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Former journalist turned visual anthropologist using my camera to document coffee and body modification. 

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About Chris LeClere

Chris started his career in 1995 as a part-time production assistant at WJCT in Jacksonville, Florida. After spending two years learning everything from how to run studio cameras to punching telecasts and shooting field remotes he was hired full time as a tape editor and photographer at Jacksonville's NBC station, WTLV.

In 1999 Chris moved to Columbia, South Carolina where he worked as a photographer and assignment editor at WLTX-TV before being hired as the Assignment Manager at the ABC affiliated WOLO-TV. In Columbia he covered several major events including the lowering of the Confederate Flag off the South Carolina State House and the raising of the HL Hunley in Charleston. Chris also enterprised several popular series pieces like Midlands Cops which highlighted real police officers as they worked their beats. In addition to all of his work behind the camera Chris spent a lot of time in front of the microphone as an announcer at several of the local radio stations. 

In 2001, Chris took over the assignment desk at WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh. While working in Pittsburgh Chris quickly moved away from the desk and focused more on field producing where some of his bigger assignments included the September 11th terrorist attacks in Shanksville and the Quecreek mine rescue. He also worked part-time as the weekend morning anchor for the news radio station, WBUT-AM / WLER-FM.

In 2005, Chris accepted a position as National Producer for NBC's affiliate feed service, News Channel based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this role, Chris wrote, edited, and voiced stories for the network and affiliate stations across the world. He also field produced coverage for international stories including Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York City and the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh.

Chris graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds an MPhil in Ethnographic Documentary from the University of Manchester's prestigious Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology

After graduating Chris spent a year teaching Cultural Anthropology at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. He is currently working toward a PhD in Cultural Anthropology with an interdisciplinary focus on Mass Communications at the University of Florida

His areas of interest include: Visual Anthropology, the Anthropology of Food, Coffee Production and Consumption, Neuroaesthetics, Globalization, and the Media. 

Chris is a board member of Friends of the Corazon Cinema, and an active volunteer with the St. Augustine Film Festival and Mayport Cats. His professional affiliations include the National Press Photographers Association, Pop Culture Association, Southeastern Conference of Art Colleges, Alpha Lambda Anthropology Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society, and the American Anthropological Association.

He can be reached at christopherleclere@gmail.com