Synopsis

·       Professional editor and writer with highly valued communications skills and the ability to identify and define key issues so that they resonate with audiences

·       Creative talent who delivers next-level ideas, polished presentation and a love of collaboration

·       Enthusiastic, detail-oriented project manager who is skillful in managing complex projects with many stakeholders from ideation to final product while adhering to deadlines and budgetary demands

·   Savvy manager with mentoring talent; experience with both staff and freelance employees; ability to gracefully balance internal and external expectations 

EXPERIENCE

CHICAGO TRIBUNE 

Editor/Writer 2007-present

As a highly regarded voice at the Tribune, regularly write in-depth enterprise stories and profiles on topics that range from health care, non-profits, community service and issues such as the rights of the disabled to music, art and culture — and even the surprising sport of catching really tiny fish.  Coming up with original ideas, researching with a passion and finding the perfect way to convey stories that will move readers is the process that fuels my work.  Our online-first publishing model means I target my work to online audiences and have a nuanced sense of how to engage those readers as well as a clear understanding of metrics, promotion of ideas and stories via social media channels, online video storytelling and matching the best medium to each message.

Trib Magazine Editor  2009-2017

Edited and produced the Tribune's highest-quality editorial product, Trib magazine, from idea generation and concept for each print and online issue through production of finished content. As the lead on this project, I held broad creative, budgetary, staffing, and deadline control; worked with multiple departments; helped concept and create additional video, visual and online elements and ensured that all copy was accurate and met a high standard for voice and sophistication. In addition, helped to create concept, visuals and copy for presentations and marketing materials for the magazine, which were used to communicate both to in-house departments and to clients.

 PEOPLE MAGAZINE

Midwest Bureau Chief 1997 - 2007

Promoted to lead coverage and manage staff and freelance reporters in 14 Midwest states and parts of Canada for the nation’s largest-circulation magazine with a readership of 28 million — the youngest person ever to hold one of the publication’s 6 bureau chief positions. Built a reputation for solid news judgment, graceful managerial presence and dedication. In addition, was the point person on high-level negotiations for ongoing coverage of Oprah Winfrey and Nashville's country music business, managing relationships which were worth millions of dollars to the magazine in resulting cover sales. 

Reporter 1988-1997

While still completing school, became a correspondent covering stories throughout the Southeast.  General assignments included major crime and court cases, profiles of people like the NRA’s Marion Hammer and the tale of a 23-foot python that was discovered living underneath a South Florida home. 

EDUCATION

University of Miami, BS Journalism

Stanford University Professional Publishing Course

OTHER

Past board member, Chicago Headline Club, Society of Professional Journalists