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Skills

  • Experienced in creating multimedia, including audio and video slide shows.
  • Basic understanding of HTML.
  • Experienced in posting content to Web sites
  • Proficient in Adobe Design Suite, Soundslides, Audacity and Garage Band.
  • Experience with federal and state open records laws.

Honors/Awards

  • Regional finalist, Society of Professional Journalists 2006 Mark of Excellence Awards for Breaking News Reporting.
  • National finalist , SPJ 2007 Mark of Excellence Awards for In-depth Reporting. 
  • National finalist, 2008 Hearst Journalism Awards for Profile Writing.
  • Seventh place, 2009 Hearst Journalism Awards for Spot News
  • recipient of the SU Founders Scholarship and the SU Remembrance Scholarship, which honors the 35 SU students lost on Pan Am 103.
  • recipient of the 2009 Henry J. Wolff prize for Newhouse senior deemed most proficient in journalism.
  • recipient of the Randy Wicks First Amendment Scholarship.
  • member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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About Me

Rumor has it my university's chancellor once called me a muckraker.

I am drawn to journalism's ability to bring about change and keep business and government officials honest.

My career goals also stem from an innate curiosity -- the love of observing and connecting with people.

Throughout my time as a student and professional journalist, I have been curious and open-minded about how journalism is changing while not forgetting the fundamentals. I tend to view the industry's evolution with optimism about all of the opportunities it brings.

Work experience

May 2009Present

Glendale City Hall reporter

Los Angeles Times Community News
  • Covers all aspects of Glendale City Hall for the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Canada Valley Sun and the Los Angeles Times. With a population of about 200,000, Glendale is the third largest city in Los Angeles County.
  • Reports on La Crescenta, an unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County, including county government, the local town council and two local water districts.
  • Meets two daily deadlines and contributes to news blog "The 818 Now."
  • Writes detailed explanatory and investigative pieces.
  • Reports on regional breaking news including the 2009 Station fire and its aftermath, the 2010 La Canada mudslides that damaged dozens of homes and a Glendale resident who faked her kidnapping.
Aug 2008May 2009

website moderator

Democracywise
  • As student assistant to professor Charlotte Grimes, Knight Chair in Political Reporting, principal duties included updating, maintaining and editing for Democracywise, a multimedia news website, Democracywise. 
  • The website is a special project of the Knight Chair that features candidate bios, basic voting information and student work on local and national politics.
  • Also worked as a Democracywise reporter during a fall 2007 political reporting class. Covered Tom Buckel's local County Legislature campaign from September through Election Day.
Aug 2005Mar 2009

assorted positions

The Daily Orange
  • Worked as staff writer, assistant copy editor, assistant news editor, news editor and special projects editor for the publication, the daily independent student newspaper at Syracuse University.
  • Had 170 bylines, including coverage of Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts's on campus speech, campus coverage of the 2008 presidential election and a series of investigative pieces on a failing academic integrity policy.
  • Aggressively covered the university administration with articles on the renewal of Chancellor Nancy Cantor's contract before a required review of faculty and student opinions, the mysterious firing of key administrators and the forced retirement of a longtime administrative dean in lieu of signing a confidentiality agreement.
  • As special projects editor, organized campus coverage of the 2008 presidential election.
Jun 2008Aug 2008

reporting intern

The Orange County Register
  • Reported breaking news, enterprise and feature stories as beat writer for cities of Garden Grove and Westminster, cities with populations of and 174,000 and 88,000 respectively.
Jun 2007Aug 2007

intern business reporter

The Washington Times
  • Placed in internship through Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University, which included evening classes in media ethics and economics.
  • Wrote daily and enterprise business news stories and weekly profiles of local business leaders.
May 2006Aug 2006

reporting intern

The Signal
  • Worked as general assignment reporter.
  • Filed weekly crime logs.

Education

Aug 2005May 2009

bachelor of arts

Syracuse University
  • Was dually enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
  • Graduated summa cum laude.
  • One of seven Class of 2009 Newhouse Scholars,a designation which honors academic and journalistic excellence.
  • Completed a senior Distinction in History thesis titled "Election 2008: A Perfect Storm for Millenials," which focused on the the intersection of the Millennial Generation, the 2008 election and the new media use throughout the campaign.