I have covered a range of beats for an assortment of news outlets from Texas to New York. Over the years, I have come to specialize in reporting breaking news, editing community news and packaging stories for web publication. My storytelling and photography abilities have also developed predominantly because of major stories I’ve had the chance to cover, including: the war in Ukraine, COVID-19 pandemic, and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
Breaking News Reporter | UPI
November 2021 to Present
I have written hundreds of stories reaching millions of readers on a range of topics, including international news. I heavily reported on the war in Ukraine and other major national news including the overturning of Roe vs. Wade. I wrote headlines for my stories, packaged them for web, and at times edited other reporters.
Breaking News Reporter | Daily Mail
January 2021 to September 2021
I wrote more than 800 articles on breaking news and other topics, including exclusive interviews, reaching tens of millions of readers. I conducted original reporting while enhancing other aggregation stories by finding new information. I wrote the headlines for my stories and built them out in the content management system with photos and videos selected with the photo team.
Breaking News Reporter, Contract | The Sun
August 2020 to January 2021
I aggregated breaking news stories from other outlets and reported new stories with original reporting, writing as many as eight stories a day each day that I worked.
Web Producer | New York Post
April 2019 to July 2020
I produced stories for nypost.com and pagesix.com, which entailed headline writing, photo selection, copyediting and adding embeds as well as relevant links and media while following SEO best practices. I wrote more than 200 stories for print and web, where my stories received more than 10 million page views and were featured on the home pages of the print newspaper and website. I also scheduled posts for social media and flagged breaking news to editors.
Part-Time Breaking News Runner | New York Post
Jan. 2019 to April 2019
I reported from NYC streets on breaking news and exclusive stories, coordinating with photographers, print and web production editors while in the field. I cold-called and door-knocked witnesses, victims, and businesses for interviews and often took my own photos and videos that were published with my stories.
Breaking News Reporter, Freelance | New York Daily News
March 2016 to Jan. 2019
I reported on breaking news and exclusive stories, coordinating with photographers, print and web production editors while in the field. I cold-called and door-knocked witnesses, victims, and businesses for interviews. I often took photos and videos that were published with my stories and my stories were at times featured on the front page of the print newspaper and website.
Editor, Georgetown | Community Impact Newspaper
Feb. 2017 to May 2017
My work for this suburban Austin monthly newspaper included: setting story budgets and assignments, writing news stories primarily centered on city and county government, and line-editing and copyediting stories from reporters. I also shot photos for my stories, wrote headlines, selected story placement in the newspaper, and produced stories for web publication.
Trending News Curator | Facebook
May 2016 to Sept. 2016
I verified trending news authenticity, accuracy and newsworthiness. I wrote headlines and summaries for major news items that were then displayed to millions of Facebook users. I also ensured that trending news items I worked on adhered to strict news values with integrity.
Interim Editor-in-Chief | Lewisville Texan Journal
Feb. 2016 to July 2016
I gave assignments to freelancers and contributors, as well as edited all content. I also wrote news stories and shot photos, prepared content for print and web publication, and helped guide the paper in its web and social growth.
Editor | The Dallas Morning News
July 2014 to Jan. 2016
I was the editor of a weekly community news section inserted into home deliveries of The Dallas Morning News in southern Denton and northwest Dallas Counties – serving a population of 750,000 potential readers. The neighborsgo insert, which averaged 40 pages per week, no longer exists but included stories on local politics, breaking news, business news, entertainment news and sports. I wrote stories, edited staff and contributor stories, and packaged stories for print and online publication. I also shot photos and videos and created graphics.
Researcher | Dallas Business Journal
Sept. 2013 to Jan. 2014
In this extended internship, I created lists for the DBJ Book of Lists and weekly publications ranking businesses by researching company information and financial statements. I also helped design surveys provided to area businesses and assisted the research editor in writing analyses of the results. I connected with industry experts to result information accuracy and relevance. I also helped the publication grow its online presence.
B.F.A. in Studio Art | CUNY Brooklyn College
August 2021 to Present
My degree is in progress. I have so far maintained a 4.0 GPA and have been placed on the academic Dean’s List.
M.J. in Journalism | University of North Texas
Jan. 2013 to May 2015
I received a Master of Journalism degree from the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, as well as designation as a Mayborn Scholar — which came with a $10,000 scholarship.
B.A. in Music | Lubbock Christian University
Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2012
This degree came with a business concentration; and I also received minors in international studies and English. While a student, I received Honors Scholar and Dean’s List recognition. My activities included choir, acting in theater productions, serving as an officer for Koinonia Men’s Social Club and serving as editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Duster Today.
Study Abroad | Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina
Aug. 2011 to Dec. 2011
I lived with a host family in Florianopolis, for this International Study Abroad program to take classes in Portuguese, consumer behavior, economics, and Brazilian culture and tourism.