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Jeff Hertrick

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Jeff has been a Senior Video Producer with National Geographic for over 10 years. He manages day-to-day operation of National Geographic's online video player and writes, produces and narrates videos. A video news journalist for more than 25 years, his previous experience includes Senior Producer for Discovery Science Channel, Executive Producer for a regional cable news channel, and News Director, News Anchor, Producer and Reporter for several local network affiliates in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Washington, DC and West Virginia.

4 Videos: Threatened Birds Face Polar Bears, Poop-Sniffing Reporters

The ultimate “canaries in the coal mine,” these threatened birds are giving researchers clues to the kind of world we could lose if climate change ranges unchecked. Watch as these feathered dynamos strut, dance, and sway.

Best and Worst Animal Fathers

Just in time for Father’s Day, check out our roundup of most and least doting animal dads.

The Stunning Tornado Videos of Storm Chaser Tim Samaras, Who Has Died

Storm chaser Tim Samaras was killed Friday doing what he loved: chasing tornadoes. He and his son Paul perished in the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado along with frequent partner on storm chasing adventures, photographer Carl Young. Samaras had a long relationship with National Geographic, providing some of our most memorable videos of storms. A week…

Best and Worst Animal Mothers

Best and Worst? Mother’s Day is generally reserved for honoring our mothers, wives, and even grandmothers. But since we are National Geographic, why not take some time to honor animal mothers who excel at raising their young? And while we’re at it, why not point out other animal mothers who could use some coaching to do…

Avalanche Safety Videos Explore Risk on the Mountain

After this weekend’s fatal avalanche accident in Colorado, National Geographic News explored avalanche safety tips. We embedded an avalanche video with that article, but we found more great videos on this topic, so we are embedding them below. Like weather and the chance for a thunderstorm, the probability of avalanches can be predicted. In the…

How to Build Your Own Hovercraft, in Answer to “Bubba’s Hover”

Professional golfer Bubba Watson recently grabbed a lot of attention with the April Fools’ week publication of a video showing him using a hovercraft golf cart to tool around the links. Now we have a video on how to make your own hovercraft. Jonny Philips and Richard Ambrose, hosts of National Geographic Channel U.K.’s I…

Endangered “Demon Primate” Genome Sequenced

According to local legends in Madagascar, the aye-aye lemur is a demon that can kill just by pointing a finger. That sounds mythical, but for insects inside tree trunks, there is truth to the killing part. The nocturnal aye-aye uses its multipurpose middle finger to tap forest wood in search of its meals (see above…

Looking Inside the Vatican as Cardinals Prepare to Pick Next Pope

As Catholic cardinals prepare to convene on Tuesday for the conclave to pick the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, we’re highlighting parts of Inside the Vatican, a special that National Geographic Television produced for PBS during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, Benedict’s predecessor. The special’s crew was granted unusual access to the Vatican,…

Best Videos From Meteor Strike in Russia

Friday’s meteor strike over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia allowed dashboard cams and people with hand-held cameras to capture some fascinating moments. Here are some of the best ones. The above video captures the sounds of glass breaking and car alarms set off by the meteor’s shock wave. (News Article: Meteorite Fragments Injure a Thousand…

Our 6 Favorite Videos From Northeast Blizzard

The Northeast United States’ historic weekend snowfall produced major headaches—knocking out power, cancelling school and work— but it also made for some wonderful video (not to mention great sledding). Lots of folks found ways to put Mother Nature’s fury into a lighter perspective (See blizzard photos from our readers). Here are our favorite videos: 1.…