Relevant Education

M.A., Journalism / University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri – December 2015

Ph.D., Educational Leadership / Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina – May 2009

B.S., History & Political Science / Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina – May 2004

Writing Experience

Reporter / The Hilton Head Island Packet & The Beaufort Gazette
Bluffton, South Carolina – March 2016-present
 Break news and tell stories using various platforms, writing styles and story formats in a deadline-driven environment characterized by shifting priorities and an influx of new assignments
 Report and write pieces about local government, crime, sports, people of interest and the Marine Corps; the New York Times Magazine and Esquire have cited my work in investigative pieces, and national outlets and major metro newpapers have published my stories
 Shoot, edit and caption photos and videos and work with photographers and videographers to marry text with visuals for compelling storytelling

Various / The Columbia Missourian and Charleston Gazette-Mail
Columbia, Missouri, and Charleston, West Virginia – September 2013-December 2015
 Covered high school and Southeastern Conference college football as a beat reporter during two seasons at the Missourian
 Served as a graduate sports editor and sports-page designer/copy editor at the Missourian
 Interned at Charleston Gazette-Mail and was quickly assigned long-form projects and awarded choice assignments

Freelancer / Various
January 2014-present
 Find, pitch, report and write stories for outlets such as Missouri Life Magazine, Savannah Magazine and Harvard University’s Nieman Storyboard
 Serve as a reader for Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eric Eyre’s forthcoming book on the opioid epidemic in West Virginia

Awards & Honors
 South Carolina Press Association – 2017 1st place awards for enterprise reporting, beat reporting, series of articles and arts and entertainment reporting
 South Carolina Press Association – 2016 1st place award for sports feature
 International Regional Magazine Association – 2015 Writer of the Year (Bronze, circulation under 30,000)
 Western Carolina University – 2012 Young Alumnus Award

Tech Skills
 Social media – create search-engine-optimized headlines, summaries, keywords and share-lines on various platforms to ensure content reaches intended audiences and is easily found online
 Content management systems – edit and publish media in collaboration with colleagues using a variety of CMS platforms
 InDesign – craft visually appealing news and sports pages that grab readers’ attention and lead them through stories
 Databases and public records – acquire information using multiple search tools and strategies, such as federal queries and Lexis Nexis, among others
 Microsoft Office – proficient in Word, Excel and Power Point


Jacqui Banaszynski – Pulitzer Prize Winner; Knight Chair Professor Emerita, Missouri School of Journalism; Faculty Fellow, The Poynter Institute; Editor, Nieman Storyboard

Eric Eyre – Pulitzer Prize Winner; Statehouse Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Liz Farrell – Senior Editor and Columnist, Hilton Head Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette


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