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Experience & Education

Work Experience

2015 - Now

Freelance Journalist

Based in Charlotte, have had bylines in the New York TimesUSA Today, Charlotte magazine, VICE Sports, Bleacher Report, NBC SportsWorld, American Sports Network, Charlotte Observer and others. Part-time editing work with nascar.com, and CMS experience publishing online. Experienced writer and editor with a strong background in sports, but open to telling any good stories.

2003-2015

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Sports features and enterprise reporter

  • Wrote regular in-depth stories on local and national sports figures and issues.
  • Also served as back-up Cavaliers beat writer 2010-11 and 2012-14. Covered home and road games and regularly wrote NBA column about league issues.
  • Recognized as top 10 for explanatory writing in 2012 by Associated Press Sports Editors for a story about two Akron football players who overdosed after becoming hooked on painkillers they received from the school.
  • Earned APSE 3rd-place recognition for project reporting in 2009 for four-part series about how 8th grade football players decide which high school to attend.
  • Responsible for generating all story ideas and organizing coverage plan.
  • Named 2006 honorable mention Best Sports Writer by Associated Press Society of Ohio.
  • Named runner-up for 2005 Associated Press Society of Ohio Best Sports Writer.
  • Cited for notable writing in 2005 and 2007 editions of Best American Sports Writing.
  • Regularly Tweeted, blogged and recorded video (as both subject and recorder) for cleveland.com.
  • Training in digital sound editing.

1998-2003

The Dallas Morning News

Sports Features Writer - Oct. 2002 - Feb. 2003

  • Wrote in-depth profiles and enterprise pieces.

Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer - April 2000 - Oct. 2002

  • Covered all home and road games as primary beat writer of Dallas’ NBA franchise.
  • Initiated daily coverage, generated ideas and worked independently.
  • Cultivated thriving relationships with variety of NBA personalities — including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during his first two seasons in the league.
  • Juggled multiple assignments – including Internet and cable TV requirements — and regular travel with nightly deadlines. Consistently broke news on competitive beat.
  • Organized playoff coverage by brainstorming ideas and assigning stories to reporting team.
  • First woman to cover Mavericks beat in organization’s 20-year history.

SMU Beat Writer, July 1998 - April 2000

  • Covered all college sports, with emphasis on football and men’s basketball.
  • Investigated and unearthed football recruiting violations while maintaining daily coverage. Earned Associated Press Sports Editors honorable mention recognition for investigative work in 1999.
  • Helped with coverage of all major Dallas pro teams, including entire 1999 Dallas Stars playoff run and Stanley Cup Finals.

1997-1998

The Kansas City Star

High schools sports reporter - Nov. 1997 - June 1998

  • Responsible for coverage of all high school sports within area of suburban Kansas City.
  • Earned backup Kansas City Royals duties that included development of weekly Royals page.

1997

The Detroit Free Press

General assignment sports reporting intern - June 1997 – Oct. 1997

  • Covered everything from Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions games to Harlem Globetrotters.
  • Assisted with coverage of Fab Five investigation that earned APSE honorable mention in investigative reporting.

1996

The San Bernardino County Sun

Sports reporting intern - June 1996 – Sept. 1996

  • Covered Class-A San Bernardino Stampede as a beat for the summer, reporting on all home and road games as the team played in the Cal League.

1995

Lexington Herald-Leader

Reporting and editing intern - Sept. 1995 - Dec. 1995

  • As part of Northwestern University's Teaching Newspaper program, spent a quarter as a reporting and editing intern.
  • Spent time reporting for city/state, business, features and sports departments, and worked as an editor on the sports copy desk.

Education

1993-1997

Northwestern University Evanston, III

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

  • 1993-1997 The Daily Northwestern — sports writer, assistant sports editor and editorial columnist.
  • 1996 Association for Women in Sports Media scholarship/internship winner.
  • 1996 Freedom Forum-NCAA Foundation Sports Journalism Scholarship winner, eight selected nationally.
  • 1996 Winner of Albom’s Challenge scholarship for best sports feature, selected by Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom.

2009 - 2014

John Carroll University

Masters in Education

Additional Experience

2007 - 2011

Cleveland State University

Instructor, August 2007 - Dec. 2011

  • Taught Media Writing, an introductory journalism course that emphasizes basics of news writing and reporting, as well as AP Style.