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Summary of Qualifications

Covering a variety of topics — as an editor and a reporter, in the United States and abroad — has let me develop expertise in dealing with government bureaucracies, private and public companies and ordinary people. I'm as comfortable fighting to get FOIA requests filled as I am delving into SEC documents and as skilled at deciphering military reports as I am at digging stories out of city budgets. I can spend a morning designing a database to track train accidents and the afternoon talking to people injured in one. My wide-ranging experience allows me to take a broad approach to enterprise pieces and projects, while my work as an editor, both at a magazine and at newspapers, has cultivated my story development and long-range planning skills.


Journalistic Experience

Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla.
August 2002 - present
Municipal Government Team Leader: Oversee the team reporting on the consolidated city/county government of the largest (by area) U.S. city, shepherding coverage of urban affairs, politics and city finances. Focus my own reporting on the executive branch, where budget shortfalls, pension problems and economic development challenges confront a sometimes beleaguered mayor.
Military Affairs Reporter: Wrote about issues of importance to active-duty service members and veterans in a city that is home to the third-largest Naval concentration in the United States, an Air National Guard fighter wing and Army and Marine commands, as well as one of the 20th largest veterans communities in the country. Also covered the local defense industry, including Northrop Grumman Corp. and Boeing Co. as well as a host of smaller players.
Transportation & International Trade Reporter: Covered one of the country's 20 largest seaports, a growing airport system, a Class I railroad and a variety of transportation and logistics firms — which together made up the largest industry sector in Jacksonville. Examined how the rest of the world affected the local marketplace by writing about trade agreements, import/export issues and other items of concern to companies competing in a global economy. Also covered road construction and public transportation issues, including infrastructure safety and highway capacity woes.
Workplace Issues Reporter: Covered a wide-ranging beat for the business section, writing about economic development, technology and “the intersection of life and the workplace.” Headed up the newspaper’s Sunday business section, a targeted publication aimed at the city's growing young professional community, a role that got me involved with editing, story selection and long-term planning.

Oskar's, Hamburg, Germany
October 2001 - May 2002
Redakteur (Editor): Led the English side of this bilingual magazine targeted at German and American high school students. Developed story ideas and worked with photographers, freelance writers and layout artists to bring each piece to completion. Also wrote articles (in English) for the magazine and translated work from German to English.

Arthur Burns Fellowship, Berlin, Germany
July 2001 - October 2001
Fellow/Freelance Reporter: Wrote articles dealing with German history and culture, immigration issues and business affairs for the Berliner Morgenpost and Bild, the fifth largest paper in the world. Freelanced for a number of publications, writing pieces about German-American relations in the aftermath of Sept. 11 and economic relationships between the two countries.

Convenience Store News, New York, N.Y.
November 2000 - May 2001
Freelance Reporter: Wrote technology-focused articles for this trade publication, focusing on car washes and related industries.

The News-Journal, Daytona Beach, Fla.
February 1999 - August 2000
General Assignment Reporter: Served as the “heart attack” reporter for the western half of Volusia County, jumping on the news of the day for quick-turn-around, in-depth reactions to breaking events. Also developed my own long-range projects, mainly focusing on education and crime reporting.
City Government Reporter: Covered city council, zoning and planning committees and other bureaucracies in the suburban area between Daytona Beach and Orlando, competing with one of the largest papers in Florida.

The News-Herald, Willoughby, Ohio
May 1997 - February 1999
Metro Reporter: Covered eight cities and towns in the highly competitive suburban Cleveland market. Wrote about agencies and political entities as well as digging out feature stories from across the region.
Religion Editor: Supervised a team of correspondents, edited wire copy and took photographs for a weekly section. Also wrote features and news stories (for the metro section) about the local religious community.
Business Reporter: Covered a range of national and local businesses in three suburban Cleveland counties. Wrote several feature stories a week, handled breaking financial news from public companies and produced weekly enterprise stories.

The Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas
Summer 1996
Copy Editor Intern: Served as a rim editor for the news, sports and feature sections. Worked full time, doing the job of personnel who were out of state working for the company's Olympic task force.

The Liberty Champion, Lynchburg, Va.
1995-1997
Editor in Chief: In charge of the university's weekly broadsheet. Directly supervised a 15-member editorial staff that oversaw about 45 reporters, photographers, copy editors and others. Wrote a column and several news stories each week. Held this position my junior and senior year, after serving as news editor my sophomore year and a news reporter my freshman year.

The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
1992-1997
Correspondent: Covered a variety of local government and school board meetings. Wrote general assignment news and feature stories for the city desk and feature articles for the business section. Served as lead sports reporter for a zoned edition of the paper.


Academic Experience

Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
2000-2001
Graduated with a Master of Science degree in journalism, concentrating on print media and focusing on international affairs and business. Rode freight trains to interview subjects for a long-form article looking at the lives of modern hobos. Served on the board of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Designed and produced the online version of the Reuters Forum journal, collecting a range of articles on various aspects of globalization. Served as an editor of the journalism school yearbook.

Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.
1993-1997
Graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in May 1997. Majored in journalism/news editorial and minored in history. Member of the university's honor program. Board member of the university chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society. Member of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society in history. Served as a Student Government Association senator, representing both my residence hall and the student newspaper.

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