Instructors’ Biography

Mr. Christopher M. Post

Chris Post is a staff photojournalist at WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pennsylvania. A former firefighter and emergency medical technician of over 20 years, Chris transitioned to the field of journalism in 2009 picking up the camera he always loved since learning analog photography in the 1980’s.

Chris has blended his former occupation into his new career and specializes in covering breaking news, working in remote locations and disaster sites. Chris formerly worked with the United States Antarctic Program as the Captain of Fire Rescue at McMurdo Station, Antarctica and as a prehospital EMS provider in the Philadelphia region.

Having a deep understanding of the dynamics of emergency services and situational awareness has given Chris and edge when covering media rich events where police, fire and ambulance personnel might be hesitant of press interaction. Chris is the national chairperson of the Safety & Security Committee for the National Press Photographers Association.

Chris is also a subject matter expert teaching courses in disaster management, emergency medical care and media relations for several state agencies and FEMA. Chris also teaches a course to journalists on domestic hostile environment first aid and safety. Chris is a local emergency management coordinator in Pennsylvania and formerly a communications specialist on a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team.

Chris has worked as a safety adviser for major motion picture and television network projects. Chris has a BS in Emergency Disaster Management and is a FAA certified sUAV Pilot.

Mr. Stephen Cook

Steve is a highly experienced safety and security professional – he has a degree in Risk & Security Management. He has worked in a variety of sectors since leaving government service in 2002: energy, communications, television production and international newsgathering. His career portfolio includes service in the British Military and the British Police.

He has considerable experience in location and logistical management including; TV field production in the documentary and reality formats; often working in remote locations and harsh environments. He is practiced in pre-deployment planning, devising implementing operating and emergency procedures, crisis management and contingency planning. Recently he has covered the major breaking news stories in the Middle East, North African and Central Asia for CNN and NBC, FOX NEWS, ABC NEWS and NEWS international. He a skilled project manager and has established news bureau’s for the TV networks in environmental disaster and conflict zones. He is accustomed to starting from basics.

Steve has also covered international sporting events such as the soccer world cup.
His career portfolio has given him a formidable depth of experience working in countries with harsh climatic conditions, environmental disaster and conflict zones. He is culturally aware and an accomplished and competent negotiator, fixer with considerable business acumen.

Steve trains & advises government, media and corporate organisations in risk mitigation, cultural awareness, personal and residential security, hostage situations and medical skills including basic life support.

Steve also holds Television Production Safety Passport, BBC’s Safe Management of productions qualification and is a member of the Chartered Institute of journalists.