Kelsy Simmons

I graduated with my BA from BYU-Hawaii in IDS New Media Journalism and Digital Humanities. 

My 4 years as a video journalist have taken me to record the stories of former ISIS rebels in the Philippines, Hong Kong medical workers during 2020 Corona Virus protests, cultural protectors at the base of the sacred Mauna Kea mountain in Hawaii, and so much more. 

I may not agree with every story I hear but I believe everyone deserves to be heard and understood. The stories we hear and tell expand our world and build us into better human beings. I want to use my skills to make documentaries that help people empathize with each other. 


"Stories are a communal currency of humanity." -Tahir Shah


Work Experience

Ke Alaka'i News Center- Head Videographer

Rice Up- Multi Media Specialist

Finite Water- BTS videographer

January 2019 - September 2019

July 2019 - August 2019

August  2017 - December 2018

  • Documented activity in ISIS conflict areas of Paquibato for RiceUp Philippines.

  • Conducted interviews with former ISIS rebels and local farmers in their native language.

  • Designed original content for newsletters, presentations and social media platforms.

  • Attended and captured media in Davau city government meetings.


  • BTS editor for the internationally award winning film Finite Water

  • Conducted interviews of Director