Resume

EXPERIENCE

STATEWIDE BUZZ REPORTER, MLive Media Group, Lansing, Mich. — March 2013 thru May 2015.

  • Reports news with text, photos and video, as well as innovative story forms such as interactive databases, maps and slideshows.
  • Managed social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Helps coordinate statewide news coverage with 10 offices across Michigan, including a year-long project honoring living World War II veterans.
  • Writes several stories a day on a wide range of topics, including Michigan’s Congressional delegation, elections, food, and breaking news.
  • Takes professional photos and videos while reporting, which are picked up in state and national publications.
  • Traveled around Michigan and helped organize a series searching for the best pizzadoughnuts and craft breweries, resulting in statewide interest in winners.

POLITICAL REPORTER, MLive Media Group, Kalamazoo, Mich. — Feb. 2012 thru March 2013.

  • Contributed to producing election coverage for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District and Kalamazoo County.
  • Wrote analysis of local politics and elections in Southwest Michigan.
  • Broke political news picked up by national publications.
  • Provided breaking news across different mediums.

MULTIMEDIA REPORTER, Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, Mich. — Jan. 2010 thru Feb. 2012

  • Took and edited photos, produced videos and wrote stories on breaking news as well as feature projects.
  • Aggregated web articles from different media sources that are relevant to the local audience.
  • Added web-only content for other reporters’ stories.
  • Managed the website early in the morning, delivering content during peak viewing periods.

SKILLS

  • Writes well and accurately under deadline.
  • Able to quickly learn new technologies and programs to implement in projects.
  • Shoots and produces photos and video, remotely and in real time.
  • Comes up with new ways of telling stories and conveying information.
  • Manages several social media accounts, including tailoring  content for pages, scheduling posts and interacting with readers.
  • Proficient in data analysis and creating searchable databases with public records.
  • Knowledgeable of web-based content providers and social networking mediums.
  • Can find, edit and manipulate large amounts of data for presentation.
  • Competent in:

AWARDS

Wade H. McCree Jr. Award for the Advancement of Justice from the State Bar of Michigan for a series analyzing the decline in the number of police officers and how it effects crime.

EDUCATION

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.

  • Majors: Latin, History
  • Minor: Creative Writing
  • Recipient of:
    • Elizabeth Giedman Award in Classics, April 2009
    • Dean’s Scholarship, 2006-2010
    • Kalamazoo Scholars Recognition Award, 2006-2010

COLLEGE ACTIVITIES AND INTERNSHIPS

  • Intern, Kalamazoo Gazette
  • Intern, Jackson Citizen Patriot
  • News editor, Western Herald
  • Radio host, WIDR