Résumé

March 2013  Present                                   KATC TV-3                                                            Lafayette, Louisiana

Investigative Producer

§ Oversees long-term and breaking investigative reporting and special projects under the KATC Investigates brand.
§ Uses computer-assisted reporting and public records requests to research topics; books and directs scheduled and unscheduled interviews; copy edits and fact checks scripts.
§ Led the May 2013 sweeps coverage for the station’s first No. 1 May ratings period in its 50-year history. The station has won each subsequent book.


June 2008 – March 2013                             Advertiser Media Network                             Lafayette, Louisiana

Staff Writer

§ A Gannett Company with two daily newspapers in South Louisiana and a combined Sunday circulation of 50,000.

§ Covers city government, education and general assignments.

§  Reports on difficult issues including desegregation, serial killers, failing schools, political battles and deteriorating school facilities.

§  Covered the effects of hurricanes Gustav and Ike on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.


August 2006 – May 2008                         Columbia Missourian                                              Columbia, Missouri

Copy Editor, Jefferson City Correspondent, Higher Education Reporter

                        §  Edited daily and breaking news for student-run city newspaper; edited on Super Tuesday.                                   §  From the State Capitol covered Missouri’s largest higher education reform in a decade.


August 2007 – December 2007                Los Angeles Times                                                     Washington, D.C.

Washington Bureau Intern

                        §  Covered committee hearings, education issues and wrote in-depth news features

                        §  Assisted veteran reporters with investigative pieces and compiled information using         computer-assisted reporting.


May 2007 – August 2007                              Houston Chronicle                                                       Houston, Texas

Features Intern

                            §  Improved storytelling and interviewing techniques by writing long pieces about volunteer corps, air guitar competitions, Bishop elections and other human interest pieces.


January 2006 – May 2006                               The Maneater                                                      Columbia, Missouri

Staff Writer

                            §  Covered student government, education legislative issues and general university news.

                            §  Named staff writer of the week and received story of the issue on several occasions.


July 2004 – December 2005                               The Daily Cougar                                                    Houston, Texas

News Editor, Senior Staff Writer, Copy Editor, Editorial Assistant, Reporter

                            §  Lead news staff of 45.

                            §  Coordinated coverage of the 1,500 who transferred to UH after being displaced due to                                               Hurricane Katrina; coordinated coverage of Hurricane Rita’s impact on UH.


Professional Organizations

Investigative Reporters and Editors

National Association of Hispanic Journalists, former Vice President of MU Chapter

Education Writers Association


Awards

2013 - 1st Place In-Depth Series, “Hazardous Materials Investigation,” Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association

2013 - 2nd Place In-Depth Series, “St. Landry Jail Overcrowding,” Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association

2013 - 2nd Place Investigative Reporting, “Meth Home Aftermath,” Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association

2013 - 3rd Place Investigative Reporting, “Hazardous Material,” Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association

2013 - KATC Peak Performer, 3rd Quarter

2011 Louisiana Press Association Division 2 awards – 1st Place Best Feature Story

2011 Louisiana Press Association Division 2 awards – 1st Place Best Story Generated by a Public Notice

2011 Louisiana Press Association Division 2 awards – 1st Place Best Community Service

2011 Louisiana Press Association Division 2 awards – 1st Place Best Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event

2011 Gannett third-quarter Awards of Excellence -- 1st Place Outstanding Writing (Division III)

2011 Gannett second-quarter Awards of Excellence -- Watchdog Journalism Finalist (Division III)

2010 Louisiana Press Association Division 2 awards – 1st Place Best Story Generated by a Public Notice

2009 Louisiana Press Association Division 2 awards – 2nd Place Best Continuing Coverage of a Single News

2009 Louisiana Press Association Division 2 awards – 2nd Place Best Feature Story

2009 Louisiana Press Association Division 2 awards – Honorable Mention Best Continuing Coverage of a Single News

2008 Louisiana Federation of Teachers School Bell Award “Excellence in Education Journalism”

 

Professional Development

IRE Computer-Assisted Reporting Bootcamp, August 2014, Ottaway Fellow

Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, June 2013 and June 2014

Education Writers Association National Seminar, April 2011

Society of Professional Journalists Narrative Writing Workshop, February 2011

National Association of Hispanic Journalists 27thAnnual Convention, June 2009

Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media Seminar on Reforming American High Schools, Oct. 2008

 

Academic Publication

Telling The Story: The Convergence of Print, Broadcast and Online Media, The Missouri Group, 2010, 2011 and 2012

                        §  Contributor: “On the Job”

                        § Contributor: “A Case Study of Leads”

 

Education

January 2006 – May 2008                          University of Missouri – Columbia                          Columbia, Missouri

Bachelor of Journalism

News-Editorial Sequence

Dean’s List


July 2004 – December 2005                            University of Houston                                                   Houston, Texas

Transferred before earning Communication degree

Emphasis in Print Journalism