My Reporting Journey (RESUME)



Mountain View, CA ▪ (650) 888-2765

Newsroom Leader | Multimedia Specialist | Social Media Strategist | Creative Storytelling

Multimedia manager, reporter, editor and digital news strategist with 15 years of journalism experience and proven success in planning and executing all aspects of editorial productions. Formulate overall news vision and coverage plans from conception to delivery, including developing compelling storylines with cross-platform collaboration, crafting strong multimedia, and creating a holistic digital programming plan that includes top-notch social media and audience strategies. Newsroom leadership roles include managing a team of freelance reporters at Edelman and developing news framework and strategies, storylines and beats for clients; temporary digital lead at CNN.Com International (as well as serving as a de facto features editor), chief correspondent of AP Cambodia office, and eight years of running daily news desks at AP and AFP. I am currently producing a short documentary.

Industry Strengths

Experienced Newsroom Leader ▪ Editorial Planning & Management ▪ Project Management ▪ Client Management ▪ Proven Ability Working with Range of Staff (Veterans to Interns) ▪ Reporting, Writing, Producing & Editing (includes Investigative, Enterprise & Daily) ▪ Social Media Strategy (SEO, Distribution & Amplification) ▪ Predictive Analytics ▪ Audio, Video and Photography Production and Editing ▪ TV (On-Air Interviews, Writing Broadcast Copy) ▪ Multi-Disciplinary Team Collaboration ▪ Overseas Experience (10+ years in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean) ▪ Fluent in French, Proficient in Spanish and Cambodian ▪ Strong News Judgment and Awareness of Journalistic Ethics & Standards

Technology Toolbox

Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere, Photoshop, Audition) ▪ Sound Forge ▪ Final Cut Pro ▪ Omniture ▪ Lexis-Nexis ▪ Accurint ▪ PACER ▪ Guidestar ▪ Github ▪ Bootstrap ▪ Basic Tableau Data Visualization ▪ AP Style ▪ MS Office Suite ▪ Experience with various Content Management Systems

Professional Experience

Edelman, San Francisco
Collaborative Journalism, Editor, April 2015-present
I work with brands to craft their overall news vision and narrative: from defining content strategies and identifying target audiences to developing unique stories and managing a team of reporters to execute them. I ‘think’ multiplatform, creating video, blogs, graphics, interactives and photos that can be easily packaged for earned media and various owned channels, including social. Achievements include successful launches of three Medium publications, a video series on YouTube and an employee stories program on LinkedIn, and starting a newsroom for a client’s owned blog.

NBC News Digital (formerly msnbc.com), New York/San Francisco
Senior Reporter, Jan. 2011-March 2015
From breaking news to enterprise, my major areas of on-the-scene coverage included: the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Superstorm Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Aurora movie theater attack, the Newtown school shooting and the Moore tornadoOccupy Wall Street; immigrationfood insecurity and poverty, and the LGBT community’s struggle for equal rights. I had many exclusives, particularly on the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gays, and a three-part series I co-wrote investigating FEMA’s flood mapping practices led to a FBI inquiry. Planned coverage from start to finish, including digital, TV and social media strategy; served as a TV commentator.

CNN.com International, Hong Kong
Acting Supervising Editor, July 2010- Dec. 2010
I managed the staff, assigning writers to stories and producers to sections of the website. I also collaborated with the CNN network in Asia and leadership in Atlanta to plan daily and long-term coverage and special reports.

Digital Producer, Oct. 2008-July 2010
With TV teams and freelancers in Asia as well as editors in London and Atlanta, I produced, edited and reported breaking news, enterprise stories and special projects for the website, including coverage of Cambodia’s genocide tribunal and the 5th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami.

Agence France-Presse, Hong Kong
Editor, Asia news desk, Sept. 2007-Sept. 2008
Edited stories from across Asia, translated copy from French into English, liaised with photos and multimedia departments about coverage; reported stories and worked as a desk supervisor.

The Associated Press
Newswoman, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 2005-May 2007
Reported on the initial prisoner hearings at Guantanamo Bay from the site; worked as a desk supervisor and with stringers from the Caribbean (assigning and editing) copy, and used French and Spanish language skills to report stories.
Chief Correspondent, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sept. 2003-Nov. 2005
Covered the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami for three weeks out of Thailand in the initial aftermath and again from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, for the six-month anniversary. In Cambodia, I wrote about land disputes, the garment sector, refugees, the Khmer Rouge, Mekong River issues, culture and politics. Planned editorial coverage, managed the bureau’s administrative needs and occasionally oversaw the Southeast Asia bureau in Bangkok on short-term assignments.
Newswoman, Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 2002-Sept. 2003
Major highlights include reporting on the state’s growing Hispanic population and also the battle against meth (and the rise of the soccer mom-turned-drug dealer). I also worked as a day supervisor, wrote sports and broadcast copy, and liaised with AP members.
Newswoman, Miami, July 2001-Jan. 2002
Covered the anthrax attack on The National Enquirer among other 9/11-related stories out of Florida. I also worked as an overnight desk supervisor and wrote broadcast copy.
Editorial assistant, International Desk, New York, Feb. 2000-July 2001
I wrote features for the national, sports and arts wires, and I worked with editors to research stories. I also trained on the national business desk for two months.


Recognition & Awards
26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, 2015
Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia. Finalist for a GLAAD award for my months-long enterprise story: “Left Behind: LGBT Homeless Youth Struggle to Survive on the Streets.”

Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors awards, 2003
Explanatory, Investigative, General Enterprise: Second place for “Hispanic newspaper war”
Spot News: Shared second place with other AP staff for “Bodies found,” coverage of 11 dead migrant workers found in a rail car.

Master of Science in Journalism — Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts – Major in History — UC Berkeley

Certificates & Courses
Digital Media Skills Certificate Course — Advanced Media Institute, UC Berkeley
Podcasting: Telling Stories in Sound — Advanced Media Institute, UC Berkeley
Digital Storytelling — Hong Kong University
Fundamentals of Sight and Sound: Documentary — New York University


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