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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

News Manager, The West Yellowstone Star, Montana                                    Jan 2017- July 2018
-Responsible for creating a weekly line up, pitching stories, managing social media, writing and photographing six to nine stories a week. 
-Covered court, education, town council meetings, sports, breaking news and features while cultivating relationships with residents and public officials. 
-Revamped newspaper two months after its first publication, increased readership and social media following.

Contributing Writer, The War Horse, Remote                                                March 2017- present
-Personal narrative writing about military and veteran experiences for war and trauma publication. Topics covered included mental health issues and the transition from the military to civilian life. 

Infantryman Team Leader, United States Marine Corps,Hawaii                  July 2007-July 2011
-Two seven-month deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a sniper, providing observation and security for coalition forces as well as Afghan locals.
-Responsible for selecting and training new platoon members, mission planning, briefing and execution. 
-Received Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, two meritorious promotions and was selected as Marine of the Quarter.

EDUCATION
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York              Expected August 2019
-Master of Science with a focus on documentary production and reporting on immigration and refugee issues.

-Master’s thesis followed several families and military veterans who have struggled with suicide and loss. 
-Other courses covered long-form narrative writing, radio and audio production, photography and video production. 

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.                                                                            May 2015
-Bachelor of Arts in news editorial journalism with an additional study in studio art and photography. Semester abroad at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

OTHER SKILLS
Data Journalism: Research for stories including visitor studies, demographics, climate events.

Audio/Visual: Digital audio, photo and video production and editing. Adobe Creative Suite –Audition, Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge. Proficient with Canon and Nikon camera systems.

Social Media: Managed local newspaper Facebook and Instagram pages.

Other: 
I learned a long time ago in the Marine Corps what it means to have a long day at
work. My workdays could range anywhere from a relaxed 9-hour workday to 96 hours
with very little sleep. It is because of these experiences that I have no problem putting in
the extra time to complete the task at hand. I am a charismatic team player, problem solver and a leader. When it
comes to meeting deadlines, I perform well under pressure. When a story or a plan does
not pan out, I turn to my backup plan, and my tertiary plan if need be – I get the job done.


REFERENCES
Erin Leonard, Publisher, West Yellowstone Star, 406-570-0254, eleonard@madisoniannews.com

Anna Hiatt, Editorial Director, The War Horse, 202-365-0728,  anna.hiatt@thewarhorse.org

Thor Neureiter, adjunct faculty, Columbia University, 917-287-0448, tkn2110@columbia.edu

 
 


 

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