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Professional Organizations

  • Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • American Counseling Association Student Member
  • Louisiana Counseling Association Student Member

Awards

  • Society of Professional Journalists, Washington Blade news feature, 2007
  • Catholic Press Association, Clarion Herald feature article, 2005
  • Catholic Press Association, Clarion Herald feature article, 1997

Summary

Experienced professional seeks full-time employment that will utilize my written and interpersonal communication strengths. Skills include writing, editing, interviewing, Word, PowerPoint InDesign and PageMaker.

Writing Portfolio

Work experience

Nov 2007Jul 2009

Staff Writer

National Association of Counties
  • Researched and reported on issues of importance to county governments across the United States for the National Association of Counties. 
  • Developed feature articles aimed at making county government issues and programs easily understood by the general public and county officials. 
May 2006Oct 2007

News Reporter

Washington Blade
  •  Wrote three articles a week, juggling as many as 15 interviews via phone and email in order to produce articles by deadline. 
  • Eclectic professional writing background resulted in unprecedented access to interviews with ultra conservative religious and political leaders, as well as LGBT policy makers and national figures.
  • Specialized in writing articles about Virginia politics, theology, psychology, and transgender issues. Received a Society of Professional Journalists award for a feature on transgender individuals and religion. 
Nov 1994Sep 2005

Youth Editor

The Clarion Herald

  • Covered 24 Catholic high schools, writing and photographing hundreds of news and feature articles on youth, including two that won Catholic Press Association awards. 
  • Led the production of Youth Ink, an annual pullout section written by and for adolescents in the archdiocese that won several Catholic Press Association awards. 
Jan 1992Oct 1994

News Editor

The Monitor
  • Wrote general assignment articles and obituaries for weekly four-county Catholic newspaper
  • Promoted to news editor position after one year as staff writer.
  • Generated story ideas and assigned them to writers and photographers.

Education

Aug 2009Jan 2011

University of New Orleans

Graduate counseling courses in community mental health: counseling techniques, group work, crisis intervention, ethics, multicultural, human services (clinical diagnosis), practicum.

GPA: 3.8

Skills

Interviewing
Interviews have ranged from children to elderly, individuals to classrooms full of children, conservative religious and political leaders to free-thinking theologians. Returning to graduate school helped me to refine my interviewing and writing skills.
Writing