Kolin Pope
Kolin Pope
Narrative animation for new media.

Hello! I'm Kolin.

I report and produce short animated stories at The Wash­ington Post.

The Race to Save Coffee

Demand for coffee is expected to double by 2050—but the amount of suitable land for growing is projected to decline by half. As diseases like Coffee Leaf Rust tear through Central America, a high-tech version of an age-old technique might offer a solution.

Produced at the Washington Post — Story and Animation by Kolin Pope, Audio Engineering and Original Music by Ted Muldoon, Additional assistance from Tim Meko, Jesse Mesner-Hage, and Martine Powers. Accompanying print story by Caitlin Dewey.


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Upcoming work: Emoji

Delve into the shadowy standards organization that regulates most of the digital written language on the internet, and find out how anyone — yes, anyone — can adopt a new emoji into the global lexicon.

Produced at the Washington Post — Story and Animation by Kolin Pope, Audio Engineering Music by Ted Muldoon, Special thanks to Martine Powers, Daron Taylor, Sarah Hashemi. Based off the reporting experiences of Mark Bramhill during production of the podcast, "Welcome to Macintosh"


Are We Ready for the Next Major Earthquake?

Eventually, the Pacific Northwest will be hit by a major earthquake as tectonic plates buckle under the Cascadia Subduction Zone. What can cities—and people—in the Pacific Northwest do to prepare for an earthquake considered more an eventuality than a possibility?

Produced for NBC News / Mach
Story and Animation by Kolin Pope


Tampa Bay's Coming Storm

The area is due for a major hurricane, and it is not prepared. If a big one scores a direct hit, the damage would likely surpass Katrina.

Produced at the Washington Post — Story by Darryl Fears, Videography by Zoeann Murphy, Animation and Illustration by Kolin Pope, Graphics by Denise Lu, and Design by Danielle Rindler


Fentanyl: The deadly drug haunting America

By 2014, America was in the middle of an opioid crisis. Thousands were dying each year from powerful prescription painkillers and heroin. Then deaths began to skyrocket. Something was being discreetly mixed into heroin — a powder 50 times more powerful than the heroin itself.

Produced at the Washington Post — Story by Katie Zezima, Animation by Kolin Pope, Audio by Ted Muldoon


Sin Luz: Life Without Power

Puerto Rico’s “super blackout,” is the longest and largest major power outage in modern U.S. history. Without electricity, there is no reliable source of clean water. School is out. Health care is fraught. The tasks of daily life are both exhausting and dangerous. There is nothing to do but wait, and no one can say when the lights will come back on.

Produced at the Washington Post — Reporting and Videography by Arelis R. Hernández, Whitney Leaming and Zoeann Murphy; Design and Development by Emily Yount and Seth Blanchard; Graphics by Armand Emamdjomeh and Lauren Tierney; Drone footage and Photogrammetry by Jorge Ribas, Seth Blanchard, Kolin Pope and Hector Santos Guia; Editing by Reem Akkad, Kat Downs and Ann Gerhart; Translation by Arelis R. Hernández and Paula Duran Rehbein; Icons by Joanne Lee and Victoria Fogg


Animated Audiograms

Part podcast and part animation, audiograms are a unique way to package audio-first stories on the web. Using looping animations over the duration of a piece, these audiograms create a framework for stories to travel on social media and other video-first platforms, in a way they would not have been able to when confined only to audio players.

Produced at the Washington Post — Reporting and audio story by Martine Powers, Sound Design and Scoring by Ted Muldoon, Animation and Audiogram by Kolin Pope