My résumé


EDUCATION


Michigan State University  — East Lansing

School of Journalism

September 2011 — December 2015

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, concentration in public affairs reporting

EXPERIENCE


Traverse City Record Eagle  — Traverse City

Features reporter

January 2018 — present

  • Cover a broad features beat, including outdoors, entertainment, food and health-themed stories.
  • Have produced more in-depth, research-driven pieces on the management of chronic wasting disease and Grand Traverse County’s high breast cancer rates.
Ludington Daily News — Ludington

Staff writer

February 2016 — December 2017

  • Covered a mix of beats, including state, national and municipal public policy, entertainment, environmental issues, hunting and fishing, planning/zoning and higher education
  • Experience covering courts, law enforcement and local schools
  • Was responsible for planning and writing a weekly entertainment section and contributed regularly to the paper’s other sections.
  • Tackled difficult stories others shied away from, like the complex controversy surrounding the Sargent Sand Mining Co., hunting and fishing regulation changes and a courtroom battle between Nestle Waters and Osceola Township.

Capital News Service — East Lansing

Senior correspondent

Spring 2015, fall 2015

  • Covered a variety of public policy issues, including state management of gray wolves, the barriers state law set against LGBTQ couples seeking to adopt children, Michigan’s poor water regulations, a lack of diversity in the Michigan State Police, the underfunding of MPSERS and the dropping number of Michigan young people pursuing teaching careers.

Lansing City Pulse — Lansing

Freelance reporter

August 2015 — November 2015

  • Covered local government, city revitalization projects and social issues throughout the Lansing area after moving to freelance after completing a summer internship.

Great Lakes Echo — East Lansing

Staff writer

May 2015 — August 2015

  • Working as a staff writer, I covered environmental issues throughout the Great Lakes region, including eight states and the province of Ontario.
  • Created web-based content and used graphics, video and images to enhance my stories.
  • My works here spanned topics like nuclear energy, Great Lake drowning rates, fisheries and the ecological impacts of river obstructions.

Lansing City Pulse — East Lansing

News intern

May 2015 — August 2015

  • Covered soft and hard news stories, arts and entertainment and city events for both print and online.
  • Occasionally helped in editing and proofreading, tailoring stories for website versions, took photographs for both my stories and other features
  • Reported on a high-profile court case — Michigan State University v. ESPN — Capitol events and an MSU building development that caused a clash with nearby homeowners.

MORE ABOUT ME


  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Experienced in using online tools like NewsEdit Pro, Blox, WordPress and social media platforms
  • Working knowledge with Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Illustrator and other Adobe programs
  • Having nearly two years of experience in a daily newspaper environment and several in nontraditional newsrooms, I can meet deadlines, pull stories together on short notice and work well under pressure. I bring determination to my work, and strive to be self-sufficient and reliable.
  • I have a varied portfolio covering everything from breaking news, crime, environmental issues, municipalities and state government to education, features and columns.
  • I have several years of study in Spanish, written and spoken