Experience


The Seattle Times: Sept. 2011 - Present
Staff reporter
--Currently covering state government from the Capitol bureau
--Spent much of 2013 investigating Washington state's mental-health system and drunken-driving policies
--Focused in 2012 on the gubernatorial election and campaign finance issues. Also coordinated our coverage of the start of legal gay marriage
--In a year as the paper’s only K-12 education reporter, write about School Board elections and superintendent searches, uncovered financial waste and exposed problems in the Seattle School District’s special ed program
--Frequently appear on local television and radio stations to discuss articles
--As the paper’s most active tweeter, occasionally lead newsroom seminars on using Twitter in reporting

The Washington Post: June - Sept. 2011
Interactivity producer
--Created digital projects to increase and improve interactions between readers and reporters
--Recruited unemployed residents to blog for major project that I conceived and ran
--Contributed print stories on Hurricane Irene and the Base Realignment and Closure program

The Orange County Register: June - Aug. 2010
Washington bureau intern
--Covered Orange County’s congressional delegation and political issues important to the area

The Reno Gazette-Journal: June - Aug. 2009
News intern
--Wrote 91 stories (37 for A1), took photos and shot videos


Education


Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.): Sept. 2007 - June 2011
--Earned dual degree in Journalism and Political Science
--Graduated cum laude (top 12 percent of class)
--Edited the college newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, where I managed a staff of 120, created an investigations desk and wrote stories unearthing issues with the Medill Innocence Project

Universidad de Sevilla (Seville, Spain): Aug. 2009 - Dec. 2009
--Studied Spanish history and literature during semester abroad

West Lafayette High School (West Lafayette, Ind.): Aug. 2003 - May 2007
--Academic Honors Diploma


Awards


SPJ of Western Washington
--New Journalist of the Year: May 2013

The Mirror Awards (Professional contest honoring journalism about the media industry)
--Finalist in Enterprise Reporting, "Investigative journalism students used questionably ethical reporting tactics" and "'Dismantling of a legacy': The rise and fall of David Protess": May 2011

Associated Collegiate Press (Collegiate contest)
--1st in News Story, "NU reaches $2 million settlement with Sunshine family": Sept. 2010

Boy Scouts of America
--Eagle Scout: May 2006


Skills


Multimedia
--Proficient in photo editing, video production and basic HTML coding

Spanish
--Proficient in speaking, understanding, reading and writing