• StoryUP CEO Sarah Hill.Photo courtesy of Sarah Hill
    StoryUP CEO Sarah Hill.Photo courtesy of Sarah Hill

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Digital storyteller and former TV anchor and reporter Sarah Hill will present at the 2018 FilmFest 4-H, July 29-Aug. 1 in Columbia.

Hill is a veteran of the interactive media industry and a pioneer in the field of digital storytelling, says University of Missouri Extension state 4-H youth specialist Bradd Anderson, who co-produces the youth film festival.

Hill’s career includes almost 20 years as a news anchor and reporter for CBS and NBC affiliates, 11 years as adjunct faculty for the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and three years as chief storyteller for Veterans United Network.

She entered the field of virtual reality (VR) when looking for solution for terminally ill vets not able to physically travel. Hill and partners founded StoryUP, which uses VR and other technologies to create therapeutic experiences. One example is Healium, a tech-enabled stress management tool that allows users to affect their own states of mind in an immersive VR experience through a low-profile brain-computer interface.

Hill was won national Edward R. Murrow and Sigma Delta Chi awards, as well as 12 Mid-America Emmy Awards. She is also a 4-H alum.

Now in its eighth year, FilmFest 4-H brings youth together to learn from working professionals in the television and film industry. For more information, visit