Resume

Work Experience

>> Research Director & Data Journalist | 2015 – present
Dig deep into business data to find, report and investigate compelling local news, as well as analyze data to make action-driving recommendations about editorial content. Manage multiple, concurrent projects independently, and collaborate with reporters to bring context to issues with analysis of public data. Work closely with the editor-in-chief and creative director to develop strategic print and online data presentations using CMS, Infogr.am, Maps4News, Tableau, Excel, SQL and Google Fusion Tables. Notable projects include tracking Amazon’s industrial footprint across the U.S.; the gentrification of Seattle’s neighborhoods as a result of development and skyrocketing housing prices; and a dearth of funding opportunities facing women-owned and women-founded companies. Work with publisher, editors and advertising team to create annual editorial calendar, and am the point-person to 10,000+ companies and nonprofits about editorial opportunities. I conduct surveys and research for 90+ data reports which become PSBJ’s annual Book of Lists. I assist in writing event speeches and marketing materials for PSBJ, and volunteer to contribute on other projects, tasks and events as needed.
– Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle

>> Staff Writer | 2008 – 2015
Produce an average of five daily articles and Sunday enterprise reports each week for daily print newspapers and online publications. Use Microsoft Excel and SQL to analyze data and state and federal public information laws to obtain records. Edit and proofread according to AP Style, meet deadlines, develop strong organizational and prioritization skills. Collaborate with other reporters, editors and design team to plan and design content. Collaborate with photo staff to shoot and produce videos using Final Cut Pro and iMovie. Build source network and goodwill in community by volunteering at various events. Manage multiple, concurrent projects.
– Victoria Advocate, Victoria, TX | 2012 – 2015 (promoted to Senior Reporter after first year.)
– Discover Victoria Magazine, Victoria, TX | 2012 – 2015
– Get Out, Video News for Victoria Advocate | 2012 – 2014
– Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, TX | 2010 – 2011
– North Texas Daily, Denton, TX | 2008 – 2009 (promoted to Senior Reporter after first year.) 

>> Freelance Copywriter | 2011 – Present
Write and produce news and advertising content for daily print and online publications, meet tight deadlines, copy edit content using AP Style and develop strong lines of communications with editors. Use Excel and SQL to analyze data for reports on gentrification and development (Seattle Globalist); travel for event coverage (Kitsap Sun); network, build sources and identify story proposals (UHV).
– The Seattle Globalist, Seattle
– The Herald Business Journal, Everett, WA
– Everett Daily Herald, Everett, WA
– Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA
– Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WA
– University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, TX
– Dallas Observer, Dallas, TX

>> Internships | 2006 – 2009
Write, produce and edit news and advertising content for online and print publications. Major projects include reporting on the 50-year anniversary of a school district’s federally-forced integration, report on a high-profile kidnapping in Dallas; writing a grant proposal for sustainable energy projects at the University of North Texas. Plan events; organize, develop and design marketing strategies; conduct client outreach.
– Reporting Internships:
Dallas Observer, Dallas, TX | 2009
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX | 2009
Longview News-Journal, Longview, TX | 2009
– Communications Internships:
NX35 Music & Arts Conferette, Denton, TX | 2008 – 2009
UNT Office of Sustainability Denton, TX | 2009 – 2010
Rogers Publishing and Consulting, Denton, TX | 2006 – 2008

Awards & Recognitions

2017: Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi for Public Service Journalism (team award)
2016: Society of Professional Journalists – Western Washington Pro chapter, First place business reporting. Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Contest, First place team effort
2015: Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Contest, Third place star investigative report of the year, third place community service; Local Media Association Editorial Contest, Third place team investigative reporting; Investigative Reporters and Editors fellowship, Database analysis workshop at University of Missouri
2014: Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, First place star breaking news report of the year, first place star online package of the year, first place community service, first place deadline writing, third place team effort, honorable mention freedom of information and honorable mention for star investigative report of the year; Local Media Association Editorial Contest, First place best breaking news story
2013 Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, Star online package, breaking news, team effort and deadline reporting

Education

Bachelor of Arts, News & Editorial Writing
Mayborn School of Journalism
University of North Texas | Denton, Texas

Study Abroad
Patagonia, Chile, 2007
Semester abroad studying Sub-Antarctic biocultural conservation

Volunteerism

Tibetan Nuns Project
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Ballard Jazz Walk
Former Board Member of the Tyler-Smith County League of Women Voters

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