Resume

PDF resume available upon request. Also, please feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile.

Experience

-Prepare balanced, issue-oriented, analytical reports for a statewide network
-Stay abreast of developments in state politics; maintain contacts on continuing stories to ensure follow-up. Research topic areas, as needed, to provide in‑depth reports
-Act as on-air host of special events programming
-Contribute on a daily basis to WPR.org, and other digital projects

-Pitch and report quick-turnaround daily news, Q&As, features and cover stories, averaging nine stories per week
-Provide coverage of technology and startups, craft beer, music and Madison life
-Produce multimedia content to accompany written work, including photo galleries, audio and video

-Participated in daily news planning meetings to suggest story ideas, help focus story angles
-Pitched and reported pieces for daily newscasts (45, 60 and 90-second spots) and long-form (3 minute, 30 second) features
-Provided coverage of politics, arts, agriculture and the UW-Madison campus community

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Politics Reporter, Medill News Service
March 2014 – June 2014
Washington, DC

-Pitched and reported stories for clients including USA Today, Texas Tribune and McClatchy newspapers

-Provided coverage of Congress and Capitol Hill
-Produced multimedia pieces to accompany written work, including videos, audio slideshows, audio, original photography and graphics

-Pitched original story ideas
-Identified, pre-interviewed and booked sources on tight deadlines
-Pulled and cut audio for pieces
-Conducted research for hosts
-Supported live coverage of State of the Union

Reporter, Medill National Security Journalism Initiative
September 2013 – December 2013
Washington, DC

-Team reported a multimedia investigative project on international food aid published in partnership with USA Today
-Individual reporting focus on commodities, agribusiness and agricultural engineering
-Worked extensively with government contracts and documents

Graduate Intern, Medill Watchdog
April 2013-June 2013
Evanston, IL

-Team reported a story on the Cook County judicial system that was published in partnership with the Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV

-Conducted in-depth reporting on Cook County judges and judicial candidates using Nexis and PACER
-Submitted FOIA requests to relevant agencies
-Organized data in comprehensive spreadsheets
-Wrote memos analyzing and summarizing findings

Assistant Account Executive, Public Communications Inc.
October 2011 – September 2012
Chicago, IL

-Conducted pitching to major market and trade media to secure broadcast, print, radio and online coverage for client projects

-Placement highlights included: Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Today Show’s “Animal Tracks” blog and The Hill
-Drafted media materials, including news releases, media alerts and email pitches
-Developed media lists for client programs using CisionPoint and additional research
-Tracked all client placements in comprehensive media reports
-Conducted research for client projects
-Strategically managed social media (Facebook and Twitter) for clients

James H. Dunn Fellow (Press Assistant), Office of the Illinois Governor
August 2010 – August 2011
Springfield, IL

-Awarded a nationally competitive Dunn Fellowship for 2010-11 to work in the Illinois Governor’s Press Office-Drafted and edited press releases, media alerts, fact sheets and talking points
-Conducted advance work for events
-Conducted media tracking
-Attended press conferences and committee hearings, noting media engagement
-Made media pitch calls
-Attended to reporter inquiries
-Assisted with internal archiving and word processing

Education

Northwestern University
MS, Journalism – Public Affairs Reporting
2012-2014

North Central College
BA, English – Writing
2006-2010

Skills

Familiar with the following software and programs: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office suite, Audio Vault, Nexis, PACER, MTE, WordPress, Tweetdeck, CisionPoint, Critical Mention, basic HTML and CSS

Awards & Honors

Outstanding Senior Woman, North Central College (2010)
-Awarded the highest honor given to a female member of the North Central College Class of 2010

Outstanding Student in the Division of Arts and Letters, North Central College (2010)
-Chosen as the “outstanding student” in the Division of Arts and Letters for the North Central College Class of 2010, chosen from students representing the Art, English, Theatre, Speech Communications, Music, and Modern and Classical Language programs and all of their respective majors

Megan Sweeney Award, North Central College (2010)
-Chosen as the sole 2010 recipient of the award which represents “engagement, sustained effort, intellectual agility and creativity associated with top academic work”

Richter Fellow (2009)
-Recipient of a Richter Grant, a national undergraduate research grant, to study the change in the culture of political satire in America following the election of Barack Obama, including an on-site viewing of “The Daily Show.”

References

Available upon request

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