My Story

I love writing human interest features, perhaps because I have been able to appreciate my own bumps in the road so common across human experience. Every person has a story; you just have to find it. I hope to live my life discovering the beauty and wonder of peoples’ stories and sharing them with others. Below is a link to my story, as told by Robert Morris University in 2012.

http://rmublog.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/writing-her-own-success-story/

Education

Education

Work History

Work History
Apr 2012 - Present

Reporter

State College area publications

Works on local features for various publications:

Centre County Gazette, Town& Gown, StateCollege.com, Pennsylvania Business Central/ Marcellus Business Central.

Regular contributor for Town & Gown magazine: assigned to local human-interest features. Interview students and employees at Pennsylvania State University, businessmen in the region, and everyday people in the State College area. Made the January 2014 cover story featuring young musicians and the Nittany Valley Symphony.

Jul 2011 - Present

Staff Writer

AccuWeather, Inc.

Shadow the media team, learning new ways to create more traffic for AccuWeather.com.

Develop strategies to broaden our social media reach.Initiate, write and publish unique and accurate news and lifestyle stories for AccuWeather.com.

·April 2014 ‘AccuTeam’ of the month/ Social Media team; the Social Media team is a cross company group, which discusses AccuWeather’s strategy for Facebook and all of Accuweather’s social media platforms.

Customer Service Specialist:

Provide first line of support to assist in answering informational, limited technical and basic account questions until resolution. Answer, assist directly, and/or route calls and emails to the appropriate area for assistance. Document, through our ticket and email systems, customer concerns to ensure accountability, updates, resolution and history. Proactively conduct customer surveys via email after resolution of the issue to obtain feedback. Call and/or fax specific clients with severe weather information.

Sep 2009 - Dec 2009

Broadcast News Intern

WTAE-TV

Duties include: reporting/interviewing; working with reporters/photographers on shoots; arranging interviews with legislators and community leaders; logging news and some video editing.

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

Promotions Intern

Steel City Media

Assisted with all sales remotes and events, providing on site-support during remotes and events. Wrote station news releases, PSA's, live promotional announcements and work with on-air talent in the studio.

Centre County Gazette

AccuWeather.com

http://www.accuweather.com/en/outdoor-articles/outdoor-living/memorial-day-warmer-for-east-c-1/13096703

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/the-winter-solstice-2011/637255

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/54840/wilkesbarre-flooding.asp?partner=accuweather

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/54360/damage-from-irene-assessed-by.asp

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/best-snow-conditions-across-co-1/58725

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/holidays-christmas-kwanzaa-hannukah/59110

Town & Gown magazine

See article: 'All for Love'

http://issuu.com/robschmidt80/docs/oct_2012_t_g?e=3797381/2836241

See article: 'Ain't it Grand!'

http://issuu.com/robschmidt80/docs/nov_2012_t_g?e=3797381/2895472

See article: 'Populating the Talent Pool'

http://issuu.com/robschmidt80/docs/february_2013?e=3797381/2627050

See article: 'Blueberry Therapy'

http://issuu.com/robschmidt80/docs/july_2013_t_g_fb5b82c426a4b77

See article: 'A New Class Begins'

http://issuu.com/robschmidt80/docs/sept_2013

 See article: 'The Great Pumpkin--And All of Its Possibilities'

http://issuu.com/robschmidt80/docs/october_2013_t_g

See cover story:

'Opening movements'

http://issuu.com/robschmidt80/docs/jan_2014_t_g

See article:

'History Comes to Life'

http://issuu.com/robschmidt80/docs/may_2014_t_g

"Faces of Pittsburgh E-zine"

2010 Pennsylvania Press Conference

Professional References

Chris Morelli

Managing Editor

Centre County Gazette

centrecountygazette@gmail.com

Andrea  Frantz, Ph.D. 

Former Department Head of Communication/ Robert Morris University, Associate Professor of Digital Media/Buena Vista University

Frantz@bvu.edu

Carrie Moniot Former Executive Producer, WPXI-TV Media Management Professor/Robert Morris University

Moniot@rmu.edu

Meghan Evans Digital Content Manager, AccuWeather.com

evansm@accuweather.com

StateCollege.com

Awards:

First Place in:

  • The Heinz Endowments Women’s Health and the Environment Student Media Competition, 2010

(See second page)

http://www.heinz.org/UserFiles/Library/h-SP10-Here_There.pdf

  • Third place in: SCJ News Series category, 2011

http://www.scj.us/contest/contest11.pdf

• JFC Temp Staffing Services, excellence in attendance and performance award for UPS Freight,2008

• Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 2010

• Tau Sigma Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, undergraduate student honor society of the National Communication Association, 2010

•2011 Robert Morris University Woman of Achievement Nominee

•2011 Robert Morris University Professional Focus Award Nominee

• Keynote Speaker, Robert Morris University Lambda Pi Eta Senior Ceremony, 2013

•January 2014 cover story for Town & Gown magazine; reaches more than 100,000 readers

• April 2014 ‘AccuTeam’ of the month/ Social Media team; the Social Media team is a cross company group, which discusses AccuWeather’s strategy for Facebook and all of Accuweather’s social media platforms.

Resume

Lambda Pi Eta Keynote Speaker, 2013

Portfolio

Meet the Candidates Pictures

Portfolio

Skills

Skills

Skills:

Editing Creative Writing Newspapers Public Speaking Web Content Online Research Online Publishing Online Communications Editing for Web Magazine Articles Photography Event Planning Business Writing Journalism News Writing Social Media Magazines Feature Articles Broadcast Journalism