Resume

EXPERIENCE

June 2010-present
CNN.com, Atlanta, Ga.
Producer:
Report, write and plan multimedia and social content for CNN.com. Edit stories and curate section pages, deciding how and where stories will be promoted. Guide advance planning and coordinate content for CNN.com/Living, CNN.com/Entertainment and CNN.com/Travel. Manage social media accounts including CNN Living’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts.

Guided launch of CNN.com’s In America blog and  Schools of Thought blog. Part of 2011 CNN.com Hackathon-winning team that led to launch of CNN Radio’s Soundwaves blog.

Some of my work:

* A written and video history of a school’s first racially integrated prom
* An analysis of when teachers become heroes
* An old story with a fresh angle: A race through TSA
* An award-winning profile of an undecided Millennial voter before 2012 election
* A little interview with Insane Clown Posse
* A story with great Karma: A girl, the Internet and her Pontiac Fiero
* My most-read story ever: The tale of a bullied Star Wars fan
* A story assigned my first day on the job: One county’s fight after the Gulf Coast oil spill
* A few of my personal favorites: An interview with Norton Juster, a look at a country’s corporal punishment ban, a Travel story about my beloved Detroit, a heartbreaking, hopeful look at girls going from prison cells to stage

March 2008-May 2010
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
, Atlanta, Ga. (Circ. 275,000 daily, 465,000 Sunday)
Blogger: In July, 2009, joined the digital department to launch a see-and-do blog, Inside Access on AccessAtlanta.com, the entertainment portal site of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Posted an average of 20 times per week with regular features, breaking news, critiques and inside looks at events around the metro area. Used social media tools to report and share news and guide readers. Shot photos for print and online galleries. Scripted, narrated and shot videos. Helped to design and implement newsroom strategies for social media and digital storytelling.
Features Reporter: Pitched and wrote features, enterprise and breaking news for AJC.com and print. Managed and created content for The Newcomer and breaking news blogs. Scripted, narrated and appeared on-camera for AJC.com videos.

January 2005-March 2008
Lexington Herald-Leader
, Lexington, Ky. (Circ. 117,000 daily, 147,000 Sunday)
Culture Writer, Blogger: Covered and reviewed trends, TV, music, radio and visual arts. Wrote column and EPpy-nominated daily culture blog, It’s All About. Reported, photographed and blogged in Iraq in 2007-08 and in post-Katrina New Orleans for the McClatchy chain. Produced multimedia projects with audio and video. Coached Teen Board. Helped to conceptualize and create new print features and LexGo.com.

June 2004-December 2004
The Dallas Morning News
, Dallas, Texas (Circ. 477,000 daily, 656,000 Sunday)
Features Intern: Covered health, trends, media and music for daily pages, weekly sections and Page One.
Business intern: Wrote general assignment stories for daily section, weekly technology section and Page One, including earnings, trends, profiles and breaking news; freelanced stories after internship.

August 2002-May 2004
Detroit Free Press
, Lansing Bureau, Detroit, Mich. (Circ. 371,000 daily, 683,000 Sunday)
Editorial Assistant: Covered higher education, state politics and breaking news, including elections, courts and 2003 riots at Michigan State University. Worked downtown night cops during school breaks. Wrote Hearst Award-winning in-depth on prison personal ads and stories for Community Free Press.

January 2004-May 2004
Capital News Service
, East Lansing, Mich. (26-paper distribution)
Correspondent: Covered state government, localizing stories for Petoskey, Mich. and South Bend, Ind. papers.

June 2003-August 2003
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
, Atlanta, Ga. (Circ. 397,000 daily, 610,000 Sunday)
Features Intern: Covered entertainment and lifestyles for daily living and metro sections, consumer section, AJC.com and weekly entertainment tab, AccessAtlanta; freelanced stories after internship.

May 2002-August 2002
Lansing State Journal
, Lansing, Mich. (Circ. 71,000 daily 90,500 Sunday)
Metro Intern: Covered local government, schools and police beats; volunteered for features and editorial work.

August 2000-May 2004
The State News
, East Lansing, Mich. (Circ. 28,500 daily)
Reporter, Desk Editor, Copy Editor: Covered police, university administration and city government; wrote Hearst Award-winning environmental series about development on South Fox Island; traveled to New York in 2001 to write and photograph award-winning series about impact of 9/11 terrorist attacks. Edited daily sections and Page One.

EDUCATION

Goucher College, Baltimore, Md.
•    Graduated in August 2010 with Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction.
•    Wrote 170-page manuscript about of social effect of cars and roads on Atlanta, as witnessed through personal experience.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
•    Graduated with honors in 2004, with Bachelor of Arts in journalism.
•    Earned Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Honors College certifications.
•    Studied abroad in 2004, focusing on urban planning and regional development in Havana, Cuba.

Centurion Risk Assessment Services: Hostile environment and emergency first aid training.

Knight Digital Media Center Seminar at University of California-Berkeley: Basic Web design, multimedia production and online storytelling using Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Audacity, Soundslides.

AWARDS

EPpy Award finalist for best news video (2013), Society for Features Journalism first place for integrated storytelling (2012), Peabody Award for CNN’s BP oil spill coverage (2011), Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference scholarship (2010), American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors Excellence in Feature Writing Contest winner for A&E feature (2008), Kentucky Press Association first place for enterprise/analytical story (2007), Journalism and Women Symposium scholarship (2007), EPpy Award finalist for entertainment blog, It’s All About (2007), MSU School of Journalism Applegate Outstanding Senior Award (2004), Kappa Tau Alpha inductee (2004), Hearst Foundation journalism awards (2001, 2004), Scripps Howard Top 10 Scholar award (2003), Mary Gardner Scholars inductee (2003), State News Alumni Association award (2001-02), PGA of America Journalism Scholarship (2002)