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Journalism Experience

Staff Writer, Defense/National Security – The Hill, Washington, D.C.

Nov. 2011 – Present
Track policy trends and political fights in Congress and the Pentagon for The Hill’s Defcon Hill blog and newspaper; average three-to-four stories per day juggling spot news and enterprise; have broken stories on the defense industry opting not to lobby against sequestration and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s call for an Olympics boycott; appear frequently on television and radio to discuss coverage.

Washington Correspondent – Star Tribune, Washington, D.C.

June 2010 – Nov. 2011
Covered 2012 GOP presidential primary and Minnesota congressional delegation as part of three- person bureau; broke news on Rep. Michele Bachmann’s reliance on repeat donors, missed votes and scientists’ vaccine pushback; developed original database for project on the sugar beet lobby.

Freelance Reporter – The Boston Globe, Washington, D.C.

Jan. – May 2010
Covered debate on the mortgage crisis and financial reform in Rep. Barney Frank’s Financial Services Committee; contributed enterprise, dailies and blogs as regular Washington freelancer.

Editorial Intern; Letters Editor – Newsweek, New York, N.Y.

June – Dec. 2009; March – May 2010 
Wrote national affairs and politics stories for magazine and Web; produced Perspectives page in weekly Scope section; hired back to edit Letters page for domestic and international editions.

Online Intern – The New York Times, New York, N.Y.

January – May 2009
Helped launch “The Local,” a new Times hyperlocal blog; broke multiple stories covering Millburn, N.J., competing against four news outlets; produced videos, audio slide shows and interactive databases.

Pulliam FellowThe Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Ind.

June – August 2008
Changed state lottery policy by revealing scratch-off tickets continued to be sold after top prizes already won; covered dangers of new police and fire radio system and resulting political fallout.

Part-time Reporter – The Argus, Fremont, Calif.

December 2006 – May 2008
Gathered court documents, interviewed victims and lawyers and wrote one story in award-winning four-part series on child abuse by Catholic priests; covered breaking news as weekend reporter; stories published in seven Bay Area News Group newspapers, reaching 500,000+ readers; hired after starting as summer intern.

Editor in Chief – The Santa Clara, Santa Clara, Calif.

May 2006 – April 2008
Hired, trained and supervised staff of 40 for nationally recognized weekly college newspaper; reported story on campus cocaine use that won two national awards; created and edited multimedia page for newspaper Web site using HTML; produced and edited audio and photo slide shows.

Editorial Intern – The Daily Journal, San Mateo, Calif.

March – June 2006
Pitched and wrote several stories, including feature on Lyme disease; compiled police blotter, search warrants and civil filings.


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.

M.S. Journalism, May 2009
Major Coursework: covering religion, computer-assisted reporting, The Bronx Beat, investigative techniques; received honors in Reporting and Writing 1 and The Bronx Beat; reported on religious diversity and conflict for class trip in Ireland.

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.

B.A. Communication, English minor, June 2008
Graduated Magna Cum Laude; awarded grant to report senior project on children of coexistence village in Israel.

Teaching Experience

Teaching assistant for introductory journalism class, Communication Department, Santa Clara University, Winter terms 2006 and 2008.

Digital Media

Skills: database reporting, video, audio, photography, Web design, some interactive design.
Programs: Access, Nexis, Pacer, Accurint, Final Cut Pro, Avid Xpress Pro, Premiere Elements, iMovie, Photoshop, InDesign, InCopy, WordPress, Soundslides, Illustrator, Garage Band, some HTML, Twitter.

Professional Awards

Paul Miller Washington Washington Reporting Fellowship, National Press Foundation, 2011-2012.

Editor Award, Beat Reporting – Election Coverage, Star Tribune, Fourth Quarter 2010.

A Tainted Legacy: Public Service Award Honorable Mention, Associated Press Managing Editors, September 2008.

Santa Clara’s Underground Coke Scene: First Place, Feature Story of the Year, Associated Collegiate Press, October 2007; Second Place, News Feature, California College Media Association, March 2008; National Finalist, In-depth Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, May 2008.

Named one of top 100 college journalists by U-Wire, May 2008.

California Newspaper Publishers Association Internship Grant, December 2006.

School awards

Communication Department Prize, Santa Clara University, May 2008.

Buck Bannan Scholar, Santa Clara University, May 2008.

Edward Shipsey, S.J., Journalism Scholarship, Santa Clara University, October 2007.

Center for Student Leadership Award, Santa Clara University, June 2007.

Hackworth Grant, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, covered reporting costs for story on the Oasis of Peace village in Israel, June 2007.

Other Interests

Guitarist trained in jazz, classical and electric styles; hockey; pool; poker; golf.