COLUMBIA JOURNALISM SCHOOL New York, N.Y. ▪ May 2016
Master of Science, Focus: Science, Environmental & Health Journalism
Coursework in narrative writing, multimedia (photo/video/audio), investigative and data skills. Covering breaking news to longform pieces on science, environmental and health stories throughout New York City. Highlights include stories on water contamination, climate change studies on dairy farms, recreation of historic science experiments, and computer science education in public schools. Completed multimedia master’s project on the lives of zookeepers, and a one-man band produced/shot/edited documentary on the science behind art conservation and restoration.
SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ May 2015
Bachelor of Science in Biology, University Honors Degree, Cum Laude
Departmental Honors Thesis, Minors: Journalism and Animal Studies
Washington, D.C. ▪ January 2019 – present
Washington, D.C. ▪ December 2016 – January 2019
Defenders of Wildlife
Plan and implement strategic communications campaigns for Defenders of Wildlife nationally, as well as media strategies for the Northwest, Alaska, and Rockies & Plains regional offices, and the national Coexistence program. Develop and enact crisis communications plans when necessary. Design a multimedia editing suite and organization-wide multimedia storybank. Create start-to-finish multimedia, involving capturing and editing photos/video/audio. Write press releases, media advisories, talking points, fact sheets, and articles for the magazine and blog. Conduct media trainings for staff and outside partners. Build relationships with reporters and coalition partners. Organize press and outreach events.
SCIENCE AND SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS FELLOW
Arlington, Va. ▪ June 2016 – December 2016
Collaborated with the NewsHour and the National Science Foundation to develop toolkits for media outlets on the best ways to create science content for wide audiences (digital and broadcast). Build stories for multiple platforms, including Facebook/Facebook Live, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, web, broadcast, and others. Stories included a multi-part series on science in the Olympics, the evolution of humans from a single reptilian ancestor, and videography of coral on the ocean floor. Covered non-science breaking news events, like managing the live blog and feeds for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, as well as live social media reporting from the White House on Election Day.
FREELANCE SCIENCE REPORTER/INTERN
WHYY The Pulse
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ June 2014 – June 2016
Produced articles and radio segments about science and health topics for public radio’s science program The Pulse. Worked with a 10-person team to nationalize the show. Stories include a feature on job training programs for people with developmental disabilities, profiles on area leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and an examination of innovative green roofs. Optimized the press kit for all content by The Pulse, in particular for promotion on social media platforms.
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY COORDINATOR
Saint Joseph's University
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ January 2012 – May 2015
Managed a team of 26 graduate and undergraduate researchers in the care of endangered and extinct-in-the-wild species in five biodiversity laboratories. Promoted the conservation work by the lab scientists through local news outlets and social media. Completed individual research initiatives, including a published study on invasive species, a year-long honors thesis, and over a dozen presentations on the importance of the scientific findings to a broad audience.
DIGITAL NEWS INTERN
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ May 2014 – October 2014
Reported over 60 articles for the online platforms of NBC News and its affiliates. Ran the Digital News Desk when the editors were short staffed. Produced an exclusive multimedia series on a missing soldier in Alaska for online and broadcast for all NBC Universal stations. Broke critical information and sources for various stories using only social media.
Keller Communications Inc.
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ January 2008 – present
Produce and edit digital videos for a diverse clientele, ranging from small family businesses to large pharmaceutical companies. Collaborate with production teams ranging from two to twenty people. Assume whatever production roles (director, producer, videographer, editor, writer, narrator, on-air talent, etc.) needed to complete a video with the highest quality in the shortest time possible.
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR/STAFF WRITER
The Hawk Newspaper
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ January 2014 – January 2015
Edited the news section of The Hawk Newspaper. Helped develop the content that lead to Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker-winning weekly paper award. Covered two or more stories per week while working full-time and taking extra classes. Advised all science and health pieces across all sections.
Audacity, Photoshop, Lightroom, Audition, Premiere, InDesign, After Effects, DSLR (photo and cinema)
(expert). Producer/Editor/Videographer, video production corporation, 8 years.
DATA: Excel and SPSS (expert).
AFFILIATIONS: New York Women in Communications Scholar, 2015; Society of Environmental Journalists; National Association of Science Writers; D.C. Science Writers Association; Association of Zoos and Aquariums; Public Relations Society of America
OTHER: Certified to handle all wildlife (birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, insects); Communications Mentor, all-female robotics team
2015 NEW YORK WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS SCHOLAR
REGIONAL TOP STUDENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION FOUNDER
SIGMA TAU DELTA
INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH HONORS SOCIETY
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH HONORS SOCIETY
ALPHA EPSILON DELTA
PRE-HEALTH HONORS SOCIETY
ALPHA SIGMA NU
JESUIT HONORS SOCIETY
HONORS STUDENT RESEARCHER
MARILYN LAURIE SCHOLAR
HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE RESEARCH GRANT
SIGMA XI GRANT
Board Member, 2015-2016
Society of Professional Journalists, Columbia Chapter
FIRST Robotics Team #433 “The Firebirds”
Founder/President Emeritus, 2011-present
Hawks for Heroes
Head Lector, 2013-2015
Chapel of Saint Joseph Campus Ministry
Student Committee Founder, 2014-2015
Interfaith Committee of Saint Joseph’s University
Chinese Language Club
Copy Editor, 2008-2011
The Campanile Newspaper