Work Experience

The Charlotte Observer

2022- present

Enterprise and Planning Editor 

  • Lead Reimagined Print initiative, which includes twice-weekly, in-depth story packages.

WFAE

2019-2021

Editor, Digital News and Engagement 

  • Responsible for updating WFAE.org through editing and posting stories written by reporters, culling the best news stories from NPR and the Associated Press, and constantly scouring sources for breaking news.
  • Regularly updated and scheduled social media posts on all platforms (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). Helped grow Twitter followers 25 percent and Instagram followers by 23 percent in one year.
  • Crafted and sent out daily email newsletter consisting of each day’s best stories on WFAE.org. Helped contribute to one-year increase in subscribers of 33 percent.
  • Contributed to newscasts by writing short news reports and cutting audio clips to be used on air.
  • Created original weekly arts and entertainment email newsletter, Tapestry. Developed format, cultivated sources in arts world and grew subscribers 200% in six months.
  • Occasionally wrote, produced and voiced on-air stories on variety of topics, primarily in the arts and entertainment world. Responsible for original reporting, interviews, audio editing and production.
  • Contributed podcast episode to FAQ City, a podcast answering listener questions, about Major League Baseball coming to Charlotte. Conducted interviews, wrote and voiced script, mixed and edited audio.

Freelance Writer and Editor

2015-2021

  • Regular bylines in publications such as The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, The Athletic, Charlotte magazine and others on a variety of topics. Specialize in profiles and features on complicated issues or unique angles. 
  • Contributor work for The Athletic as general assignment reporter assisting with Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets and college basketball coverage.
  • Wrote main feature story for debut of Ink, The Athletic’s longform vertical.
  • Established contributor for Associated Press, primarily focusing on Charlotte Hornets coverage.
  • Regularly wrote longform features for Arizona State’s GlobalSport Matters, a publication that is a joint initiative between the Global Sport Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Worked as contractor for Pace Communications; generated marketing content and revamped Choice Hotels websites.

The Plain Dealer

2003-2015

Sports features and enterprise reporter

  • Wrote in-depth stories on local and national sports figures and issues. Responsible for generating ideas, researching, interviewing, working independently and writing on deadline.
  • Served as back-up Cavaliers beat writer 2012-14. Covered home and road games (travel 20 percent) and wrote weekly NBA column about league issues. Cultivated relationships with athletes and front-office personnel to report and break stories, studied data to observe and report on trends. Wrote daily stories on deadline.
  • Contributed to Browns reporting as third beat reporter 2009-2012. Covered weekly home and road games, and wrote weekly in-depth feature on players, personalities and issues with the NFL team and league.
  • Assisted with Ohio State football coverage 2005-09. Regularly wrote opponent sidebars, researching and studying trends and news, pitching and writing stories. Covered 2007 national championship game.
  •  Regularly Tweeted, blogged and recorded video (as both subject and recorder) for cleveland.com.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The Dallas Morning News

1998-2003

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 weekly email newsletter and cable TV appearances — 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.

The Kansas City Star

1997-1998

High School Sports Reporter 

  • 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.

Education & Awards

Northwestern University

1997

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

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

John Carroll University

2014

Masters in Education

  • Focus on early childhood education.

Additional Experience

Cleveland State University

2007-2011

Instructor

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