Our passion for human story is rooted in empathy and curiosity.

Story is more than a great book or or a tale we share with one another. Story is within us. It is the common thread connecting our human experience. When we look to relate and confide in one another we look to share in story. Stories shape us, inspire us, and evoke the human emotional state that binds us.

Who we are

Steve Hebert - Owner, Director

Steve Hebert took over the helm of Curious Pixel in 2013. His background as a photojournalist and filmmaker has driven Curious Pixel’s focus on human stories. He grew up in Kansas and has reported on a wide range of issues ranging from farming to America’s post 9/11 wars. Hebert has spent over 20 years working professionally for newspapers and magazines including Pro Publica, Time, US News and World Report, Business Week, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. He is one of the only photojournalists to have been granted access to embed with the U.S. Army Green Berets in Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia, and the Philippines. Hebert co-produced an hour-long documentary, Give Me Sight, which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the Oregon International Film Awards. His work has always sought to lift the voices of those not heard and to bring viewers to places they may never go. You can see more of his work at stevehebert.net

Steve Hebert


Greg Sheffer
Director, Cinematographer

Greg Sheffer is the owner and CEO of Inversion, a Kansas City based creative production company. His work converges around an artful blend of form and content. From its inception, INVERSION has used film and video to inspire, transpire, and transform. The intention is always to utilize narrative experience, brains, the right tools, and the right people to create film and video pieces that touch lives. Greg formed Inversion because he had a vision to tell compelling stories through the medium of film. Since then Greg has won many awards including 7 Emmy's for his excellent work. It is about inspiring and transforming people, providing something of substance and culture and above all doing it with integrity and as a community.

Andy Nelson
Director, Photojournalist

Andy Nelson is a photojournalist at The Register-Guard Newspaper in Eugene, Oregon. Previously he was the R.M. Seaton Professional Journalism Chair at Kansas State University where he taught photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. Before that, Nelson was an independent photojournalist and multimedia producer based in Bangkok, Thailand. From 1997 to 2008, he was the Washington, DC-based staff photographer for The Christian Science Monitor. He has covered stories in more than 30 countries, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tsunami recovery efforts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, Kosovo refugee crisis, three U.S. presidential campaigns, the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton and numerous feature stories throughout the United States and worldwide.
His work has always designed to provide storytelling solutions that combine compelling photography and audio. He creates pieces that help the viewer better understand the daily life of people around the world and how organizations are working to improve their condition for a better future. The pieces can be used on a variety of media platforms - television, web and in print.
His work has won awards in the Pictures of the Year competition as well as the White House News Photographers Association annual contest.

Julie Denesha
Photographer, Videographer

Julie Denesha is a freelance documentary photographer based in the Kansas City area. Julie graduated from The University of Kansas in 1993, with degrees in Journalism and Russian Language and Literature. After college, she worked as a staff photographer for The Kansas City Star. In 1995, she moved to Europe and from 1996 to 2004, Julie was based in Prague, Czech Republic, where she covered Central and Eastern Europe for newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, Newsweek, The Economist and The Christian Science Monitor. After moving back to the United States, Julie spent three years working as a photo editor for The Washington Times.
In 2007, Julie was awarded both a Fulbright and a Milena Jesenská Fellowship to continue her ongoing project on the Roma in Slovakia. Her project on the Roma was featured in an exhibit of the Roma at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, The World Bank in Brussels, Belgium, The Half King Gallery in New York, and The Institute For Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria.
You can see her work on KCUR, Flatland KC, and the Blue Sky Gallery.

Todd Feeback
Journalist, Videographer

Todd is a Regional Video Editor for McClatchy, a media company with 30 newsrooms across the United States. He also oversees McClatchy's drone program, which currently has over 40 pilots. Prior to McClatchy he worked as a videographer for Kansas City Public Television and The Kansas City Star where he covered everything from the Joplin tornado to the Chiefs. He also contributed to several long-term award-winning investigative projects; most recently about the beef industry. He’s taught English in Japan, photography on a cruise ship in the Arctic and also worked in Germany as freelance photographer. Based in Kansas City, he utilizes the brutal heat and humidity to grow a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes.

Kevin Mauer
Producer, Journalist, Author

Kevin Maurer is the author of several books, including No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden. No Easy Day spent several weeks at #1 on the New York Times best seller list, and it was the top-selling hardcover book in the industry in 2012. The book is being translated in more than a dozen countries and also debuted at #1 in the U.K. and Canada.
Maurer has covered the military for more than ten years. In 2003, he followed the 82nd Airborne Division during the initial invasion of Iraq. He returned to cover the soldiers more than a dozen times, most recently in 2010 where he spent ten weeks with a Special Forces team in Afghanistan. He has also embedded with American soldiers in east Africa and Haiti.

Tyler Galloway
Graphic Artist

Tyler is a graphic design professor and chair at Kansas City Art Institute. He has taught at KCAI and the University of Kansas, having earned his BFA from Missouri State University and an MGD from North Carolina State University. Tyler is passionate about design for social change and his recent professional work has centered on visual identity and support materials for “Stand Up KC”, Kansas City’s conception of the international low-wage worker movement. Other projects in this area have been included in the 2017 Graphis Poster Annual, Communication Arts magazine, and “The Design of Dissent”. He also participates regularly in the design educators’ community, delivering papers and project presentations at a national and international level.
Tyler is also the founder of the new programme - a design studio focused on facilitating community-based social change through both client-initiated and designer-initiated work. we design progressive, effective, and affordable communications and experiences.

Sarah Hebert
Consulting Creative Director

Sarah is a business leader using human-centered design to transform the way companies build products, craft experiences, and communicate their brand. She has over 20 years of branding, marketing and product design experience. Sarah enjoys growing and leading diverse and impactful teams, cultivating mindsets and tackling big complex challenges. Sarah is currently in charge of the Design Thinking program for Sprint Business. Leveraging strategic customer partnerships to co-innovate the future of human-centered mobile strategies.

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