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The Miami Herald

May 2005Present

Investigative Reporter/previous: enterprise/assistant city editor

  • Worked as an enterprise editor, breaking news editor, general assignment reporter and member of the investigative team
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to journalism's changing technologies, including content-management systems, storytelling and audience engagement tools, such as Facebook and Twitter
  • As a member of the I-Team, used strong research and writing skills in both short- and long-term watchdog stories; developed a wide network of sources to uncover wrongdoing, abuse of power, mismanagement and malfeasance to write high-impact stories that right wrongs and bring to justice those who commit them.
  • Exposed corruption, inmate abuse and suspicious deaths in the Florida prison system, the third-largest in the nation. The three-year, award-winning project led to an overhaul of the agency, including the resignations of the secretary and inspector general, the firings and arrests of corrections officers, millions of dollars in reforms and sweeping changes in the treatment of mentally ill, disabled and female prisoners. (http://hrld.us/cruel-and-unusual and http://media.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/2015/beyond-punishment/)
  • Worked collaboratively with reporters, photographers, videographers and online staffers in developing stories with multimedia content, including photo essays, video, radio, interactive web pages and mini documentaries
  • Engaged in social media platforms to promote my work and the work of colleagues, encouraging discussion and debate on racial issues, politics, policing and criminal justice reform
  • Appeared on local and national radio and television shows as a commentator on topics such as law enforcement, prison reform, racial profiling and unsolved crimes
  • Fluent in the science of readership and engagement, including how to use analytics, such as page views, time on site and referral sources to help stories resonate with audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortably in a job that is fast-paced, data-driven and often shaped by feedback and evolving experimentation

Philadelphia Daily News

May 1996May 2005

Night City Editor/Reporter

  • As night city editor, responsible for supervising the evening news operation, night staff writers, all city desk copy and breaking news stories
  • Formerly worked as a news reporter, specializing in breaking news, crime and investigative reporting
  • Wrote a series of stories about an epidemic of Hepatitis C infections among Philadelphia firefighters. The stories led to mandatory national testing among public safety workers 
  • Covered the plane crash involving John F. Kennedy Jr. and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

Senior Staff Writer

  • Covered education, breaking news and investigative stories for award-winning suburban Philadelphia newspaper

Bethlehem Globe-Times

19881990

Staff Writer

  • Police Reporter for Bethlehem, PA daily newspaper

National Public Radio

19861986

Intern, Washington, DC

  • Worked for Morning Edition as an intern while in college

awards

American Association of Justice 

The Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award 2017

For my efforts in exposing civil rights abuses in the Florida prison system

Long Island University

George Polk Award for Justice Reporting 2014

Co-winner with the New York Times,

for "Cruel and Unusual," a series of stories that led to overhaul of Florida Prisons

Atlantic City Press Association

National Headliners Award

Best of Show 2014

Investigative Reporting 2014

RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights

Robert F. Kennedy Award for Justice Reporting

Won Story of the Year 2014 (Best of Show)

Won first place in the domestic print category for a series of stories that led to reform of Florida Prisons

Florida Society of Newspaper Editors

Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism

2015 for "Cruel and Unusual"

Florida Society of Professional Journalists

Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting

2015 for "Cruel and Unusual"

2013 for Best Beat Reporting

ACLU of Florida

Gene Miller Voice of Freedom Award 2015

For stories on the Florida prison system

Submitted for Pulitzer Prize

1989, 1991, 1993, 2009, 2014, 2015

Society of Professional Journalists, Greater PhiladelphiaChapter 

First Place, Breaking News 1995, 1990, 1989

Best Public Service, 1991

Education

Temple University

19841987

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Minor: Political Science

GPA: 3.8 Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Member of the National Journalism Honors Society

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Portfolio

other professional

Harvard University, 2015 Guest Speaker for symposium on Criminal Justice Reform

Panelist IRE convention 2015