in a windowless, fluorescent-lit room in Newhouse. Don't get me wrong, the computer labs at the university are fantastic, but nothing compares to working in a window-filled room surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscapes.

Capturing the land

Ken Harper shoots a forest road at dusk. Photo by David Miller

Today is our last full day in the woods of Washington state.  In thinking about how much I'll miss this beautiful place, I'm happy that we've spent so much of the last week really appreciating our surroundings. In creating our piece about the land, no seemingly impossible scenario or shot idea has stopped us from getting some beautiful footage.

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