June 2013 – Present
Writing a mix of breaking news and analysis for a daily wire service. Overseeing social media, growing Twitter following from 13,000 to 33,000 and Facebook fans from 3,000 to 6,000. Monitoring and targeting trends, social media and blogs to boost traffic and engagement. Launched video podcast interviewing leaders who are influencing religion.
October 2012 – Present
Covered religion through multimedia, including videos, articles and slideshows. Helped steer editorial and social media direction.
August 2008 – September 2012
Cover religion news, edit, and produce content for web and print that includes videos and slideshows for 140,000 circulation magazine. Created and currently manage daily news blog, politics blog and women’s blog. Write headlines for the Web and manage social media. Interview subjects have included Barack Obama, Billy Graham, Condoleezza Rice, Tim Pawlenty, James Dobson, Mike Huckabee and Rick Warren. Assignments have included Germany, Haiti and national travel.
November 2009 – Present
Analyze news 2-3 times/week, correspond with religion writers, cultivate online community for premier site for mainstream religion news critique.
Columnist, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Ind.
February 2011 – Present
Contribute a monthly column analyzing the current cultural and political climate.
State Desk intern at The Columbus Dispatch
May 2008 – August 2008
Wrote news and features as part of the state desk and religion staff for 200,000 circulation newspaper. Created the religion section’s weekly podcast. Regularly contributed to the religion blog.
May 2007 – August 2007
Wrote news and features as part of the metro staff of a 90,000-circulation daily newspaper. Learned the basics of crime beat, courts and military coverage. Many on Metro front and A1. Produced videos for the Web.
August 2004 – May 2007
Managed a 16-person editorial staff for a 3,400-circulation weekly newspaper. Launched the paper’s first Web site and created its first comprehensive stylebook.
Metro intern at Naperville Sun
May 2006 – August 2006
Covered general assignment for 20,000-circulation daily newspaper, including an Chicago Headline Club award-nominated piece on a major car crash. Several A1 stories, and picked up by sister newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times.
May 2005 – August 2005
Reported education, crime, and city government stories for 5,000-circulation daily newspaper.
2004 – 2008
Activities: The Wheaton Record newspaper, symphony orchestra, WETN radio, Tower yearbook
Religion Newswriters Association, finalist for magazine reporting, 2011 and 2012
Religion Newswriters Association, second place for Chandler award, 2009
Evangelical Press Association, three awards for reporting, interview and photo feature, 2008
Finalist for deadline report, Peter Lisagor Award, (Chicago chapter) Society of Professional Journalists, 2007
First place for advertisement design, Illinois Collegiate Press Association, 2008
Honorable mention for photo essay, Illinois Collegiate Press Association, 2007
Third place for feature story, Illinois Collegiate Press Association, 2006
Honorable mention for news story, Illinois Collegiate Press Association, 2005
Honorable mention for feature story, Midwest College Newspaper Convention, 2005
Third place award for news story, Indiana Collegiate Press Association, 2003
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