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Feb 2008Present

Assignment Editor / Web Producer

KEYE TV

  • Conceptualized, designed, & maintain 'Virtual Assignment Desk': www.americanjohn.com/assignmentdesk.html
  • Conduct afternoon editorial meetings, generate original content for newscasts, & pair crews.
  • Regularly complete beat checks, story set-up, fact checking, and story research.
  • Work closely with web producers to quickly move content to station website along with writing content.
  • Coordinate live/satellite arrangements and bookings for field crews.
  • [Contact: Suzanne Black (News Director) 512.490.2199]

    Jun 2004Feb 2008

    Assignment Editor / Web Producer

    WZZM 13 News

             Assignment Editor/Web Producer, WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, MI. [6/04 to 2/08]   

    • Produced news content for station website.
    • HTML editing, FTP Up/Down content, Video editing & encoding, & Webpage creation
    • Set up stories, made beat checks, compiled day sheets, & monitored scanners.
    • Tuned in live shots and coordinated video feeds.
    • Avid i-NEWS Super User (System Administrator), Crispin Automation, Troll System management.
    [Contact: Tim Geraghty (News Director) or Chuck Mikowski (Director of Engineering) 616.559.1405]
    Sep 2000Jun 2004

    Desk Producer / Master Control Operator

    Texas Cable News

           Desk Producer/Master Control Operator, TXCN  Dallas, TX. [9/00-6/04]   

    • Assignments coordinator, Researching & News Gathering from BELO Texas cluster meeting point.
    • Interfaced with KHOU, KVUE, KENS, BELO DC, and WFAA TV.
    • Video distribution/capture, Editing (Clip Edit), server management, archiving and compiling of news stories.
    • Booking , guest coordination, production, camera operator for 'Family Time Show' & 'Monday's With Mattie.'
    • On air digital server management (Louth, Seachange, Flexi-cart).
    • Information ticker monitoring (Angus, Collage).
    • Segmenting and commercial ingestion (Betacam SX, DG systems, Pathfire), commercial production.
    • Routing video sources, 24 hour satellite transmission, commercial zone management.

      [Contact: Steve Ackerman (News Director) or David Boyd (Chief Engineer) 214.977.4511]

    Mar 1999Jun 2000

    Master Control Operator

    ABC 7 - KVIA TV

            Master Control Operator, KVIA-TV El Paso, TX.  [3/99-6/00]       

    • On-air digital server management (Louth, HP On Air).
    • ABC network affiliate operations.
    • Commercial ingestion, routing video sources, FCC monitoring of tower, dubbing.
    • Avid editing, live photographer, live shoot coordinator.

    [Contact: Ozzie Carrillo (Photographer) 915.496.7777 ext. 1549]

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    Education

    May 2002Present

    B/A

    Dallas Baptist University

    I currently have 12 credits remaining to complete my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

    Diplomas and honors

    Training materials

    Certifications

    Newsmaker

    Gannett

    News Manager

    Innergize Digital media
    May 2005Present

    i-News Super User

    Avid
    Jan 2004Present

    Office 2003

    Microsoft
    Jan 2004Present

    Lonestar Chapter

    NATAS
    May 2005May 2006

    Member

    Investigative Reporters and Editors

    YouTube account

    Summary

    I love the vast open space of the Lone Star state. Born in the west Texas town of El Paso, I appreciate the beauty Texas has to offer. I spent some time in Dallas. After living in Michigan for more than three years and working for WZZM 13 News, I am finally home again in Texas.

    My career began at KVIA TV in El Paso. I have learned a lot along the way but I know there is much more to soak up in future travels. I have a passion for storytelling and writing, which has been a part of my life from a very young age. I am working on a bachelor's degree in communications from Dallas Baptist University and currently hold an associate of practical theology from CFNI and a Certificate of Biblical Studies from New Life Bible College.

    I check in daily with Poynter, Online Media Daily, Media Post Publications, The Center for Media Research, NPR, USA Today along with all local media outlets in Austin and across Texas. I am also a current member of the Lonestar chapter of NATAS.

    Objective

    I've been fortunate enough to meet some great people in Austin and look forward to telling the stories this town has to share. There are many stories to tell and my hope is that I can continue to learn in every aspect of what I do and in with whom I interact.