PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Freelance Journalist  2000 — Present

Report and write news stories, features and other articles for newspapers, magazines and other publications, including major outlets such as Newsday, Glamour, People and USA Today, as well as for alumni magazines that includes Cornell University, Brown University and Brandeis University. Create copy for promotional materials, internal and external communications and more for universities, medical institutions and corporations. Collaborate with clients to develop brand strategies and write exciting and persuasive content.

Adelphi University, Garden City, NY August 2014 — May 2016

Adjunct professor 

Taught arts and entertainment writing course, instructing undergraduate students on basic and advanced reporting and writing skills for newspapers, magazines and other outlets. Developed and introduced syllabus for this brand-new journalism course. 

The Journal News/LoHud.com, White Plains, NY 1998 — 2013

Special writer    

Reported and wrote award-winning features for daily Life and Style newspaper sections, quarterly magazines and other special sections, chronicling pop culture, arts and entertainment, food, health, fashion and lifestyle trends.  Specialized in profiles of celebrities and prominent newsmakers — from Martha Stewart to Mary J. Blige — and in-depth news features about topical issues such as breast cancer, autism, adoption and organ donation.

  • Wrote, edited, produced and narrated video news clips and features for LoHud.com, as stand-alone items and to add depth to larger stories and packages.

  • Wrote for and edited LoHud Lowdown, a local arts and entertainment blog featured on the newspaper’s Web site, LoHud.com, posting daily items, including celebrity interviews, links to entertainment news stories and videos, briefs about area events, photo galleries and interactive maps.

  • Editor-in-charge of special Sunday centerpieces, creating story concepts, assigning photos, managing copy flow and working with other editors and designers on page presentation.

  • Managed the lifestyle department’s summer intern, assigning stories, editing copy and writing final recommendation letter.

  • Provided audio voiceovers to accompany online graphics, in-depth series and packages.

  • Occasional on-camera features reporter for NewsCenterNow, a weekday news program that ran on WRNN-TV in a partnership with The Journal News from 2007 – 2008.

Staff Writer      1998 —  2001

Beat reporter covering several towns in northern Westchester County, focused on local education, government, police, courts, real estate and the environment.

  • Covered prominent local and national news that included tracking Bill and Hillary Clinton's move from the White House to Westchester, and following the NY Giants to the Super Bowl.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.    

Staff Writer/Editorial Aide

  • General assignment reporter for Business, Real Estate and other sections, primarily covering retail, workplace issues, consumer trends, small local companies and residential communities.

  • Wrote and edited weekly columns on corporate appointees, bankruptcy filings and conventions, ensuring deadlines met.

  • Direct assistant to editor of the “Top 200” tabloid, an annual publication of the highest revenue-producing businesses in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

EDUCATION

MA, English, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

  • Thesis title: "The New Round Table: Hard-Boiled Detectives as American Fiction's Arthurian Knights."

BA, English, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, cum laude.

 

SKILLS

Publishing; news and feature writing; copy writing and editing; social media; content strategy; proofreading; web content; content development