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An award-winning multimedia journalist based in Washington whose work has been published in The Washington Post, Slate and Kaiser Health News, and broadcast on NPR, American Public Media and WAMU.

EDUCATION

American UniversityWashingtonM.A. in 2012

Key coursework:

  • Health, Science and Environmental Reporting
  • Online News Production
  • Data-driven Journalism

The University of ArizonaTucson, Ariz.B.A. in 2005

Double Major:

  • Political Science
  • Philosophy

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

CEB, Arlington, Va.     Oct. 2013—Present

News Desk Analyst/Staff Writer

  • I am a blogger at a business research firm producing short, timely blog posts for the firm’s clients on tight daily deadlines. I write two posts every day on topics ranging from corporate finance, developing strategic plans, managing talent and more. I regularly make use of Microsoft Excel, the Bloomberg Terminal and other data analysis and visualization tools for my quick-turnaround posts.
  • I also regularly write longer blog posts that make extensive use of CEB’s proprietary databases as well as insights from CEB’s team of researchers. Topics for these posts have included companies’ reactions to the crisis in Ukraine and differences in innovation levels among workers in different countries.

Freelance Health & Science Journalism, Washington       Jan. 2013—Present

  • I produced audio, print and online stories for National Public Radio, Kaiser Health News, Slate Magazine, the McClatchy wire service and others. My stories were on health and science topics such as genetic privacy policy, pharmaceutical branding and nursing union legislation.
  • I also produced podcasts for the International Monetary Fund in which I interviewed academic experts about economic issues in developing countries.

NPR, Washington       Sep. 2012—Jan. 2013

Science Desk Intern

  • I regularly reported and wrote posts on new scientific research for Shots, NPR’s health care blog. Produced on short deadlines, my posts translated complex scientific and medical concepts into easily understandable language for a lay audience.
  • I also assisted the Science Desk’s senior reporting team in producing radio stories for air on Morning Edition and All Things Considered by conducting research and interviews, verifying facts and ensuring reporters’ written materials complied with NPR style guidelines.
  • Additionally, I helped NPR achieve its social media goals by coordinating the Science Desk’s launch of a series of Twitter chats on health issues in the developing world.

Kaiser Health NewsWashington       May 2012— Sep. 2012

Intern/Web Reporter

  • I reported and researched news stories on health policy topics such as Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act and health IT for The Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, and other KHN partner organizations. For most stories, I initiated the reporting process, drafting pitches on my own and working with my editors to refine them.
  • I also compiled a daily health news aggregation emailed every morning to tens of thousands of KHN subscribers. In addition, I carried out web duties such as uploading and formatting posts for KHN’s healthy policy blog, Capsules.

Investigative Reporting Workshop, Washington       Aug. 2011—May 2012

Graduate Assistant

  • I collaborated with Charles Lewis, American University professor and former 60 Minutes producer, on the manuscript for his soon-to-be released book, “935 Lies,” by editing and fact checking several chapters. I was also was responsible for editing and formatting Lewis’ website, Investigating Power.

WAMU News, Washington       March 2008—Aug. 2011

Transportation Reporter/Blogger

  • I reported daily on-air stories about the D.C. region’s roads, trains and airports under intense deadline pressure. My reporting relied on a network of public and private sector sources I developed at the local, regional and national levels.
  • I also provided weekly in-depth coverage to Metro Connection, WAMU’s local news magazine program. My reporting was honored with a Chesapeake Area Associated Press Broadcasters Award for breaking news coverage.
  • My editors at WAMU assigned me to be the station’s first transportation beat reporter in 2010. I immediately worked to build up my knowledge base in this new subject area and, within a short time, was able to report on this topic with expertise and authority.

 Connection Newspapers, McLean, Va.       Jan. 2007—March 2009

Arlington County Reporter

  • I was the sole reporter covering Arlington County for The Connection. I regularly wrote more than a half a dozen news articles each week on topics ranging from schools to arts to local politics to the environment. My reporting received several awards from the Virginia Press Association.
  • I also collaborated with graphic artists and layout specialists on photography for my news stories and on the stories’ placement in our weekly publication. And I used social media to increase the reach of information to The Connection’s target audience.

 The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Arlington, Va.       July 2006—Jan. 2007

Desk Assistant

  • I organized scripts for the program’s nightly broadcasts and compiled extensive research files on daily deadlines for the program’s on-air hosts and correspondents, including Jim Lehrer, Margaret Warner, Ray Suarez and Gwen Ifill.

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Listening Lounge, Washington       March 2009—Present

  • Member of an organization of radio producers from the Washington-Baltimore region who meet monthly to critique each other’s work and collaborate on audio presentations and workshops.

 Listening Institute, Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, N.C.       Nov. 2009

  • Participated in workshops, lectures and discussions with independent radio producers, Duke faculty members and Third Coast Audio Festival organizers.

Reporter’s Institute, Society of Professional Journalists, St. Petersburg, Fla.       July 2009

  • Received instruction from established broadcast journalists on topics ranging from diversity, ethics and document-driven reporting.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.       Aug. 2005—Dec. 2005

  • Wrote weekly opinion columns on topics ranging from national, local and campus issues.

KAMP Student Radio, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.       Sep. 2003—Dec. 2005

  • Hosted an hour-long weekly news and music program.

 

RECOGNITIONS

John Merriman Award for Study in Broadcast Journalism at American University       2012

Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards       2011

  • First Place: Breaking News Reporting

 Third Coast International Audio Festival       2010

  • Finalist: ShortDocs Challenge

 Virginia Press Association Awards       2009

  • Third Place: Investigative Reporting

Virginia Press Association Awards       2008

  • First Place: Government and Public Safety Writing
  • Second Place: Feature Writing Portfolio

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Advanced Proficiency

  • Marantz PMD 660 — digital audio recorder
  • WordPress — online publishing platform
  • Adobe Audition — digital audio editing software
  • Cockos REAPER — digital audio editing software
  • Google Refine — data analysis tool
  • Microsoft Excel — spreadsheet software

Basic Proficiency

  • Final Cut Pro 7 — digital video editing software
  • SQLite — database manager
  • Socrata — online data visualization platform
  • Adobe Photoshop — digital image editing software

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