Resume

EDUCATION

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Springfield bureau chiefLee Enterprises newspapers, Springfield, Ill., 01/2016 – present

  • Cover Illinois state government and politics from the Capitol for newspapers in central and southern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.

Assistant metro editor/projects coordinator – The State Journal-Register Springfield, Ill., 04/2014 – 12/2015

  • Oversaw metro desk at night and on weekends, supervising reporters, coordinating coverage, and editing local and wire stories to meet daily deadlines. Worked with digital editor to facilitate breaking news online and manage social media accounts. Participated in planning of daily and long-term coverage. Coordinated special reporting projects, coaching reporters, overseeing collaboration among newsroom departments, and shepherding in-depth packages from conception to publication in print and online.

City hall reporter – The State Journal-Register Springfield, Ill.,  11/2013 –04/2014

  • Covered Springfield city government, including city-owned utility, in print and online with an emphasis on enterprise and watchdog reporting. Wrote City Beat blog. Handled metro editing duties one weekend per month and served as substitute metro editor. Worked with digital editor to manage breaking news online, create interactive graphics and databases, and produce videos.

Suburban reporter – The State Journal-Register Springfield, Ill., 04/2012 – 11/2013

  • Covered local government, education, business and other issues in communities surrounding the state capital. Duties similar to city hall reporter position. Stepped in to cover high-profile stories on other beats as needed. Began handling weekend and substitute metro editor duties.

Freelance journalist – 08/2009 – present

Research consultant –  08/2010 – present

ReporterCU-CitizenAccess.org Urbana, Ill., 05/2010 – 03/2012

InternIllinois Alumni Urbana, Ill., 06/2010 – 08/2010

  • Researched, wrote, edited and fact-checked for an alumni magazine with a circulation of 60,000.

Teaching assistant ­– University of Illinois Department of Journalism 08/2009 – 05/2010

  • Taught a discussion section of Introduction to Journalism. Planned and executed weekly lessons and coached students on their writing and reporting in classroom and one-on-one settings.

Staff writerSuburban Life Publications Downers Grove, Ill., 06/2006 – 09/2007, 01/2009 – 08/2009

  • Covered city government, schools, police and fire departments, businesses and local residents for weekly newspapers and daily websites. Also covered Brookfield Zoo. Shot and edited video stories.

DuPage County reporterSuburban Life Publications Downers Grove, Ill., 09/2007 – 01/2009

  • Promoted to newly created position. Covered county government, courts and countywide issues in Illinois’ second-largest county. Wrote breaking news and enterprise stories. Worked with multiple editors to localize coverage.

Staff writerDaily Illini Champaign, Ill., 09/2005 – 05/2006

  • Covered student government and other issues on the University of Illinois campus and in the Champaign-Urbana community.

Copy editor buzz Champaign, Ill.,08/2005 – 05/2006

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