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Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA


Major: Journalism

Graduated: May 2007


American University, Washington, D.C.


Concentration: Journalism & Public Affairs

Graduated: August 2013


American University                                                                                                            January 2018 – Present

Adjunct Instructor

● Teaches Writing for Communication course focusing on the fundamentals of writing for mass media

● Introduces freshmen and sophomore students to different communications professions

● Develops lesson plans and assignments on print, broadcast and online news writing, as well as public relations writing

● Teaches basics of reporting, media ethics and media law

American University                                                                                                            October 2016 – Present

Student Media Adviser

● Advises 10 student media organizations, including the campus newspaper, TV station and magazines

● Conducts writing/reporting workshops to teach student journalists writing, reporting, media ethics, media law, etc.

● Leads critique sessions to review the quality of writing/reporting for students’ print and online stories

● Works with student leaders to organize panels/workshops featuring media professionals from the Washington, D.C., region

● Helps student editors navigate difficult ethical and legal issues

● Conducts one-on-one writing critiques to media students interested in pursuing journalism careers

● Conducts cover letter writing sessions to help students improve their marketability to media employers

● Works closely with faculty at the School of Communication to build a strong connection between the school and student media at AU 

N/A                                                                                                                                          October 2016 – Present

Freelance Journalist

● Contributed writing and reporting for Center for Public Integrity environmental investigative series

● Wrote election-related story for local publication DCist

● File public records requests with local, state and federal agencies

inewsource/KPBS                                                                                                                  August 2015 – October 2016


● Reports and writes enterprise/investigative stories about issues in the San Diego region

● Writes and produces radio spots/features and TV packages for broadcast on KPBS, the local NPR/PBS affiliate

● Appears on KPBS TV segments and weekly Roundtable discussions to talk about stories

● Works closely with editors and other reporters to conceptualize projects

The Center for Public Integrity                                                                                           September 2012 – July 2015


● Wrote enterprise/investigative stories about corporate propaganda for the Center's "Misinformation Industry" project

● Served as the lead reporter on an investigative series about industry-regulated food additives

● Covered the impact of unprecedented outside political spending on 2012 state Supreme Court races

● Served as the lead reporter on an investigative project about judicial education seminars sponsored by large corporations

Duquesne University                                                                                                             August 2011 – May 2012
Adjunct Instructor
● Taught News Writing 1, an intro-level journalism course
● Taught undergraduate students the fundamentals of news writing and reporting
● Helped students develop story ideas, as well as guided them through the writing and editing process
● Taught the basics of media law and ethics
● Fact checked and graded students’ stories
● Submitted the best stories from class to the student newspaper for publication
● Co-led an International Media trip to Europe, taking nine students to various media outlets in Paris,
Dusseldorf and Amsterdam

Pittsburgh City Paper                                                                                                            June 2007 – May 2012

News Writer

● Wrote in-depth, enterprise news features and briefs

● Developed original story ideas through interviews, research and records requests

● Updated breaking news stories for the paper’s news blog, Slag Heap

● Awarded first place by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania for investigative story on the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority

● Awarded first place by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania in the “health/medical” category for story on child-bipolar disorder

Valley News Dispatch                                                                                                          May 2007 – June 2007

News Intern

● Wrote news and feature stories

● Fact checked and proofread news stories

The Duquesne Duke                                                                                                            August 2005 – April 2007

Assistant Features Editor (Fall 2005)

Features Editor (Spring 2006 – Spring 2007)

● Wrote news, features, opinions and sports stories

● Assigned weekly articles to writers for the features section

● Designed features section using Quark and InDesign

● Edited and proofread copy for all sections of the newspaper

● Awarded first place by both the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and Keystone Press Awards

Pittsburgh Magazine                                                                                                             May 2006 – August 2006

Editorial Intern

● Fact checked and copy edited stories and columns

● Wrote a feature story for the “Scoop” section

Society of Professional Journalists                                                                                     August 2005 – April 2007

Treasurer and President of Duquesne University’s SPJ chapter (2005 - 2007)

● Raised funds for programs and workshops featuring guest speakers and panel discussion forums

● Selected and edited stories for publication in Off the Bluff magazine 


AP Style, Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, Powerpoint,

Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Audition, Garage Band, InDesign, Photoshop, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) 

(Photo by Leo Castaneda)

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