Education Fall 2003 – Spring 2008                                     
California State University, Long Beach
B.A. Journalism, B.A. Political Science
Minor in music
Graduated with Cum Laude honors, 3.7 GPA
  •  May 2010 – present                        
    Times Community News                    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Copy Editor
    Fact-checking, proofreading for Times Community News, a division of the Los Angeles Times. I also write a regular music column about the orchestral and classic music scene in our coverage areas, primarily Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. 


  •  Feb. 2010 – May 2010                                                         Hermosa Beach, Calif.
    Freelance Writer / Interim Local Editor
    Writer of business listings, news articles, news features. Acted as interim local editor and did editing, writing, story assignments and photography. Managed weekly and monthly budgets


  • Oct. 2008 – Sept. 2009                          
    Kodiak Daily Mirror          Kodiak, Alaska
    Reporter / Paginator
    General assignment reporter/photographer, including beats on the city council, education/school district, local businesses, Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, Alaskan Wet Dog Race, Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and arts/entertainment. I also do InDesign layout for the inside wire pages. Photography work published The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News


  • Summer 2008                          
    This Week on Martha’s Vineyard          Edgartown, Mass.
    In coordination with publisher, helped manage weekly summer tourist entertainment journalism guide. Duties included editing interns’ work, writing, newspaper distribution and design help.


  • Jan. 2005 – June 2008                           
    Daily 49er                      Long Beach, Calif.
    Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Online Editor, Opinion Editor, Calendar Editor

            Editor in Chief: Managed newsroom of 30 staff members. Under tenure, helped institute major redesigns of print and online versions, as well as a growth in staff and volunteers. Acted as public voice for newspaper and representative on publication board meetings. Also did payroll, general writing, editing and reporting. Paper serves campus of 35,000 students. 10,000 daily circulation.

            Managing Editor: Helped direct newsroom, copy edited for all sections, assisted editors with design and did general reporting. Co-founder and designer of new Daily 49er Web site, Also acted as both managing editor and online editor in the summer of 2006, and portions of fall 2006 and spring 2007.

            Opinion Editor: Wrote two to four unsigned editorials weekly, designed pages, wrote headlines, assigned stories/ideas for the week, copy edited all sections.

            Calendar Editor: Put together a weekly calendar, wrote for all sections.

  • Jan. 2007 – May 2007                       
    Long Beach Press-Telegram          Long Beach, Calif.
    Spring Semester Copy Desk Intern
    Worked on the news copy desk writing headlines, decks, editing wire stories for the mid-sized metropolitan daily newspaper. Paper serves city of nearly 500,000 and 20 surrounding cities. 249,000 daily readership.


Awards Membership in: Tau Kappa Alpha, national honor society for journalism and mass communication; Pi Sigma Alpha, national honor society for political science; Phi Kappa Phi, national honor society for all academic disciplines; Golden Key International Honour Society    

  • CSULB College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Student Award (2005).
  • CSULB Department of Journalism Edison Energy and Environment Award, spring 2006 ($500).
  • Toyota Motorsports / Shav Glick Award scholarship, spring 2007 ($4,400).
  • CSULB Print Journalism Student Graduate of the Year (2008).
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