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EXPERIENCE |  Freelance Journalist | Various | August 2008 – Present

  • Copy-edit manuscripts, columns and blogs for various clients (2014 – 2015).
  • Produce original video pieces for online publication at regional news agencies and for personal use (2010 – 2016).
  • Report and write freelance articles for online publication at national and regional news agencies (2008 – 2015).

Texas Education Agency | Information Specialist | Austin, TX | January 2014 – Present

  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Agency and the Commissioner of Education, interacting daily with reporters to provide content for local, regional and national publications.
  • Write and edit news releases, talking points and other written material produced within the division and Agency.
  • Lead Agency’s social media activities, including creating original daily posts on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Shoot and edit original video content for the Agency’s YouTube account and other publications, such as The Washington Post (April 2015).
  • Monitor and support activities of the State Board of Education and the State Board for Educator Certification.

KLTV-TV (ABC)  Video Journalist  |  Tyler, TX  |  August 2011 – December 2013

  • Pitched, reported, shot, wrote and edited daily original pieces for all newscasts.
  • Covered breaking news for live broadcast and specialized in political, education and feature reporting.
  • Published web stories and managed social media accounts to connect with viewers and promote newscasts.

Oakland North  |  Reporter  |  Oakland, CA  |  August 2009 – May 2011

  • Pitched, reported, wrote and produced print, photography, video and multimedia projects for, a hyperlocal website covering North Oakland.

KTVU Channel 2 News  Political Intern  |  Oakland, CA  |  May – September 2010

  • Field-produced Political Editor Randy Shandobil’s daily political coverage, including the June 2010 primaries and the September 2010 KTVU – San Francisco Chronicle U.S. Senate Debate.

Informing Change  |  Publications Associate and Project Assistant  |  Berkeley, CA  |  July 2008 – July 2009

  • Served as the company’s main editor and last eyes for all project deliverables.
  • Created and designed charts and graphs for reports using original data compiled for each client.
  • Managed all communications, including scheduling workflow, for 15 external projects simultaneously.
  • Spearheaded a major redesign of the company website and wrote and distributed the company newsletter.


John Edwards for President  |  Scheduling Intern  |  May – July 2007
Office of Tex. Rep. Bob E. Griggs  Legislative Aide  |  January 2005 – June 2006
Office of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison  Special Projects Intern  |  February – April 2006


The University of California at Berkeley  |  Master of Journalism  May 2011
The University of Texas at Austin  |  B.S., Communication Studies: Political Communication  |  B.A., English  |  May 2008


Computer: PC/Mac; Microsoft Office; Final Cut Pro; Edius; Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator and AfterEffects; WordPress; HTML; CSS

Video: Sony DSR570 and HPX500; Panasonic PD170, HPX170 and AG-AC160AP; Canon 70D, 7D and Rebel series

Social Networking: Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; Vimeo; YouTube; LinkedIn; Pinterest