NJN Publishing Clark, NJ
Edited two weekly community newspapers, the Cranford Chronicle and Record-Press. Managed a staff of two reporters, sports editor, freelance reporters and photographers; assigned/edited about 20 stories weekly; wrote weekly editorials and one to two stories per week; did layout and during 2006 headed redesign of papers.
Directed prize-winning coverage of major local events such as lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in police promotions and devastating 2007 flood. Also directed coverage of collapse of three-story building, including gaps in inspection system, and led ongoing coverage of redevelopment efforts, highlighting questionable decisions by public officials. Directed and participated in coverage of 2005 visit by President Bush, including arrest of protestors and subsequent acquittal.
Editorialized on topics of local and national interest, including property taxes, development policy and racial achievement gap in education.
NJN Publishing Somerville, NJ
Covered general-assignment beat for the Cranford Chronicle, a weekly community newspaper. Wrote approximately 10 stories per week, including school and government news, police beat and features. Reported on aftermath of September 11th terrorist attacks, which killed eight people in paper’s coverage area, in a series of stories about survivors and rescue workers. Wrote enterprise story about cost overruns and delays during construction of local library and community center.
Newark Public Schools Newark, NJ
As Teach for America corps member, taught sixth grade language arts and social studies.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
M.A. expected May 2009
Specializing in coverage of politics. Coursework includes urban transportation planning, new media skills.
A.B. in History summa cum laude, June 2000
Phi Beta Kappa; foreign study at University of Glasgow, fall 1998.
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND HONORS:
NJPA First Place, editorial writing in a weekly newspaper under 4,500 circulation, 2005.
NJPA First Place, feature writing in a weekly newspaper under 4,500 circulation, 2001.
Photoshop, Quark XPress