Covered local school districts plus two local community colleges, with a focus on enterprise reporting. Anchored coverage of a record-setting bond election that included a new high school. Assisted in general assignment and feature reporting duties at the Gannett-owned daily. Also co-hosted newsmakers interview program at local CBS affiliate WSAW-TV (Channel 7).
I held leadership roles at the campus newspaper, including as editor in chief. On weekends, I traveled nationally to compete with the college's debate team. During the academic year, I interned in the newsroom of WBBM-TV, the CBS owned-and-operated station in Chicago. Other internships included the Washington bureaus of Hearst Broadcasting and NBC News - "Dateline NBC," as well as in New Mexico at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
I produced video news stories streamed to almost 2,000 Web sites, a mobile app and transmitted to broadcasters worldwide. I was involved in every stage of the process, from story pitching to writing to shooting/editing and preparing for air. I also appeared on camera, voiced stories and did newsmaker interviews. I contributed to AP Radio. My reporting took me around the country and to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
I was a general assignment and enterprise reporter, developing expertise in marrying print reporting with video. As the paper's first multimedia reporter, I coached colleagues in video storytelling. I reported on local government, transportation, growth/development, education, and law enforcement. And I did stints in the newsroom of WFAA-TV (Channel 8), the ABC station in Dallas/Fort Worth owned by the parent company of The News.
I tell stories on screens through pictures and sound. Sometimes, I use words on paper. I am my own photographer, producer, reporter and video editor, going wherever the story takes me. Usually, it is on the road across the country - or the world. I travel extensively and problem-solve in the field, delivering original stories to digital audiences at washingtonpost.com and two apps.
+ 2017 National Edward R. Murrow Award, Writing
+ 2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award, Writing
+ 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award, Writing
+ 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award, Feature Reporting
White House News Photographers Association: first place, second place, photography; third place, editing; award of exellence-television contest
White House News Photographers Association: honorable mention, awards of excellence-multimedia contest
1998 School Bell Award for education reporting, Wisconsin Education Association Council
Graduate, 2017 Kiplinger Fellowship, Ohio State University
1998 Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, The Indianapolis Star/The Indianapolis News
Part of winning teams:
+ 2017 National Edward R. Murrow Award, continuing coverage - America's opioid crisis
+ 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Award, continuing coverage - New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina
+ 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Award, overall excellence
+ 2016 National Capital Emmy, overall excellence
+ 2012 National Press Club Journalism Awards, first place, breaking news broadcast
+ 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award, overall excellence
+ 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award, continuing coverage
National Emmy Award nomination, 38th Annual News and Documentary Awards - Outstanding Breaking News Coverage: Pulse Nightclub Shooting
Video package part of 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, Investigative Reporting - "The DEA Dilemma"
Contributed to video story that was part of The Washington Post's 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
Contributed to story package that won a James Beard Award under the dining and travel category: America's Best Food Cities