I've worked as a journalist and communicator for more than a decade covering everything from cops and courts to sports. Currently, I work writing about the credit union movement. I tell stories with multimedia skills including video and audio production, photography, and web design. I am fascinated with the space program, baseball, and penguins. I live in Madison, Wis.
2001 - 2005
Served as the editor-in-chief of the Ripon College Days (student newspaper) and general manager of RCTV (student television club).
Attended journalism-focused course that included meeting legends such as Helen Thomas, Sam Donaldson and Seymour Hersh in Washington, D.C.
Wrote for the B2B publication Credit Union Magazine as well as supported various strategic planning and research publications for credit unions in Madison, Wis. Also produced video projects and oversaw the creation of several publication apps.
Coordinated city government coverage for this award-winning daily newspaper in Portage, Wis.
Covered prep sports in the Brodhead School District, including a run by the Broadhead-Juda football team to the state championship at Camp Randall.
Produced public affairs programming for a statewide audience. Interviewed top state officials and legislators while working at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Worked extensively on the network's Campaign 2008 coverage. Encouraged adoption of social media and bolstered the network's website.
Managed a small staff to produce a high-quality weekly newspaper covering four school districts and two Native American reservations. Completed a major design overhaul.
Wrote press releases and assisted in the production of the Ripon College alumni magazine.
As a liberal arts-educated individual, I believe in having a well-rounded set of skills and enjoy opportunities to tackle diverse projects.
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I produced this video with an outside firm. I was intimately involved in planning, content, execution and editing.Video Production
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