Digitally Savvy | Energetic | Driven
I am a general assignment sports reporter at cleveland.com in Cleveland, Ohio. My interests range from journalism to innovation. I am also interested in technology, sports, and video editing.
My passion for journalism began when I was teenager living in England. BBC Radio hired me as the lead voice actor for a children’s book called Julian’s Glorious Summer written by Ann Cameron. I was intrigued by the production and it pushed me to earn a degree in broadcast journalism.
In 2007, my career started as a general assignment reporter in Virginia. I have experience as writer, videographer, editor, researcher and content system manager using web and social media tools to share stories and engage with readers.
Sports Reporter, Cleveland.com
Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 2013 to Present
- Write stories as well as shoot and edit videos for a website and two newspapers, The Plain Dealer and Sun News, on a number of sports topics including recruitment, player development and various state and national competitions
- Produce multimedia packages on events such as the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the 2016 NBA Championship, the NBA Playoffs in other years as well as on opening day sessions for the Cleveland Indians and developments with the Cleveland Browns
- Cover high school football and basketball recruitment as well as write enterprise stories on subjects such as a wide receiver playing after having a leg amputated and a cross country runner walking to weekend meets to honor her Jewish faith
- Engage news audiences with on-camera interviews, live streaming and blogging tools as well as with online interactive applications such as polls and slideshows
Sports Editor, Northern Neck News
Warsaw, Va., July 2011 to Dec. 2013
- Wrote for three newspapers on a variety of topics dealing with professional, collegiate and high school athletes and coaches including how sports connect distant family members and international students and how communities preserve their sports history
- Shot and produced photos and videos for news websites; Administered Facebook, Twitter and A.P. mobile applications; Designed newspaper pages and specials
Reporter, Photographer, Associate and Copy Editor, Westmoreland News
Montross, Va., Aug. 2007 to July 2011
- Covered general community news including the emergence of the Westmoreland County Judicial Center and an O’Gara weapons training facility
- Managed a staff of seven people; Shot and edited photos and videos; Designed newspaper pages; Administered the Facebook, Twitter, and A.P. mobile applications
Bowie State University, Bowie, Md.
Bachelors of Arts, Communications, May 2006
Multimedia Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Nikon D40 DSLR Digital Camera, Panasonic DVC Pro, DV and Mini DV cameras
Video Editing: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Videolicious, iMovie
Web Content Management: Moveable Type, WordPress, Brightcove video streaming
AWARDS and ACHIEVEMENTS
Ohio Prep Sportswriters: Place winner sports multimedia video (2015)
Virginia Press Association Awards: Place winner sports multimedia video (2010-2012), sports writing portfolio (2010, 2012) and feature writing portfolio (2012)