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Michelle Cassel is a video journalist for the Naples Daily News and produces video content for, covering all platforms of multimedia storytelling. She has produced a number of videos, covering everything from breaking news to in-depth documentaries, most notably her 2007 Webby Award Honoree-winning documentary "Invasion of Our Lifetime," a documentary in which World War II veterans gave firsthand accounts of their experiences while on the front lines of the D-Day invasion.

Prior to her professional career, Cassel graduated cum laude in 2005 from the Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on visual journalism. There, she fell in love with implementing video, audio and still images into single multimedia packages. Michelle was the recipient of the Departmental Award from Brooks for her excellence in visual journalism, and graduated top-ten in her class.

While attending Brooks, Michelle worked as a stock footage shooter for DVArchive and produced a number of short documentaries, one of which plays continuously at the Ty Warner Sea Center in Santa Barbara, Calif. She also spent five months working abroad in Southeast Asia producing a number of documentaries, covering topics which included prostitution and the illegal wildlife trade.

After she graduated from Brooks, Michelle worked as a production assistant for Interface Media Group in Washington, D.C., where she assisted in the studio, on location and in the editing suite on documentaries and commercials for clients such as Discovery, National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, The National Gallery of Art and PBS. She also co-produced a weekly talk show, "Q&A Café" for

In her spare time, Michelle loves to surf, snowboard, bike and hang out with her cat, Fuzz. She is also an advanced scuba diver and a certified Wildland Firefighter. Although there is no snow or surf in Naples, kayaking is an adequate alternative.


Position History

  • Visual Journalist
    02/05/2007 - 09/05/2008

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