Hanson Hosein is the Director of the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington in Seattle. He’s also an award-winning journalist and filmmaker and the host of Media Space – a monthly UWTV series that features interviews with leading media and technology visionaries. He specializes in storytelling, social media strategies and business models of communication. His pioneering focus earned him Seattle Magazine’s “Most Influential” in fall 2010.
His film, Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop was an early exercise in the use of digital technology in storytelling and an ongoing interaction with an audience. Self-produced and self-financed, the award-winning documentary has been broadcast internationally, and airs regularly on the Sundance Channel in the United States. Perhaps more importantly, grassroots groups across America continue to screen the film as a tool to promote local economies. Hanson’s latest film,Independent America: Rising from Ruins focuses on how small business helped resurrect New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, despite ruinous city policies favoring big box stores.
Through his company, HRH Media Inc., Hanson helps advise organizations and companies how to communicate effectively and directly by building relationships through storytelling and social media platforms.
Hanson won Emmy and Overseas Press Club awards for his NBC News coverage “The Fall of Kosovo.” He was NBC’s Middle East Producer and MSNBC.com correspondent from 1997 to 2001. Prior to that served as an investigative producer at “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.”
Hanson serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Science Center, and is on the Advisory Boards of The Common Language Project, UWTV, Puget Sound Off and the Bachelor of Technology and Design program at Lake Washington Technology College. He’s an affiliate member of the Jackson School’s Middle East Center as well as the Evans School of Public Affairs. He has an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and law degrees from Montreal’s McGill University and the University of Paris.