Eric Seals

  • Photo & Video Journalist
  • Detroit, MI

I’m a Photo & Video Journalist. I love to use strong stories, visuals & great characters in my storytelling.

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“If you learn to shoot with your heart, you’ll move people’s souls!”

A good friend & mentor said that to Eric Seals years ago. It’s something he still thinks about working as a Photo & Video Journalist at the Detroit Free Press where he’s been since 1999.

Over the years Eric has covered many events for the Free Press from two Intifadas in Israel/Palestine, 5 months in the war on Iraq & many sports from the Olympics in Rio, Beijing and South Korea to several Super Bowls, World Series & NBA Finals.

In May of 2008 he eagerly embraced video storytelling for
Since then he has done many video stories from human interest & social issues to short documentaries & projects.
His first film “Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past” played at 18 film festivals around the country many of which he attended since October of 2016.

He loves the challenge of bringing a cinematic look, feel & emotion to his video stories while at the same time staying true to the one thing that matters more than anything else…the story, the story, the story!

Eric has been recognized for his video storytelling with a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow award, a national Webby Award, multiple Michigan Press Photographer Association Multimedia Photographer of the Year awards, several POYi awards & nine regional Emmys.

Teaching is a big passion for him. He coaches at various workshops from the NPPA Multimedia Immersion at Syracuse University, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, Missouri Photo Workshop and the Lens Collective at the University of Mississippi. He has also judged & spoke at several national & state contests including the Northern Short Course & the Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism.

Eric embraces the “Reach One, Teach One” philosophy & enjoys mentoring others around the country interested in this amazing profession of ours! 

He’s always there for people to help or answer any questions about photo & video storytelling & he can be reached at or
He can also be found & followed on Twitter/Instagram as @ericseals


Photo & Video Journalist at Detroit Free Press

January 1999 – Present Detroit, MI

I’m a visual storyteller for our newspaper print & online editions of the Detroit Free Press.
Focus on short video stories, long form & documentaries in addition to daily assignments ranging from news, sports, business & features.


Bachelor of Journalism at University of Missouri – Columbia

September 1989 – May 1993 Columbia, MO


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18 film festival screenings “Graveyard of the Great Lakes”, Film Festivals across the U.S.

National Edward R. Murrow Award NYC, Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)

Won for my video story on the Discovery of the Hydrus

Multimedia Photographer of the Year, Michigan Press Photographers Association (MPPA)

Nine regional Emmys, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences