Hal Goodtree is a publisher, filmmaker and photographer.
Hal worked for 20+ years as an advertising producer for Benton & Bowles, Digitas, the National Football League. He has worked with James Earl Jones, Cindy Crawford, Barbara Feldon and legendary documentarian Albert Maysles.
He continues to make films including the 2014 television documentary “Because No One Else Would” which earned a #1 rating in Prime Time in its premier on CBS affiliate WRAL.
Hal’s work in film and television has been honored with awards including a commercial Emmy for Sportschannel and the NY Mets, a Lion at the Cannes Ad Festival for an anti-smoking PSA and Best Short Documentary at the 2015 Longleaf Film Festival. His professional papers (1984-2004) are part of the John W. Hartman Collection at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library. https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/goodtreehal/
As a photographer, Hal brings a documentary style to food, people, cities and communities. He teaches Night Photography and Smartphone Filmmaking at Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
He is also the publisher of CaryCitizen.com. Established in 2009, CaryCitizen is one of the largest and most successful hyperlocal blogs in the United States. CaryCitizen reaches an audience of around 100,000 readers per month.
Chester has served on Town of Cary’s Festivals Committee, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, and currently serves on the Cultural Arts Committee as liaison to Koka Booth Amphitheater. She is also a Board Member of the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce and three-time honoree as Ambassador of the Year.
Chester is a 2012 recipient of a Knight Foundation New Media Fellowship.