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Self-motivated multimedia journalist committed to teamwork and producing high-quality journalism.

August 2013-present Reporter & Photographer, The Missouri Times (weekly political newspaper) in Jefferson City Covered Missouri state politics on a daily and weekly basis for The Missouri Times website and newspaper. Reported education issues, legislation and state associations. Utilized live coverage through Twitter to cover political press conferences and events held by the governor, attorney general and the speaker of the house. September 2013-present Reporter, Photographer & Designer, Sine Die Magazine (political magazine) Wrote feature stories on politicians, lobbyists and others involved in Missouri state politics, and photographed these people for the stories. Designed the entire magazine that featured Q&A, top 5 and lengthy stories. July 2013-present Freelance Photographer, Webster-Kirkwood Times, South County Times & West End Word Photographed a variety of people and events for these three weekly community newspapers in the St. Louis region. Assignments included: World Nake Bike Ride, the last day at the Webster Groves pool and the St. Louis Balloon race. May 2012-August 2012 Intern, The Telegraph (daily community newspaper) in Alton, Illinois Wrote general assignment stories including daily news stories, business features, general news stories, profiles and features for the Accent section. Shadowed news reporter, Sanford Schmidt, while he reported on Madison County court cases. Intern, St. Louis Magazine January 2013-May 2013 Produced general assignment stories for culture, dining, health and entertainment blogs on Contributed feature stories for the print publications St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Family Magazine and At Home Magazine. The Journal (weekly student newspaper at Webster University) June 2012-May 2013 Editor-in-Chief Acted as the final decision maker in ethical situations to determine content in The Journal. Communicated with readers (this includes administration, staff, faculty, students, the community, etc.) on content in The Journal and handled any grievances. Focused on the staff s goals covering hard news and community news, producing an error-free news- paper, showcasing the best photography, etc. Managing Editor January 2012-May 2012 Oversaw the operation of The Journal and continuously communicated with the editors to create an efficient and collaborative work environment. Acted as layout and design editor for the front page and edited copy. Lifestyle Editor January 2011-December 2011 Designed the lifestyle section with an emphasis on photography and strong feature stories. Motivated and managed staff writers and edited their copy. August 2011-May 2013 Staff Photographer Photographed for the news, lifestyle and sports sections. This lead to shooting theatrical plays, sporting events, environmental portraits and major events such as St. Louis parade for Iraq War veterans in 2012. Staff Writer Pitched and wrote news, lifestyle, sports stories and opinion pieces. January 2010-December 2010

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B.A. in Journalism at Webster University Graduated May 2013 WebsterLEADS certificate


Associated Collegiate Press (2013) Finalist for a Pacemaker (2012-2013 staff of The Journal, four-year non-daily broadsheet) Region 7 SPJ Mark of Excellence First and third place, feature photography (2012-2013) Second place, feature photography (2011-2012) Second place, sports photography (2011-2012) Associated Collegiate Press, Best of the Midwest (2011-2012) First place, news photography Second place, feature writing Second place, multimedia package

Best of the Great Plains (2011) Finalist, Student Writer and Photographer of the Year Missouri Collegiate Media Association Two-time Photojournalist of the Year (2011 & 2012) First place, feature writing (2011) Second place, sports photography (2011) First place, sports photography (2012) Second place, news photography (2012) Second place, front page design (2012) Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference Missouris 2009 Female Scholar