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Tobias (Toby) Salinger

1620 Riggs Place NW Washington, DC 20009 816-721-4037 EDUCATION University of Texas, Austin, Texas, May 2008 B.A. in Humanities, program title Alternative Journalism, G.P.A. 3.91 Academic Honors and Awards: Deans List (Fall 2004-Spring 2007), Phi Beta Kappa member (inducted Spring 2007), Headliners Foundation Journalism Scholarship (Fall 2006 to Spring 2007), Fourth-Year Liberal Arts Honors Scholarship (Spring 2008) Senator Claire McCaskill, Legislative Correspondent, Washington D.C., January 11 Current Assist with response process to constituent mail and legislative research on the issues of civil rights, immigration, government oversight, labor, and postal service. Submit responses for the approval of senior staff to address concerns of constituent inquiries. Responsibilities also include assisting senior staff with vote recommendations for Sen. McCaskill. Senator Claire McCaskill, Staff Assistant, Washington, D.C., October 09 January 11 Operated office switchboard, fielded hundreds of constituent calls every day, worked with press staff to coordinate messaging, and assisted with constituent orders to fly American flags over the Capitol. Responsibilities also included hosting a weekly constituent breakfast, which entailed entertaining guests for twenty to thirty minutes as we waited for Sen. McCaskill to join the group. Senior Executives Association, Administrative Assistant, Washington, D.C., March 09 October 09 Acted as personal assistant to president of a professional association for the Senior Executives Service, the top echelon of career federal officials. Responsibilities included administrative tasks, research on best practices and challenges facing federal officials, coordination of meetings and events, and assistance with production of the monthly newsletter. Senator Claire McCaskill, Intern, Washington, D.C., November 08 March 09 Assisted with administrative tasks and legislative research. Grassroots Campaigns, Inc., Lead Assistant Director, Washington, D.C., July 08 November 08 Ran local fundraising canvass for the Democratic National Committee. Responsibilities included canvassing, staff development, payroll administration, and contribution processing in an office that raised over $1 million for the party. The Texas Observer, Intern, Austin, TX, January 08 May 08 Assisted editorial staff with proofreading, review selections, and submission evaluation. KMBZ 980 Radio Station, Intern, Kansas City, MO, May 04 August 04 Assisted on-air talent with research and administrative tasks. WRITING SAMPLES The Wind Never Blows so Cold Again, a collection of essays about my summer watching Kansas City Royals baseball, written in 2001 and revised in 2005 18 Years Old, a brief novel about attending private high school, written in 2003 Life-Politics, a weekly blog about personal and public affairs, written Fall 2006 to Spring 2007, available As I See It, a guest editorial in the Kansas City Star, ran on March 3, 2007 Americas Heartland, a short novel about a high school race scandal, written as senior thesis Graduation, a poem selected to be recited at the Spring 08 Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony Canvass This!, a memoir-like, self-published novel about the 2008 campaign Cure This!, a fictional, self-published novel about a Capitol Hill staffers personal and political impressions during the health care reform debate and bill passage of 2009-10