Evelio Contreras picked up his first video camera on the morning of the Virginia Tech shootings and committed himself to telling stories through video ever since that experience. He has spent the past three years working on developing profile pieces and stories about people who have passion for things, from building gingerbread houses to collecting cigar boxes. Born on the border of Texas and Mexico, Contreras studied journalism and philosophy at Northwestern University where he learned about his interest in telling stories about ordinary people. Before coming to the Post as a videojournalist, Contreras worked as a reporter and video producer at The Roanoke Times and Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for News Design.