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RESUME

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
 

EDUCATION

EXPERIENCE

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Washington, D.C. ▪ January 2019 – present

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE      

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       

PBS NewsHour

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

NBC Philadelphia

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.

 

PRODUCER/EDITOR

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.

 

SKILLS

MULTIMEDIA:

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).

 

DIGITAL: Web management—Google Analytics, Clickability, Dalet (expert); Omniture, Chartbeat (basic).  Programming—R, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python (basic) 

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

HONORS/AWARDS
  • 2015 NEW YORK WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS SCHOLAR

  • REGIONAL TOP STUDENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION FOUNDER

  • DEAN'S LIST

  • HONORS PROGRAM

  • SIGMA TAU DELTA

    • INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH HONORS SOCIETY

  • SIGMA XI

    • SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH HONORS SOCIETY

  • ALPHA EPSILON DELTA

    • PRE-HEALTH HONORS SOCIETY

  • ALPHA SIGMA NU

    • JESUIT HONORS SOCIETY

  • SUMMER SCHOLAR

    • HONORS STUDENT RESEARCHER

  • MARILYN LAURIE SCHOLAR

  • PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • PROVOST AWARD

  • BARBELIN GRANT

  • HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE RESEARCH GRANT

  • SIGMA XI GRANT

LANGUAGES

ENGLISH

MANDARIN (CHINESE)

FRENCH

LATIN

LEADERSHIP

  • Board Member, 2015-2016​

​​       Society of Professional Journalists, Columbia Chapter​​

  • Mentor, 2011-present

       FIRST Robotics Team #433 “The Firebirds” ​

  • Founder/President Emeritus, 2011-present

       Hawks for Heroes​​

  • Founder/Editor-in-Chief, 2016-present

       STEMSpeak

  • Head Lector, 2013-2015

       Chapel of Saint Joseph Campus Ministry

  • Student Committee Founder, 2014-2015

       Interfaith Committee of Saint Joseph’s University

  • Secretary, 2011-2012

       Chinese Language Club

  • Copy Editor, 2008-2011

       The Campanile Newspaper

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