Resume

Education

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y., May 2011
M.S. in journalism, print concentration with coursework in editing, photojournalism and education reporting

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y., May 2007
B.A. in liberal arts, literature and creative writing concentrations with coursework in history and philosophy

Chipola College, Marianna, Fla., May 2005
A.A. in communications, Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today All-USA Academic Team, student newspaper editor

Experience

The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, N.C.
Staff writer, Oct. 2013- present

  • Member of the public life team, covering healthcare, poverty and other community issues in the city of Fayetteville and Cumberland County

The Anniston Star, Anniston, Ala.
Staff writer, Apr. 2012- Oct. 2013

  • Covered the city of Anniston, including local government and public education
  • Focused on issues such as crime prevention, historical preservation, downtown revitalization, efforts to promote ecotourism, development of the Army’s former Fort McClellan and challenges facing a diminished Democratic Party
  • Previously covered Jacksonville State University and higher education issues such as hazing, cuts to Pell grants, changes to student healthcare, and city zoning changes aimed at students.

Columbia Journalism Review, New York, N.Y.
Contributor, Aug. 2011-Nov. 2012

  • Wrote profiles of digital media outlets for CJR’s online News Frontier Database

HomeTown Media Group, Port Chester, N.Y.
Associate Editor, Jan. 2012-Apr. 2012

  • Edited copy and page proofs and worked with junior reporters to develop stories

Reporter/Photographer, Dec. 2007-Apr. 2012

  • Covered state and local government and public education in suburban Westchester County
  • Wrote in-depth on flood mitigation, immigration, land use, ethics reform, state and local elections
  • Shot photos to accompany stories and occasional photo essays

Webmaster, 2008-2012

  • Built and maintained the first individual websites for the company’s five newspapers
  • Created social media accounts for newspapers and reporters and integrated feeds into websites

Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Assistant web editor, Oct.-Dec. 2007

  • Maintained MSG.com and team websites for the Rangers and Knicks
  • Edited game photos and video of post-game interviews for website
  • Edited posts written by MSG personalities for the Game On! blog

Awards /Affiliations

  • Peter Keller Award for Editing, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, 2011
  • Best Art Photo, New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest (Div. 3), 2010
  • Best News Story, 2nd place, New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest (Div. 3), 2010
  • Society of Professional Journalists, member since June 2009

 Skills

  • Photojournalism / Multimedia production — Photo essays, audio slideshows, and editing in Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Audacity, Adobe Bridge and Photo Mechanic
  • Web design — Experience building sites with Joomla! and Word Press; knowledge of HTML and CSS
 

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