AJ Chavar
Chief Innovation Officer

Currently based in Syracuse, NY, I am visual and interactive journalist with a background in photography, video, print and web design. Most recently I finished an internship for The Star-Ledger as a videographer, but I also gained experience at The Washington Post as a multimedia intern, and at SKI Magazine as a photo editing intern. I am available for contracts in any nature of work, from advertising to editorial to documentary.

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Big Sky Country

Photo by: AJ Chavar

Well, we made it nearly all the way through Montana yesterday, which is saying something. They call it Big Sky Country, but everything else is on a large scale too; the mountains, the grasslands, the people and of course the state itself, which has been our longest drive across a single state yet.

We have another 300 miles and change to go, most of it being Washington, but we first need to exit Montana and cruise through the Idaho panhandle. After days averaging 500-600 miles, and yesterday's super stretch of 700 miles, this last leg will be a piece of cake (knock on wood!).

The Badlands

Photo by: AJ Chavar

On Tuesday we made our first scenic stop, in the Badlands, South Dakota. Needless to say, they were absolutely gorgeous. The scenic loop me drove on brought us a few miles out of the way, but we all agreed it was worth it to see natural beauty like this.

1,033 Miles in: ...

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Well, we made it through three states yesterday, and partway into a fourth. We racked up a total of 1,033 miles, with 1,285 (about) to go. Looks like another two solid days on the road. Once again, follow me live on twitter to hear all about the trials and tribulations of a News21 roadtrip.

500 Miles Down, ...

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After driving about nine hours yesterday from Syracuse to Toledo, we spent the night at a Hampton Inn off of Rt. 90. We've been on 90 for about 700 miles so far, and most of the rest of the trip will be on 90 as well.

So far in our cross-country jaunt we've seen Hell's Angel's Bikers, speeding church vans, and ridiculous 90-degree turns on the interstate (Cleveland apparently likes to make sure you're awake).

We don't have a definite destination for tonight, but we know we'll be getting through Indiana, and hopefully hitting Chicago around lunchtime.