Work Experience

Reporter, The Longview News-Journal (May 2016 – Present)

A daily newspaper serving Longview, Texas and the surrounding areas.

  • Responsible for covering police and fire, as well as general feature stories.

City Reporter, The Marshall News Messenger (February 2016 – May 2016)

A daily newspaper serving Marshall, Texas and surrounding Harrison and Marion Counties.

  • Responsible for covering Marshall City Hall, the Marshall business community and various news/feature items.
  • Oversaw the newspaper’s social media accounts, bringing followers and engagement up.

Section Editor, neighborsgo (July 2013 – January 2016)

A community publication of The Dallas Morning News

  • Covering various Dallas suburbs for the weekly neighborsgo section and The Dallas Morning News’ Metro section.
  • Working with contributor- and reader-submitted content for the neighborsgo editions.
  • Producing and editing the weekly print neighborsgo section.
  • Part of yearlong investigation into open records compliance of 113 cities and schools in the North Texas area.

Reporter, The Daily Voice (May 2011 – July 2013)

A hyperlocal news company, formerly Main Street Connect

The Daily Campus (September 2007 – May 2011)

Student Newspaper at Southern Methodist University

  • Positions held: Editor in Chief, Online Editor, Senior Staff Writer, News Editor, Staff Writer
  • Editor in Chief for newspaper during year the paper was awarded First in Overall Excellence from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association
  • Redesigned website; Created and maintained Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr
  • Extensive coverage of Student Senate through print stories, blogging and live-blogging weekly meeting
  • Extensive experience in designing pages, managing staff of 20 people and general newspaper production

Intern, Park Cities People (January 2011 – May 2011)

Newspaper serving the Park Cities area of Dallas (Highland Park and University Park are incorporated towns surrounded by the city of Dallas)

  • Worked on the 30th anniversary series “30 Years, 30 Stories” by going through the archives, researching the people from those years and writing feature stories
  • Assisted editors with research on various stories

Intern, The Dallas Morning News (August 2010 – December 2010)

News outlet serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area

  • Covered local breaking stories for Metro section’s continuous news desk, including one murder trial
  • Shot video and photographs in addition to print and web stories

The Daily Update (Fall 2008; August 2009 – December 2009)

SMU-TV’s weekday student-run news program

  • Served as writer, producer, director, anchor, camera, technical director, CG operator, teleprompter, StillStore operator with a 6 a.m. crew call time
  • Produced weekly news reports

Skills

  • Audio/Video Production: Final Cut Pro, SoundSlides, GarageBand, comfortable with iMovie
  • Content Management Systems: WordPress, Polopoly, Blogger
  • Computer Skills: comfortable with Photoshop and InDesign, Excel, Picasa
  • Other: CoverItLive, Storify, Google Fusion Tables, ManyEyes

Organizations and Awards

  • 2015 Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Second Place Award in Public Information for “On the Record,” a year-long look into North Texas city and school compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.
  • SPJ 2012 First Amendment Award as part of a joint effort between The Daily Campus, SMU Daily Mustang and SMU’s Technology Reporting Class for the 2011 Light of Day Project.
  • First Place, In-Depth Reporting Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Award for work in a joint effort between The Daily Campus, SMU Daily Mustang and SMU’s Technology Reporting Class for the 2011 Light of Day Project.
  • SPJ 2011 First Amendment Award Finalist, along with four others, for writing and editing the “Hidden on the Hilltop: SMU’s Culture of Secrecy” series featured in The Daily Campus.

Education

Southern Methodist University

Liberal arts university in Dallas, Texas.

  • Attended: August 2007-May 2011
  • Degree: B.A. in journalism with a political science minor