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An award-winning investigative journalist known for innovative storytelling on housing, health and poverty. Dynamic social media strategist, creative communicator and skilled multimedia producer.

Work Experience

Reporter/Blogger at The Chicago Reporter, September 2010 to present
Writes and reports about race and poverty issues for the investigative magazine’s blog, Chicago Muckrakers
• Identifies and covers affordable housing trends and issues
• Covers underreported issues such as segregation, evictions and urban mental health
• Helps manage social media by engaging our audience through Twitter, Facebook and utilizing the Tribune Co.’s ChicagoNow blogging network
• Formulated staff-wide projects on gun violence and segregation
• Led several investigative series on Section 8 housing, SROs, wage theft, bankruptcy and state contracting
• Online production for weekly radio show with Vocalo 89.5 FM
Freelance Reporter, 2009 to present
Writes and reports for national and local publications including The Huffington Post, AOL/Daily Finance, Change.org, The Chicago Reader, Rebellious Magazine, American Libraries, TimeOut Chicago, Tonic.com, District 299 and more
• Chicago Reader cover story uncovering impact of lead poisoning on Chicago Public School students
• Wrote groundbreaking series for Change.org called Meet the 99ers highlighting people who had gone through their 99 weeks of unemployment and were still looking for a job
• Writes Parenting column for Rebellious Magazine

Multimedia Producer, 2009 to present
Captures, edits and produces stories on topics such as protests, public housing life and homelessness through videos, audio slide shows and photo galleries and infographics for The Chicago Reporter and One Story Up
• Photo gallery on then mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel got more than 100,000 hits
• Flash animation on lead poisoning used by the Alliance for Healthy Homes and the Rhode Island Department of Public Health

Blogger at One Story Up, 2009 to 2010
Created innovative blog on public housing and urban poverty
• Named best blog of the year for 2010 for the Chicago Tribune’s blog network

Reporter at Chi-town Daily News , 2008 to 2009
Beat reporter covering public housing for hyper-local online newspaper
• Broke the story of 200 workers at Republic Windows factory in Chicago staging sit-in to demand lost wages when their employer illegally closed, which was later covered by national and international media
• Reported on the city’s stalled public housing demolition plan

Reporter at WCMU public radio, 2007 to 2008
General assignment reporter at local public radio station
• Recorded, edited and wrote regular feature stories on youth politics, art and culture
• Six-minute feature on local Pulitzer Prize-winning poet aired nationally on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered

Awards
Studs Terkel Award, 2013
Prestigious journalism award given to only a three journalists each year who exemplify Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Studs Terkel’s reputation for telling compelling stories about everyday people
Peter Lisagor Award, 2012
Award for business reporting in the specialty category for story on minority business contracting
Finalist for National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence, 2012
Story on state minority business contracting highlighted for excellence in magazine journalism
Local Reporting Awards Winner, 2011
Winner of grant from Chicago Community trust to investigate lead poisoning
Best Local Blog, 2010
Chosen as the best local blog by the Chicago Reader for their annual Best of Chicago issue
Skills
• Investigative/Computer-Assisted Reporting
• Use of Microsoft Excel, Access, SPSS statistics and mapping
• Mastery of WordPress and Moveable Type blogging platforms
• Social media management, mastery of Twitter, management of Facebook fan pages
• Print and online writing and editing
• Audio recording and editing
Other Activities
New Media trainer for students and professionals, October 2010 to present
Frequent speaker and instructor in classes and conferences on blogging and social media
• Mentored and edited student work as senior editor for The Chicago Reporter’s teen blog,
The Teen Reporter
• Taught a half-day introductory class on blogging and social media for the Journalism and
Women 2011 conference
• Regular speaker at Columbia College and panelist on new media and housing issues
Professionally trained dancer and arts administrator, 2004 to 2007
Helped launch and performed with avant-garde modern dance company and also managed and
directed community dance school in central Michigan
Education
Bachelors degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University, 2004
References available upon request

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