My primary beats were healthcare, higher education and the “Green” industry before it was popular. I was the most prolific reporter on staff writing four to five stories per week, compared with other reporters who wrote two or three stories. When the editor didn’t have enough stories from the staff to fill the paper, he always turned to me to find and write a story, sometimes within a few hours before deadline.
Highlights of Experiences:
- I produced a series of stories over a period of five weeks about emergency departments in Central Ohio often closing its doors to ambulances due to a backlog of patients. This policy created a horrible problem for the ambulances, often having to drive around town to find a hospital that would take their dying patient. The series won an award from a statewide organization and eventually was a story on national news.
- In addition to reporting, I earned credibility in the area by giving presentations at a variety of organizations, including graduate level classes, about trends in the healthcare industry.
- A primary beat included Ohio State University, the largest university in the country. I was responsible for reporting on all aspects of the university that would interest the business community, often breaking news.
- In addition to Ohio State, I also covered many private universities in the area. The stories focused on collaborations and partnerships the university would have with local businesses.
- My beat was health-care and medical research; writing at least three to four stories a week.