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Experience

PHOENIX magazine
Associate Editor, Sept. 2016–Sept. 2018

  • Covered the weird, quirky, kooky, otherwise intriguing goings-on around the Valley of the Sun for Arizona's longest-running, largest city magazine

  • Wrote narrative features, news stories, travel essays and briefs

  • Copy edited monthly print issue, refined freelancer articles, inhabited the role of blog maven for art and culture blogs on phoenixmag.com

  • Led the charge for more deliberate use of social media channels, taking ownership of the official Facebook and Twitter pages to grow readership, clocking in at 14.8K and 88.5K followers, respectively

  • Spearheaded monthly land-use and conservation page

Freelance Reporter
Sept. 2015–present

  • Wrote features for print and online for The Washington Post, The Arizona Republic, Leafly, OZY.com and more

  • Shepherded new contributor collection for AZCentral.com on "Cool Homes," researching, reporting on and photographing architecturally-significant homes in the Phoenix Valley

  • Pitched feature narratives on idiosyncrasies of everyday life and society; popular articles include a day-in-the-life of traveling carnival attendants at the Arizona State Fair, how hate-watching The Bachelor has become a competitive sport and the inexplicable prevalence of, ahem, manhood in pop culture

KJZZ News
Digital Producer, Nov. 2015–Sept. 2016

  • Oversaw website and social media handles for Phoenix, Ariz. National Public Radio member station, formatting audio stories for web consumption

  • Incorporated data visualizations, such as heat maps and quizzes, into web stories

  • Advocated for chance to contribute stories in a reporter role, parlaying my first on-air news brief into a long-form feature on a controversial dolphin exhibit in the desert

The Washington Post
Features Reporter, Summer 2015

  • Pounded the pavement of the brand new (to me) streets of our nation's capital as a general assignment reporter for The Post's Style section, covering profiles, trends and lifestyle, food and pop culture

  • Went below the grandstand at a Washington Nationals game while shadowing the puppet lady who makes the Nats' mascot costumes; stood in line before dawn at the Supreme Court to witness the laws of line standing while the justices ruled on same-sex marriage; hit the campaign trail with a 24-year-old Congressional candidate in Pennsylvania; covered the cult of pool party flirting during D.C. summers

Cronkite News
Reporter, Aug. 2014–May 2015

  • Manned the social issues beat for the Arizona State University Cronkite School’s digital media outlet, covering topics from Arizona's legalization of same-sex marriage to revenge porn to the opioid epidemic

Carnegie-Knight News21
Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Fellow, Summer 2014

  • Pitched and wrote stories about the pro-Second Amendment cohort – specifically female gun owners and entrepreneurs, and a slice of dying Americana in rural Colorado – for Gun Wars, an investigative, in-depth investigation into gun rights and regulations in America

Arizona State University
Graduate Assistant, Aug. 2013–May 2015

  • Formatted the official style guide on reporting on disabilities and issues faced by the disability community for the National Center on Disability and Journalism and organized expert webinars

  • Acted as teaching assistant for undergraduate journalism courses, grading essays and formatting tests

Grand Canyon University
Copywriter, Nov. 2012–Aug. 2013

  • Authored print and online communications for undergraduate colleges and enrollment at the Phoenix campus

Clear Channel Communications
Producer, Jan. 2009–June. 2012

  • Wrote daily news summaries and edited stringer content for radio stations across the country under the 24/7 News Source umbrella

The SAN DIEGAN
Staff Writer, Jan.–July 2008

  • Reviewed restaurants and retail for annual travel book


Education

Arizona State University
Master of Mass Communication, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, May 2015
Outstanding Graduate Student award; Kappa Tau Alpha national honor society

University of San Diego
Bachelor of Arts in English literature, minor in political science, Jan. 2008
Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Blackfriars scholarship, University of Oxford


Other noteworthy stuff

  • Adobe Creative Cloud; CMS, HTML & CSS; Web data visualization; Wikipedia; conversational Spanish; photography: Canon DSLR T3i

  • Lead regular networking cohort as a local chapter of the national Riot Grrls movement to promote companionship, support and mentorship among female journalists working in the Phoenix market

  • Attended 2017 Investigative Reporters & Editors annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona


Awards

Arizona Press Club Awards 2017
Second place: Community and Statewide Short-Form Writing

FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards 2017
Honorable Mention, City & Regional Cover Design, Free PHX, PHOENIX magazine, June 2017

EPPY Awards, Editor & Publisher Magazine 2015
Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Feature, “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona”

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mountain Southwest 2015
Governor’s Award, “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona”

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Regional 2015
Finalist: in-depth reporting, online feature reporting, best use of multimedia; News21 Gun Wars

Bill Muller Memorial Scholarship, Phoenix Press Box Association Scholarship 2014-15
University of San Diego Trustee Scholarship 2004-08
Mayo Foundation Scholarship 2004-08