I am a journalist with extensive experience as a reporter, editor and newsroom manager with a track record for building an audience online. In recent years, I've focused on data storytelling on national politics, business, demographics and foreign affairs.
Edited this wealth gap analysis that was covered by the New York Times, Bloomberg, WSJ, Washington Post and several other publications.
Edited unique analysis of how Congress's actual work has been declining. Covered by New York Times, Vox, many others.
For the first time, Pew used FOIA request to break this news about the sharp rise in young girls crossing the U.S. border.
There's lots of data and history in this one chart, but careful editing allows a simple story to come through.
This simple chart shows how the racial divide in America remains all too real.
Worked with researchers to conceive of visual storytelling format to explain America's partisan divide.
Conceived of new ways to tell stories using visuals, video and audio. Instead of flat graphics and heavy text, these new forms take advantage of digital platform to tell data-driven stories. (Click title to see original content.)
This unique data essay uses motion graphics to tell the story of how America will be demographically different by the year 2060.
Data gifs can tell a story quickly. In this case, we showed how the U.S.'s source of immigrants has changed over time.
With small team and basic video equipment, we created Pew's first videos to share findings using narration and basic visuals.
“Every major news organization should have something like Pew’s Fact Tank. It’s on a mission, it’s built for sharing, and it’s an efficient way to get two pieces of content from one bit of work.”
--Joshua Benton, Director of Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.
I launched and currently edit Fact Tank, Pew Research Center's data journalism blog, which has quickly developed a following among the world's top journalists, global public policy makers, researchers and politicians. The blog delivers on the organization's key strategy to engage and build a direct digital audience across the U.S. and in key foreign countries. In the one year+ since launch, the blog has grown Pew Research Center's traffic by more than 60 percent. Posts are regularly reblogged by The New York Times's Upshot data blog, Vox Media and Nate Silver's 538, among others.
I oversee the organization's branded social media accounts and digital strategy, and our social audience has tripled during my tenure. I manage an editorial team of writers, editors and web producers that creates digital content based on the Center's data findings.
Oversaw daily operation and digital news strategy for The Washington Post, including mobile news alerts, national homepage and promotion of multimedia special projects, working with all aspects of the newsroom. Worked on daily basis with reporters and editors on breaking news stories and led daily front-page news meeting with digital news planning report. Coordinated photo, video and social media teams within the newsroom to execute competitive news strategy during peak web traffic hours. Digital audience expanded by 20 percent during tenure, after four years of flat performance.
Worked with search-engine optimization and social media teams to plan news coverage and expand audience. Managed news partnerships with Yahoo!, ABC News and AOL.com, among others.
Supervised digital producers. Served on video steering committee charged with growing video views on website, resulting in double-digit year-over-year growth.
Launched and edited economic blog "Economy Watch" in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008, enabling The Post's financial news team to stay on top of rapid developments. Coordinated news planning with reporters and editors for daily Business print edition and website.
Served as national aviation security and safety reporter after terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Wrote accountability articles on the federal government’s efforts to prevent another airline attack and exposed vulnerabilities in front-page articles that drew national attention and resulted in inspector general investigations. Flew with undercover air marshals and attended training with first group of airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit. Wrote investigative stories about the FAA's safety lapses.
Appeared as on-air expert guest on MSNBC, National Public Radio, “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” C-Span, and local television and radio stations.
Covered transportation, tourism, technology and legal issues for The Wall Street Journal New England, a regional edition. Regularly scooped local competitors on major economic development projects, such as Boston’s new runway at Logan International Airport and a $700 million convention center.
Wide distribution starts with engaging, brand-appropriate content. This blog post reached more than 1.6 million unique visitors, the most popular page Pew has published to date. Visits were largely driven by social media.
Increased use of visuals, such as Twitter cards, to improve visibility of content on social media and on blog.
Developed more outward-facing strategy for staff experts to engage with readers about the content we create, such as this reddit AMA.
At The Washington Post, I was frequently interviewed about subjects I covered as a reporter and editor. Radio intern at Minnesota Public Radio.
I believe in a diverse work environment, and I use my networks to recruit and hire qualified talent.
Speaker, Knight Digital Media Center
Charlotte, N.C., October 2014. "Media Spaces Where People Live...and How to Connect With Them."
Speaker, Knight Digital Media Center/Scripps Workshop for News Editors
Oxnard, Calif., 2013.
Keynote Speaker, Knight Digital Media Center Workshop for Community Foundations. New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012.
Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University, 2011
Featured Speaker, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Univ. of Maryland
College Park, Md., 2011.
Ethics and Standards Committee, The Washington Post
Member of newsroom leadership group charged with developing updated guidelines for publishing digital content, 2011.
Featured Speaker, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, West Va. Univ.
Morgantown, W.Va. "Newsroom 2.0: New Skills for New Careers," March 2010.
Top 30 Under 30 Journalism Award, NewsBios Recognized as one of the nation's top business journalists under age 30, 2003.