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Experience and Awards

2015 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting, with Seattle Times staff

I contributed to the coverage that won The Seattle Times staff the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting in 2015. For more on what that experience was like, read my Q&A with the Las Vegas Sun and UNLV News.

Dean’s list, 2008-2012

  • Brian Greenspun and Ned Day Memorial scholarships
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Tau Alpha honor societies

Content strategist/site editor – Metropolitan Transportation Authority

December 2019 - present

I’m on the digital services team at the MTA, where we work to make new.mta.info and the MYmta apps more rider-centric. We’re the first in-house team to manage distinct digital products, following along-established workflow of depending on contractors for this work.

I write, edit, and oversee the creation of content on the MTA site, with a focus on helping our readers get the information they’re looking for. I work with developers on new features for the site and CMS, and I strategize around content and design with our UX designer and product manager. I also meet with stakeholders across the 50,000-person organization to gather requirements, manage expectations, and deliver exceptional products.

Production Editor — ProPublica

January 2018 – December 2019

I managed ProPublica’s story production team and oversaw daily story and newsletter production. I ran the organization’s editorial calendar, with our managing editor and standards editor, and continually evaluated tools and processes to ensure smooth publishing workflow.

I assembled cross-team, collaborative groups to execute large editorial projects. And I worked with ProPublica’s platform team to develop and test new features for the site and CMS.

I also hired and art-directed freelance photographers and illustrators, and I coached story producers on the same.

Lead Producer — ProPublica

March 2017 – January 2018

I supervised ProPublica’s growing team of web producers, ensuring that daily publishing ran smoothly. I helped plan and execute special projects, coached producers on hiring freelance photographers and editors and continued to oversee documentation efforts.

Web Producer — ProPublica

September 2014 – March 2017

I found visuals for and published stories to ProPublica.org and worked with our design director, David Sleight, on the general look and feel of the site. I chipped in on photo and vector illustrations and hired freelance photographers and illustrators as needed.

I also helped organize ProPublica’s digital tools and generally handled whatever on the site needed doing. And I happily served as an on-demand copy editor when time permitted.

Associate Producer — The Seattle Times

August 2012 – August 2014

I curated headlines and photography on the Seattle Times homepage, choosing photos to feature and handcrafting web headlines and summaries. I worked with editors and section producers on story play, and I designed and produced special layouts for big projects. I also edited wire stories and managed social media accounts as needed.

I trained several new producers to run the homepage and often helped reporters and editors with WordPress, Twitter, Tweetdeck and other digital tools.

Calling the Washington governor’s race, November 2012. 📸: Joni Balter

Copy-Editing Intern — The Seattle Times

June 2012 – August 2012

As an intern on the news desk, I copy-edited stories, wrote headlines and followed up with the homepage producer on duty to make sure web metadata for each story was correct.

Editing, Reporting Intern — Stephens Media

August 2011 – April 2012

I edited blog posts and calendar entries for the Best of Las Vegas website and occasionally wrote stories on Cirque du Soleil and other parts of the entertainment industry.

Do-All Intern — Channel Signal

May 2011 – August 2011

At Channel Signal, a social-media-monitoring company in Park City, Utah, I sifted through thousands of social-media posts a day and worked with an analyst to extract insight for clients. I created monthly reports for clients in Adobe InDesign, wrote and edited blog posts and researched new digital tools.

Wearer of All Hats — Las Vegas Dance Insider

September 2010 – May 2012

I maintained my own blog about the dance scene in Las Vegas for two years in college. I reported on events, wrote reviews, shot photos, handled blog production … and aced all my classes. A favorite post of mine: What it’s like to audition for Cirque du Soleil

See the blog

Freelance Reporter — Desert Companion magazine, QVegas Magazine, more

June 2010 – May 2012

General news, some arts writing.

Sample clip: The art of commerce (Desert Companion magazine)

Senior Copy Editor — The Rebel Yell

May 2010 – November 2010

I edited copy and worked with section editors on headlines for the semiweekly undergrad student newspaper at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Staff Writer — The Rebel Yell

October 2009 – April 2010

Covered general news and features

Education

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Bachelor of arts in journalism and media studies; summa cum laude