Resume

EXPERIENCE

SpaceNews • Washington, D.C.
Senior reporter • January 2016 – present || Reporter • January 2013 – January 2016

Cover Air Force and Missile Defense Agency programs, which account for more than $22 billion in the federal budget. Track all space-related Congressional politics.

The Virginian-Pilot • Norfolk, Va.
Columnist • January 2007 – January 2013 || Reporter • April 2003 – December 2006

As a columnist: Imaginative, idea-generating machine. Wrote a popular, light-hearted column for the features pages three days a week. Go-to staffer for brainstorming sessions. Regularly proofread pages. Served on committees that re-shaped the sports, features and business sections. Regularly requested public speaker for schools and neighborhood groups. Appeared in online videos. Told stories about people unlikely to appear in the newspaper. Discovered memorable trends in everyday places. Used alternative story forms. Former Washington Post Magazine Editor Tom Shroder served as my writing coach for one year.

AWARDS:
• Society for Features Journalism: general commentary, second place (2013) and honorable mention (2011).
• Virginia Press Association: column writing, first place (2011) and third place (2010).
• Newsroom recognition: outstanding features portfolio, second place (2012) and honorable mention (2009); outstanding sports writing portfolio, second place (2010) and honorable mention (2011).

As a reporter: Covered three beats, including the state’s second largest school system, in three years. Also covered the General Assembly during two legislative sessions. Regularly used FOIA and CAR skills in reporting. Wrote an award-winning narrative on the first black students to integrate Norfolk schools.

The Journal Gazette • Fort Wayne, Ind.
Reporter • August 1999 – April 2003

Lead education reporter. Also covered city and county government and assisted on General Assembly coverage. Spent eight months on a special projects desk. Won six awards from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists and Hoosier State Press Association in best education coverage, best coverage of children’s issues, best deadline reporting, best short feature and best criminal justice reporting.

FREELANCE
Publications include: Runner’s World, Bethesda Magazine, The New York Times, AARP Bulletin, Arlington Magazine, Hampton Roads Magazine, Distinction, Complete Woman, Mary-Kate & Ashley.

DIGITAL
Programming skills in PHP, MySQL, and HTML. Versatile with ArcView mapping software, Access and Excel.

EDUCATION
Miami University, Bachelor of Arts. May 1999.

Named the class’ most outstanding journalist as a junior and senior; won three writing contests from the Mid-American Conference News Media Association. Served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. Completed internships with The Toledo Blade, The Chicago Tribune and Cleveland.com.

Additional coursework at Old Dominion University, fall 2008.