News experience

I’ve done most jobs in a newsroom: design, photography contest department, obituaries, news assistant. But, my specialty was as a beat news reporter.  I led the education reporting for a daily newspaper, working with reporters at two satellite offices to keep on top of education law, events, trends and budgets. Some of my best work, I would say, was at the scene of breaking news events. Whether a chemical spill that covered a town in a toxic cloud or a massive fire at an assisted living home that left hundreds without their belongings, I prided myself in quickly getting accurate news to the community.

General assignment and education reporter Butler (Pa.) Eagle. – January 2006 to August 2010

  • Researched and reported on activities concerning education from early childhood to adult continuing education.
  • Coordinated education coverage at two bureau offices.
  • Covered breaking news, features, and obituaries.
  • Mentored new hires and interns.
  • Participated in Associated Press enterprise stories, including press freedom and open records projects.

Election reporter – The Associated Press – 2007-10

  • Delivered Election Day reports as a stringer.

Page designer and copy editor – Trib PM, Pittsburgh. – 2005

  • Selected and edited local and wire stories for afternoon commuter newspaper owned by TribTotal Media.
  • Chose art and paginated TV, Money and World sections regularly. Designed feature pages and other sections as needed.

Reporting internPittsburgh Post-Gazette – Spring 2005

  • Reported and wrote feature news for neighborhood and city sections.

Freelance reporter and photographer Lawyer’s Journal of Allegheny County – 2004-05

Editor-in-chief The Globe (student newspaper of Point Park University) – Fall 2004

Editorial intern – Gazette Newspapers (Ashtabula County, Ohio) – 2004

Editorial assistant – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 2003-04