Reporting, Editing & Programming Experience:

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Breaking News Reporter, Aug. 2019 - present

  • Write spot news stories on topics ranging from the White House and Congress to national politics

  • Identify and flag trending stories and potential newsmaking comments — from interviews, tweets and press releases — for potential stories

  • Cover and file stories and photographs for developing news events — George Floyd protests, death of RBG & 2020 election — from on the ground

  • Wrote newsletters that analyzed and explained results of 2020 primary elections

Digital Producer, Aug. 2019 - present

  • Edit and fact-check consumer and POLITICO Pro stories for clarity, AP style, punctuation and grammar

  • Post new content to POLITICO’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook social media accounts using engaging sharelines

  • Produce political stories using array of elements to create rich viewing experiences for readers

  • Communicate and work across multiple teams to develop coverage plans for major stories and breaking news events

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Associate Producer — Video Programming, Nov. 2017 - Aug. 2019

  • Managed and strategically placed video content on CNN’s homepage, mobile app, digital stories and video playlists to engage viewers and ensure the newest, best content was instantly available

  • Continuously wrote and A/B tested SEO-friendly headlines for videos to determine types of content that resonated with audiences

  • Regularly worked with showteams and senior producers to form strategic plans for major special events (James Comey testimony, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, etc.)

  • Collaborated with homepage and mobile editors to find best combination of video and text articles to tell multimedia stories

  • Copy edit videos for accurate grammar, spelling, and editorial standards

  • Monitor CNN programming to identify key, shareable moments that perform well with audiences

  • Pitch, edit, and package original videos with politics focus

  • Helped ensure CNN.com video is in sync with the editorial and content direction of CNN and network wide initiatives

Writer — News Desk, Aug. 2018 - Aug. 2019

  • Worked with D.C. and Atlanta news desks to help with coverage of political stories for 2018 midterm elections and special events

  • Wrote material for and collaborated with writers, editors and tech. teams on stories, including a 2019 Civil Rights Road Trip interactive

  • Alerted relevant parties of new developments to ensure they were a part of current or future coverage

Freelance Associate Producer — CNNgo, Feb. 2017 - Oct. 2017

  • Worked 650+ hours in control rooms, with show producers, to push live TV to all platforms via CNNgo

  • Worked with writers and on-air reporters to produce videos for their stories

  • Managed CNN live streams and identified new streams to optimize viewer and content experiences

  • Ensured all CNN.com stories have appropriate video, playlists, and/or galleries to enhance reader experience 

Producing Intern — "Wolf", June 2016 - Aug. 2016

  • Helped write segments and teases for Wolf Blitzer’s 1 p.m. show, “Wolf,” using iNews

  • Searched for, edited, and added video to show rundown using MediaSource/MIRA & Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Conducted extensive research on stories and pitched unique angles to show’s producers

  • Consistently mined social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, etc.) for posts related to breaking news and upcoming coverage

  • Shadowed CNN Digital web producers and writers to hone digital news writing skills and learn optimum SEO practices and CMS and analytics software (Chartbeat & Google Analytics)

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Multimedia Political Reporting Intern, Dec. 2015 - May. 2016

  • Wrote print and digital political stories and briefs on the 2016 primaries and state politics for the N&O’s “Under the Dome” service

  • Shot and edited, using Canon DSLRs and Final Cut Pro editing software, six videos that aided in coverage of state politics

  • Assisted editors and reporters in researching and editing stories and interviewing sources

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Multimedia Reporter, Aug. 2015 - May. 2016

  • Wrote and produced 15 original, in-depth multimedia (print & video) stories focused on state & regional issues for the UNC School of Media & Journalism's invitation-only class for distinguished students

  • Worked and communicated with state media outlets to craft stories pertinent to their audiences

  • Successfully marketed these stories to WRAL-TV, the News & Observer, & the Charlotte Observer

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Freelance News Photographer, March 2010 - Aug. 2015

  • Covered President Obama at 20 White House press events; the 2012 DNC Convention; Superstorm Sandy damage on Long Island, NY; New Years Eve in Times Square; and political protests in the southeastern U.S.

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Multimedia Reporter, Aug. 2014 - May. 2015

  • Wrote 15 articles on new legislation and governmental affairs as a reporter on the General Assembly beat

  • Provided visual storytelling skills for over 40 stories documenting campus, community, sports & political news

Political Campaign Experience:

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Videographer & Social Media Editor, Aug. 2008 - March 2010

  • Assisted in developing and producing political commercials for seven N.C. House, N.C. Gubernatorial, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate candidates

  • Oversaw social media operations for three candidates and helped produce online video and photo content for their campaigns

  • Engaged in election strategy with candidates directly to effectively target youth vote

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Press Intern, March 2008 - June 2008

  • Assisted in the organization and implementation of 5 rallies, 7 GOTV drives, and 10 phone-banking events

  • Photographed over 15 North Carolina primary events and rallies featuring campaign surrogates and the Clinton family (Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea)

  • Wrote 18 blog posts for HillaryClinton.com to document campaign events and volunteer efforts

Skills:

Software & Equipment

  • Proficient in iNews, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom, etc.) and Final Cut Pro video editing software

  • Master proficiency with Canon DSLR cameras and lenses

  • Working knowledge of AVID, ENPS, Audacity, Chartbeat, WordPress, and FTP clients 

Digital Communication & Audience Engagement

  • Strong news judgment and an eye for programming

  • Passion for delving deep into analytics

  • Excellent command of AP style (print & broadcast)

  • Employing optimum SEO practices

  • Keen ability to identify content that performs well with audiences

  • Developing content strategy plans

Political Communication

  • Profound passion for political process, elections, and tracking policy trends

  • Extremely knowledgeable on public policy, legislation, and regulatory issues

  • Eight years experience working on and/or covering political campaigns

Contributing to the workplace

  • Collaborative team member

  • Bringing different, unique teams together to work jointly on new initiatives and streamline workflows

  • Training and continuously helping new hires and junior team members

  • Regularly innovating to ensure newsroom is at the forefront of emerging technologies

Education:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Stembler Scholar at School of Media & Journalism

B.A. Broadcast Journalism, Graduated: May 2016