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  • Media professional with more than nine years experience in the newspaper industry, allowing for development of strong writing, research, proofreading and planning skills.
  • Provided information to the public by identifying experts, conducting interviews, analyzing data and writing concise explanations.
  • Broad knowledge of the rules of grammar, punctuation, usage and AP Style.
  • Able to quickly produce engaging print or online content on deadline, while maintaining focus on readability and accuracy.
  • Comfortable managing multiple projects with quick-changing priorities.
  • Strong communication skills developed through interacting with newspaper readers and serving as a contact for their questions, comments and criticism.


Contract Writer, Oakland, CA, Nov. 2010 – present

  • Revised and re-wrote press release and Web copy for chemical-engineering startup Siluria Technologies of San Francisco, utilizing a more casual tone to engage a wider audience.
  • Wrote festival preview for news website Oakland Local.

Arts and Entertainment Reporter, Jackson Citizen Patriot and, Jackson, MI, Nov. 2007 – Oct. 2010.

  • Wrote news, features, coverage of events and investigative projects.
  • Interviewed musicians, actors and artists for profiles and event previews.
  • Included in rotating weekend shift covering accidents and breaking news.
  • Planned weekly entertainment section by creating and updating outline plan for each issue, keeping track of upcoming community events, generating story ideas, and delegating tasks to part-time and freelance writers.
  • Maintained entertainment Web page, contributed daily blog entries and scheduled posts to keep site regularly updated with fresh content.
  • Proofread and edited events calendar; trained clerks to enter information; and developed protocol and reference guides to improve accuracy and consistency.

Features Reporter, Times Herald, Port Huron, MI, June 2001 – Oct. 2007.

  • Wrote general and news features on a variety of topics, including arts, entertainment, food, religion, health, education, business and local government.
  • Weekly column offered humorous take on entertainment and pop culture.
  • Represented paper at Gannett Company Inc. conference to address need for attracting younger readers and develop social media strategies.

Editorial assistant, Corporate Legal Times, Chicago, IL, June 2000 – Sept. 2000.

  • Wrote feature stories on issues affecting in-house corporate counsel.
  • Did research and proofread announcements, charts and other features

Intern, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC, March 2000 – June 2000

  • Wrote for entertainment and local news sections.
  • Edited stories and wrote headlines for copy desk.

Intern, Automotive News, Detroit, MI, June 1999 – Sept. 1999.

  • Wrote feature stories on issues affecting automotive dealers and suppliers.
  • Did research and wrote captions for special, commemorative photo issue.


UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, CA: Sept. 2011 – present

  • Completion of Technical Communication I class expected in November 2011.

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Sept. 1997 – June 2001.

  • Graduated magna cum laude with BSJ from Medill School of Journalism.
  • Emphasis in newspaper with minor in psychology.
  • Researched double homicide and potential wrongful conviction through Investigative Journalism class.


  • Proficient in Macintosh and Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple Final Cut Studio and Garage Band, Avid Xpress and QuarkXPress.
  • Experience with basic HTML, website design, search-engine optimization and content-management systems, including Wordpress and Moveable Type.
  • Completed Gannett Company Inc. training course on techniques for shooting digital video and editing footage into online features.
  • Developed, produced and edited podcasts featuring interviews with local musicians.


  • Michigan Press Association, second place, features, Class C, 2008. Judges wrote, “With a wonderful economy of words and some wonderful descriptions, writer makes this story matter.”
  • Michigan AP Editorial Association, second place, features, Division II, 2005.
  • Gannett Well Done awards, runner up, “Moments of Life,” fourth quarter 2005.


  • Available on request.
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