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Derek R.

Overland Park, KS, USA

$150 - $500 / Day

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Top Services

  • Video Editor - News

  • Reporter / Journalist

  • Video Editor - Commercial



  • DSLR or equivalent


  • Wireless lavalier mic

About Derek

I graduated from Washburn University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in mass media with an emphasis in contemporary journalism and a minor in history. While at Washburn, I served in various capacities for the Washburn Review, including as a writer and managing editor where I led the team to produce our weekly printed edition, ensuring deadlines were met and quality was maintained. Around the same time, I started writing for SpaceFlight Insider and eventually served as its managing editor where I helped grow the website's traffic from under 120K to roughly 300K monthly viewers. I am currently creating content about the International Space Station and Artemis Moon program for Orbital Velocity. While I started my professional journey as a writer, Orbital Velocity is pushing me to acquire all sorts of new skills, including video editing, graphic design, visual storytelling, animation, and so much more!

Top Projects

  • Back-to-back launches: Falcon 9 and Atlas V fly 34 hours apart!

    • Video Editor - News

    During the first full week of August 2019, the 45th Space Wing and the Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida demonstrated the ability to support two rocket launches in rapid succession. For my part, I worked with the SpaceFlight Insider visual team lead, Michael Howard, to produce a highlights video about the event.

  • Welcome to Orbital Velocity, a human spaceflight odyssey!

    • Video Editor - Commercial

    This is a trailer for Orbital Velocity's YouTube channel. It was produced fully by me, including the animation and motion graphics.

  • Space Bulletin | Starlink satellites and Lunar Gateway contracts

    • Reporter / Journalist

    This is one of 10 Space Bulletin news reels I did for SpaceFlight Insider in the Spring of 2019. I wrote, produced and edited the full video series. This particular video covered SpaceX's first Starlink launch, the contracting of NASA's Power and Propulsion Element for the Lunar Gateway, a Chinese rocket failure, Virgin Orbit's hotfire test and Mars 2020 rover testing.

All Services


  • Fixer
  • Copy Editor
  • Copywriter

Production Support

  • Production Assistant
  • Reporter / Journalist


  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Video Editor - Commercial
  • Video Editor - News

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