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Oct 2009Present

Detroit Reporter/Producer

Michigan Radio/WUOM
    • Cover breaking and ongoing news stories in and around the city of Detroit
    • Monitor daily news and formulate ideas for in-depth feature stories.
    • Produce and voice spot news and feature-length stories.
    • Record, edit and mix sound elements.
    • Attend press conferences, court hearings and other news events to interview newsmakers.
    • Occasional contributor of spot and feature-length news for NPR (Morning Edition and All Things Considered) American Public Media (Marketplace), The Environment Report.
    • Upload stories and other content (sound files, pictures, and relevant story links) to Michigan Radio website.
    • Report, blog and provide other content for Michigan Radio's evolving, multi-platform digital news network, "The River." Trained with NPR's online division to upgrade content and presentation.

I cover everything in and around the city of Detroit. Here are just a few work samples, including a blog post:

Aug 2008Sep 2009


Detroit Public Radio/WDET
  • Cover breaking and spot news for WDET.
  • Automotive beat reporter during GM and Chrysler bailout/bankruptcies.
  • Environmental beat reporter.
  • Regular contributor to NPR news broadcasts.
  • Occasional contributor of feature-length news for NPR (Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Day to Day).
  • Provided commentary and news analysis on WDET local news magazine Detroit Today and for the BBC.
  • Participated in on-air pledge drives.
Oct 2007Jul 2008

Intern/Weinberg Fellow

Food System Economic Partnership
  • Prepared grant proposals for philanthropic and public sector support.
  • Helped develop an online local food production mapping tool and database (
  • Updated and managed FSEP website.
  • Wrote, edited and assembled FSEP quarterly newsletter.
  • Provided support for FSEP 2008 annual conference.
  • Conducted research, wrote reports, and other project support.
Jun 2007Jun 2008

Research Assistant

Dr. Rebecca Hardin, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Worked with Dr. Hardin to produce scholarly papers for publication.
  • Wrote and edited academic grant proposals.
  • Collaborated on scholarly article about bushmeat, conservation and food security in south-central Africa (accepted by Duke University press for publication in Socioemergence: Cultural Economies and Historical Ecologies of Viral Disease in Tropical Forests).
  • Wrote, edited and researched for documentary film about conservation history and inequality in Africa and Southeast Asia (in collaboration with Interlock Media, Boston).


Sep 2006Apr 2008


University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Multidisciplinary coursework focused on environmental policy, governance, environmental justice. Major research topics included:
    • CAFOs and impacts of industrial agriculture.
    • Agricultural impacts on water quality, water conservation, and federal water policy.
    • Bushmeat hunting and conservation/livelihood strategies in West Africa.
  • Co-host/co-creator of “It’s Hot in Here,” an environmentally-themed weekly news/talk show on WCBN student radio.
Sep 1999Jun 2003


Kalamazoo College
  • Focus on International Relations and International Political Economy.
  • Concentration in Religion and Women’s Studies.
  • Significant project/coursework in Spanish and Creative Writing.

Foreign Study at Universidad de Benito Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico (January-April 2002)

  • Coursework in Spanish language, Mexican history and government.
  • Completed Spanish-language research project and report on the impact of migration on rural Oaxacan villages.


Rebecca Hardin

Jerome Vaughn

Vincent Duffy

Awards and Recognition

  • Spanish language competitive scholarship, Kalamazoo College (1999)
  • Honors earned on Senior Individualized Project in short fiction (2003)
  • Schneider award for best creative writing by a non-English major (2003)
  • Weinberg Fellowship for professional development with FSEP, University of Michigan (2008)
  • Best Hard News, "Shrinking Detroit" (with Sarah Hulett and Dustin Dwyer), Michigan Associated Press (2010).
  • Honorable Mention for Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting (“Union Organizing Votes”), Michigan Associated Press (2008)
  • Merit Award for Best Mini-Documentary or Series, "Shrinking Detroit" (with Sarah Hulett and Dustin Dwyer), Michigan Association of Broadcasters (2010).
  • First Place, General News, "Shrinking Detroit" (with Sarah Hulett and Dustin Dwyer), Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (2010).
  • First Place, Features Reporting, "Muslims in Michigan (with Sarah Hulett, Dustin Dwyer, and Jennifer Guerra), Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (2010).
  • Great Waters Institute Fellow, Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources (2009).