Awards & Experience


Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee, Media Award, 2009
Hearst Journalism Awards, Sixth Place Sports Writing, 2008
EPpy Awards, Best Collegiate Newspaper Web site, 2008
Society of Professional Journalists, Region 12, First Place Online Feature Reporting, Second Place Feature Writing, 2007


Currently the Managing Director of JKSCommunications in Chicago, Ill. Coordinating team members and overseeing author campaigns to promote authors and their work through media outlets and public appearances.

Currently freelancing for various news outlets including National Geographic and Pioneer Press / Sun-Times Media in Chicago, Ill. Writing feature, investigative, entertainment and other news stories.

(2009) Online manager for Produced and edited content, managed Facebook fan page, designed advertisements.

(2009) Gubernatorial campaign staffer for The Committee to Elect Ward Cammack, Nashville, Tenn. Drafted communications, booked media appearances and interviews, took photos, shot and edited video.

(2008) Reporter at The Tennessean with a circulation of approximately 150,000. Wrote community news for two weekly zoned editions of the full paper, contributed stories to the paper’s Features, Travel and Sports sections, and shot video for

(2007-2008) Correspondent/intern at USA TODAY with a circulation of 2.1 million. Wrote about national trends through the news department. As an intern, contributed news, sports and life stories through the enterprise department.

(2007) Intern with Gannett News Service. Covered Congressional hearings; wrote news stories for regional papers across the nation.

(2005-2008) Managing editor/online editor/reporter for The Daily Reveille, Louisiana State University’s student newspaper. Produced video and audio slideshows for online edition that gained between 20,000 and 40,000 page views a day. Managed staff of 90 student employees, edited all material for print and online editions. As a reporter, wrote daily for the print edition and blogged for

(2005) Copy Editor for The Marksville Weekly News. Edited news, sports and opinion copy; designed page layouts.

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