Resume

EDUCATION: Northern Arizona University

  • Bachelor’s of science in journalism, emphasis in environmental communication
  • Bachelor’s of science, double major in astronomy and physics

EXPERIENCE:

Discover magazine-

Milwaukee, WI

Position held: Associate Editor                                            (March) 2016 – Present

I write and edit features for the best science magazine in the known universe.

 

Past:

Astronomy magazine (Discover‘s sister magazine)-

Milwaukee, WI

Position held: Associate Editor                                                                   2014 – 2016

I write and edit news and science features for the world’s best selling astronomy magazine.

 

Arizona Daily Sun-

Flagstaff, AZ

Position held: Senior reporter – Science/Environment/County beats Mar. 2011 – 2014

Covered the environment, science and county beats in one of the most science-friendly communities in the west. I also helped manage the Sun’s online presence.

  • Bylined over 1,300 stories, including long features and quick web updates, on the way to establishing myself as the most-read name in local news

  • Promoted to the environment, science and Coconino County beat. The second largest county in the lower 48 states presents a special challenge to a reporter, as it covers a huge stretch of tribal and federal lands, including Grand Canyon National Park.

  • Flagstaff is an astronomy town, which requires regular coverage of local research institutions like Lowell Observatory, U.S. Naval Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Arizona University and others

Position held: Staff writer, Mountain Living Magazine

  • As a staff writer for Mountain Living, a monthly magazine owned by the Daily Sun, I regularly contributed feature-length stories about science, arts, culture and the outdoors.

Freelance writer-

Flagstaff, AZ

Position held: Science and environmental reporter Fall 2010 – Fall 2011

Contracted to write for the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, Inside Science News Service, Backpacker Magazine’s Grand Canyon Journal andthe Arizona Daily Sun

  • My breaking science news stories were published by MSNBC, ABC, FOXNews, the New Scientist and many others

  • Worked with editors to produce feature-length magazine stories

  • Crafted myself into a personal brand by designing and maintaining my own website, developing a Twitter presence and being responsive to readers and editors

American Physical Society-

College Park, MD

Position held: Science writing intern Summer 2010

Posted short, daily science articles for the Physics Buzz Blog; wrote regular science and environmental news stories for the Inside Science News Service and covered news in the physics community for APS

  • Increased blog readership from 10,000 visitors per month to 100,000 using new media strategies that included regular posts on Reddit, Slashdot, Fark and Digg.

  • The breaking news and investigative articles I produced for ISNS were syndicated to major outlets like FOXNews.com, the Knoxville News Sentinel, MinnPost.com and others

  • Discovered my voice as a writer and developed the instincts to conduct better interviews

  • Taught myself to use microphones, audio and video equipment and editing software to produce compelling multimedia stories and podcasts

National Aeronautics and Space Administration-

Flagstaff, AZ

Position held: NASA Space Grant Science Writing Apprentice Aug. 2009 – May 2010

Wrote science and environmental feature articles of importance to the dynamic Flagstaff, Ariz. community and then presented the experience to other interns at a NASA conference in Tucson

  • Developed and utilized sources within the Flagstaff community

  • Created my own story-ideas, pitched them to the managing editor and worked independently to craft each piece

  • One of two NASA Spacegrant students at my university to ever win the award twice

United States Geological Survey-

Flagstaff, AZ

Position held: Independent Contractor researching Martian climate Sept. 2006 – May 2010

I was quickly hired on as a student contractor after volunteering as a research assistant. The position grew into a full-time job after my study of Mars’ South Polar Residual Cap yielded insights about the planet’s climatological history.

  • Learned to read scholarly articles on unfamiliar topics and then translate into understandable info

  • Over the course of nearly four years of running computer analysis on high resolution satellite images, I was able to show that there is far less carbon dioxide ice than previously thought

  • Presented my research in talks and posters at astronomy conferences

  • Had my research findings published and was offered a graduate position, which I declined in order to pursue journalism

COMPUTER SKILLS:

iPhone/iPad and journalism apps fluency, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, WordPress, BLOX CMS, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, GarageBand, Mac OS X, Linux/UNIX, Windows, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, many more

NEW MEDIA SKILLS:

DSLR photo and editing, website and content design, creation, SEO optimization, multimedia slideshows, audio and video recording and editing, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Drive, ScribbleLive

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

  • Lee Enterprises Inc. (Daily Sun corporate ownership) training on Twitter, mobile devices, advanced CMS, online breaking news protocol, ScribbleLive

  • Attended the 2010 Knight-Batten Symposium at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. sponsored by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. Topics covered by new media experts such as David Carr of the New York Times included tactics for community and audience engagement, crowd-sourcing, using web resources to hold government officials accountable, and the future of local journalism.

  • Winner of the Northern Arizona University and Grand Prize 2010 Water Resource Research Center undergraduate writing contest.

  • Spent winter break of 2008 in Costa Rica researching the unintended impacts of ecotourism for a semester long university writing project.

  • Received a travel grant from Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, to travel from Arizona to FermiLab and cover the organization’s quadrennial congress.