Work History

Work History

Other Professional Experience
  • Crime reporter for The Miami Herald.
  • Editorial advisor for the student newspaper at Florida International University.
  • Editorial assistant and writer for TWA Ambassador, Trans World Airlines in-flight magazine.
  • Yoga teacher at F.U.N. Yoga Studio, Palm Valley Country Club, and Indian Ridge Country Club.
  • Proofreader for Yoga Vidya, the newsletter for the Southern California Iyengar yoga community.
Aug 2014 - Nov 2015

Senior Technical Advisor

Ibex Global

Help customers resolve technical issues for their mobile devices on behalf of a non-disclosed client.

Oct 2013 - Present

The Daily Herald

Stephens Media

Co-produce a daily newspaper. Edit stories, write headlines and cutlines, process art, create and design layout. Publish web content and post to social media.

Mar 2013 - Oct 2013

Writer

Commonwealth Journal

Report, write and edit stories related to health, family and education. 

2003 - 2009

Senior Writer, Marketing & Communications

University of California, Riverside

UCR Extension is the continuing education division of University of California, Riverside, Enrolls approximately 30,000 students in approximately 1,800 university-approved courses.

  • Promoted UCR Extension.
  • Created, designed, wrote, edited, produced, and circulated news releases, feature articles, public service announcements, brochures, fliers, newsletters, catalogs, and promotional copy for print and digital media. Executed public relations plans.
  • Coordinated, organized, and hosted public events.
  • Collaborated with marketing staff, the dean, department directors, and program coordinators.

Key accomplishments                                   

  • Created, managed, and produced UCR Extension's first digital newsletter, @UCRExtension, which enhanced the institution's reputation, increased enrollment, and reduced advertising costs.
  • Researched and wrote award-winning nominations for Dean John F. Azzaretto, who won a Spirit of Excellence award for community leadership, and the Certificate of Forensic Nursing Program, which won Best Credit Program in the West Region from UCEA.
  • Turned lemons into a national upbeat news feature when a cat got trapped for four days behind a wall at Extension. Working with Extension's top administrators, local officials, and local media, Extension was able to report that the distressed cat ultimately found safe haven with an employee. The story circulated nationwide. See http://insideucr.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/display.cgi?id=772.
Jan 2002 - Jul 2002

Public Information Officer

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians is the tribal government that represents and rules over the tribe.

  • Served as the liaison between the tribal government and media, United States government, and local cities in Coachella Valley.
  • Edited and produced the tribe's newsletter, The Cabazon Circle.
  • Created and managed content for the tribe's Web site.
  • Assisted U.S. government officials and entertainers at public events and private tours.

Key accomplishments

  • Co-created the re-design of the tribal government's Web site.
  • Lobbied senators and representatives in Washington D.C., including Rep. Patrick Kennedy, about the preservation of the Salton Sea and other issues pertinent to the tribe.
Jan 2000 - Mar 2000

County Reporter

The Desert Sun

Covered Riverside County with emphasis on issues that affected Coachella Valley. Gained deep access covering the arrest and arraignment of actor of Robert Downey Jr., who was charged and ultimately convicted of possession of crack cocaine

1997 - 2000

Crime Reporter

The Daily Bulletin

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, owned by the Los Angeles News Group, distributes 78, 873 editions to 18 cities in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

  • Covered crime in 18 cities and the counties of San Bernardino and Los Angeles.
  • Covered local government in Chino and Chino Hills.
  • Wrote features and in-depth investigative stories.

Key accomplishments

  • Broke the story about Jackie Robles being under the influence of methamphetamine. The young Upland mother was passed out when her 2-year-old and 18-month-old daughters were struck and killed by a Metrolink train. The Society of Professional Journalists honored my series of stories for best continuous coverage.
  • Transformed a standard obituary into an award-winning investigative feature about a Berkeley honors student and heroin addict who fatally overdosed despite attempts by his father - a drug recognition expert - to save him.
  • Reported and wrote an investigative series about the recovery of a San Bernardino County coroner who was accidentally shot in the forearm by her ex-husband, a police officer. The story detailed the resulting police investigation and the coronor's physical, emotional, and professional struggles.
1994 - 1996

Contributing Editor

Interactive Publishing Alert

Interactive Publishing Alert was a monthly online newsletter tracking developments in interactive publishing and electronic media. Subscribers included The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Miami Herald.

Analyzed and critiqued Web sites based on content, architecture, navigability, readability, graphic design, and gimmickry. Covered major media outlets who were establishing a presence online, including ZDNet, Hearst, and AOL.

Key accomplishments

  • Earned co-author title for a book written by Publisher Rosalind Resnick, which included my reviews.

Certifications

Certifications
Dec 2007 - Present

Certified Introductory Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States

Education

Education
Jun 2007 - Present

Iyengar Yoga

Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute

Spent one month in India taking yoga classes from Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, the son and daughter of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. Observed Mr. Iyengar's personal yoga practice. Practiced yoga four hours a day, six days a week.

1991 - 1992

Florida International University

Studied Shakespeare's histories, comedies and tragedies.

Jun 1980 - Jul 1980

Northwestern University

One of 90 students accepted to the journalism program of the National High School Institute.

Skills

Skills

Management/Leadership

Teaching

Creative

Social Media

Active member on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Superpoke Pets, and YoVille.

Vocus and Cision (Media Relations Tracking software)

Photography

Photoshop

InDesign

Quark

Microsoft Office

Layout & Design (online and print)

Reporting and Research

Editing

Writing