Hi! I'm Trace, YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD...
I'm an award-winning science communicator, video producer, content creator, podcaster and curiosity explorer.
I developed YouTube’s first daily science show, DNews (today known as Seeker) which has earned more than one billion views. I’ve created several million-or-more subscriber channels, and produced, hosted and consulted for some of the largest educational channels online today.
My passion for storytelling helped me grow in the digital space, garnering thousands of followers and fans around the globe. I've spent the better part of a decade perfecting my ability to engage, inspire, excite and intrigue, and as a prolific writer and energetic presenter, I strive to inspire everyone to seek knowledge and share it with others.
To that end, I also create a small curiosity-quenching channel Uno Dos of Trace on the side, while I write, host, consult, and produce for hire!
Throughout the last several years, I've sifted through reams of information on topics in physics, biology, psychology, history, technology, politics, engineering, and futurism for clients large and small. I've interviewed astronauts, engineers, physicists, researchers, biologists, and the best minds in their fields, and crafted thousands of stories watched by millions.
In this type of storytelling, every day is different, because our universe is awesome.
Over the last decade, I've hosted, written, and consulted for numerous digital and television programs. I’ve developed political and world affairs content for NowThis World (formerly SeekerDaily/TestTube News), a hugely successful video and audio podcast Science Plus. My most critical success are the science education Facebook and YouTube channels for Seeker. Now, a decade into the projects they have millions upon millions of subscribers each, and impact audiences around the globe.
I’ve also created and produced specific award-winning and critically successful episodes for various shows. I launched a 360-degree camera on a weather balloon to the stratosphere (which won a Webby), hit up the Arctic Circle to investigate a vault of seeds buried in a frozen mountain, was lucky enough to fly in an F-18 (in which I absolutely threw up), co-hosted episodes with President Obama during White House Science Week (and visited the White House for a few of the science fairs), explored the depths of the largest particle accelerator on Earth, and tried not to touch anything in a factory that creates extremely rare antimatter.
I've also created traditional television content, like Science Channel presents DNews worked with blue chip advertisers (like Boeing and Toyota) and spoken on stages big and small… always with a huge nerd-fueled smile, and visible passion.
TL;DR: Videos I've produced, written, and hosted have been shown in classrooms and on television channels around the world. They’ve won awards, caught the eye of President Obama, and inspired young people to start careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
I can pitch, write, edit, shoot, conceptualize visuals, work with teams, and use past data to help find the best path to success.
If your business needs help getting it's YouTube strategy off the ground, I'm your man.
I wrote over 500,000 words for Seeker, and hundreds of thousands more for their other channels.
Stories I've created have appeared in the New York Times, Vice, Huffington Post and elsewhere. My hosting and writing has showcased on Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Hyper, Devour, Virgin America’s in-air entertainment, and more. I can create content for stage, screen, professional or general audiences. I've conducted a Masterclass at VidCon on creating audience, and regularly speak at conferences about digital media, audience creation, writing for digital audiences, and more light-hearted talks… like why spicy food would affect our bum at all!
I’ve worked with traditional advertisers like Boeing, Toyota, the U.S. Air Force, Kay Jewelers and Harry's, as well as digital-first groups like Dollar Shave Club, Blue Apron, Domain.com, SquareSpace, Graze, Hello Fresh, StarTalk, Bombas, and others.
I have an M.A. in Strategic Communication from American University, and have written press releases, crafted brochures, and pitched journalists. I have both PR and journalism thinking caps, have worked on Capitol Hill, interned in state government, and worked extensively in the private sector for non-profit, public, private companies.
Western Michigan U.,
M.A. Strategic Comm.
I have literally written well over 1,000 episodes of Seeker (formerly DNews), DNews Plus, and others.
This episode spoke to a new study that was released regarding planets around a star called Trappist-1. The planets had been discovered previously, and the media immediately claimed it was "time to move!" We looked to see if that was possible. (Spoiler: It's not).
On October 22nd, 2015, DNews put on a live show at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. We sold hundreds of tickets and had a line around the block. And this was a brand that didn't even exist three years prior.
I was flabbergasted.
This is the full 90-minute show.
In 2016, I worked with a crew to create videos for Boeing. We created videos in-studio, as well as in the field at the largest airshow in the UK, and Boeing HQ in Seattle.
This video was inspired by conversations I had with Boeing engineers regarding the psychology behind the design of airplane cabins.