CV

Summary of Qualifications

More than a decade of experience reporting, anchoring, and producing news stories for local and international media outlets; enterprise and produce new shows to maintain competitive edge in market; expertise in covering politics, finance, travel & culture, international events; proficiency with editing/video equipment to produce short and long-form stories; marketing and PR experience with non-profit and private organizations.

Work Experience

Managing Editor, creditcards.com (Bankrate), Austin, TX

August 2016 – Present

  • Develop strategy for video content, produce videos, assign and edit videos produced by staff/freelancers
  • Conceptualized weekly podcast for creditcards.com, host podcast, develop themes and book guests
  • Manage full-time video staff member and freelancers for both video and text stories

Freelance Reporter Various outlets, Austin, TX

March 2015 – Present

  • Pitch, research, write text stories on finance, culture, travel for various news and informational websites
  • Write, shoot, edit, and deliver broadcast reports
  • Voice-over artist

Freelance Reporter Deutsche Welle Television/Web/Radio, Berlin, Germany

January 2011 – March 2015

  • Generated story ideas and write international reports for website
  • Produced 5-7 minute radio pieces for business and feature programs
  • Voice-over work for news and T.V. magazine shows

Robert Bosch Fellowship for Young American Leaders, Germany

June 2010 – May 2011

  • Worked with media and cultural department at the German Foreign Ministry, writing magazine articles and producing videos
  • International reporting for Deutsche Welle television and radio
  • Met with high-ranking German politicians and think-tanks for research on current political climate

Political Reporter/Anchor KXAN Austin News (NBC) Austin, TX

March 2005 – May 2010

  • Covered state and national politics, focusing on the Texas State Legislature during the political session and produce 3 live reports daily
  • Produced “Austin News in Afghanistan” special, spending two weeks in the war zone
  • Executive producer and host of political talk show with notable guest politicians including the TX Governor, Lt. Governor and members of Congress
  • Represented the station to a national audience including multiple appearances on CNN’s Larry King Live, Nancy Grace, Lou Dobbs, In the Newsroom and MSNBC
  • Started first blog for the station and participate in live blogs during elections

News Reporter WTVC (ABC) Chattanooga, TN

September 2003 – March 2005

  • Delivered, produced and wrote breaking news stories, going live 3-5 times daily
  • Managed crew through a multi-state news investigation that resulted in several in-depth, exclusive interviews
  • Managed online content for daily and investigative reports

News Reporter KOMU (NBC), The Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, MO

June 2001 – July 2003

  • Produced in-depth news stories, managing all the content including writing, non-linear editing and videography
  • Teaching assistant for Missouri School of Journalism, Broadcast division

State Capitol Reporter, Web Story Producer, KMOX Radio / Missouri Digital News, Missouri Capitol Caucus, Jefferson City, Missouri

January 2001 – May 2001

  • Produced and delivered radio reports for St. Louis audience
  • Wrote web stories daily on Legislative news
  • Delivered feature reports from the Capitol for KOMU-TV

Education

Berlin School of Creative Leadership, Master in Business Administration

September 2011 – July 2013

University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Political Science

GPA: 3.93 Summa Cum Laude

Study Abroad: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Fellowships and Awards

Ashoka Storyteller in Residence (June-September 2011)

Robert Bosch Fellowship for Young American Leaders (June 2010 – May 2011)

LIN Circle of Excellence, Employee of the Year (January 2008)

Duffy Journalism Grant for International Reporting (January 2003)

International Youth Leadership Conference, Prague (January 2003)

International Radio and Television Society Fellow, World News Tonight (May – August 2002)

Volunteer Projects

Moderator/Keynote speaker at the international Wobeon Music Festival

Created and participated in STIR (Storyteller in Residence) for Ashoka

Ashoka Globalizer Media Producer

Presenter, Women in Leadership Seminar

Presenter, Cross-Cultural Journalism Seminar

Guest Speaker, Various Austin high schools

Treasurer, SIETAR Austin (Society for International Education, Training and Research)

Caretaker, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Skills and Proficiencies

Avid Newscutter, Sony XD Cam, INews, Panasonic P2 camera, DVC Pro cameras, Wordpress, Basic HTML, Social Media Platforms, Excel, Powerpoint