Resume and recognitions

Awards

Education Reporting – General, First Place, Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards (2016)
General Reporting – Series or Package, Second Place, Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards (2016)
Public Service, Second Place, Colorado Associated Press Editors & Reporters (2016)
Best Feature Story, First Place, Colorado Press Association (2016)
Best Health Enterprise/Health Feature Story, First Place, Colorado Press Association (2016)
Best Story/Picture Combination, First Place, Colorado Press Association (2016)
Best News Story, First Place, Colorado Press Association (2016)
Best Education Story, Second Place, Colorado Press Association (2016)
Best Investigative Story Package, First Place, Colorado Press Association (2015)
Best Story/Picture Combination, Second Place, Colorado Press Association (2015)
Environmental Story, Second Place, Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters Association (2015)
Award of Excellence: Short Form Writing/Voice, Finalist, Gannett (2014)
Urban Media Excellence Award, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2014)
NEW-Multimedia, First Place, Colorado Press Association (2013)
Spirit of Fort Collins, Mayor’s Award (2013)
Excellence in Media Award, Colorado Nonprofit Association (2013)
Media Champion Award, Women’s Resource Center (2013)
Best Public Service, First Place, Colorado Press Association (2012)
Best Informational Graphic, First Place, Colorado Press Association (2012)
Best Health Feature Story, Second Place, Colorado Press Association (2012)

Work history

Social issues/education reporter (2015-present)

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, CO

Covers social issues facing Northern Colorado, including homelessness, poverty and child welfare. Mentors university and high school students interested in journalism, including editing joint packages.

Develops metrics-driven coverage. Works regularly with online publishing platform and social media. Brainstorms and executes community events related to coverage, including a Make a Difference Day bike drive to help the homeless and annual poverty simulations.

Environment reporter (2014-2015)

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, CO

Covered the environment and how it affects the people of Northern Colorado by combining traditional and multimedia storytelling.

Nonprofit and philanthropy reporter (2012-2014)

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, CO

Covered around 400 nonprofits in Larimer County, connected with community on various philanthropic and social causes and shared timely information and characters through social media, managed print section front and online coverage. Created position in 2012.

  • Developed beat into a meaningful, metrics-proven beat by growing personal brand and community connecting to find new sources, stories and readers
  • Enhanced stories with multimedia elements, including photographs, video and new web tools
  • Connected with readers and sources to put real faces with complex social issues
  • Covered stories with flexibility across traditional beats; Combines storytelling with watchdog and data journalism
  • Organized multiple beat-related events and writing classes
  • Consistently selected as one of the faces for Coloradoan marketing campaigns

K-12 education reporter  (2011-2012)

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, CO

Covered Poudre School District in Larimer County, connected with parents and students on key issues, provided regular news coverage, managed breaking news coverage during weekend shift.

  • Wove new faces into a traditional beat using unique coverage techniques
  • Managed weekly print education page, including copy-editing provided content
  • Used video and social media to add depth to important issues; grew social media accounts by utilizing them during meeting coverage, breaking news scenarios and daily tasks

Additional accomplishments

  • Active participation in and organization of Coloradoan-sponsored events and special projects
  • Freelance copy editing for businesses, individuals and small publications

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Harding University, Searcy, AR

Cum laude, Editor-in-Chief at student newspaper, Society of Professional Journalists president

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