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Lauren Leone-Cross


University of Illinois Springfield August 2012 to June 2013
Public Affairs Reporting Masters Degree

Southern Illinois University Carbondale January 2010 to May 2012
Bachelors Degree of Science (Journalism)

John A. Logan College August 2007 to May 2009
Carterville, Illinois
Associates Degree


Shaw Media January 2014 to present
Joliet, Illinois

Primary beat reporter for Will County government, state and national issues
Coverage includes everything from regional transportation issues, breaking news, crime, politics and education

Responsibilities include:
Interviewing people in a wide range of circumstances
Posting multiple breaking news updates to main website and social media sites
Building contacts and sources

GateHouse Media, Inc. January 2013 to present
Springfield, Illinois
Statehouse Reporter, General Assignments

Covered the state legislature from January until June as part of a one-year master's program
Worked independently in presenting digital, print and social media for breaking news
Interviewed key legislators, state officials, and political experts on a variety of topics such as the budget, education,
pension reform, gay marriage, and concealed-carry
Joined news staff as a full-time police beat and general assignments reporter
Coverage included everything from suburban school board meetings and city council to crime and breaking news
Utilized social media to present live coverage; captured photos and video as needed

St. Louis Beacon May 2012 to August 2012
St. Louis, Missouri
Intern Reporter, Photographer

Daily online, non-profit news organization dedicated to presenting information through innovative community interaction
and involvement
Beats included arts and entertainment, human interest, historic building preservation, and local election coverage
Used video, photography and audio skills to create mixed media pieces

Southern Illinois University Carbondale - School of Journalism April 2012 to July 2012
Graphic Designer
"4:56 a.m. The Story Of The Feb. 29, 2012 Tornado"

Responsible for books design and layout
Created, exported, and packaged InDesign Book templates, assisted in copy editing captions and additional content
alongside eight-person team

The Daily Egyptian Newspaper March 2010 to May 2012
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Daily newspaper with a circulation of 20,000 distributed to universitys campus, Carbondale and surrounding areas

Opinion Editor, Graphic Designer (January 2012 to May 2012)
Design Chief, Reporter, Copy Editor (August 2011 to December 2011)
Campus Editor, Reporter (May 2011 to August 2011)
Photojournalist (January 2011 to May 2011)
Assistant Campus Editor, Reporter (August 2010 to December 2010)
Copy Editor/Graphic Designer (March 2010 to May 2010)

As desk editor, my responsibilities included reporting, organizing weekly story budgets; creating and editing headlines,
deckheads and leads; assigning and overseeing assignments; mentoring new reporters; editing stories; adhering to AP
Style; and interviewing campus and city administrators
As reporter, my beats included higher education, budget policies, performance-based funding, and political and social


Proficient knowledge in Zope, SaxoTech, WordPress, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Bridge CS4/CS5, Microsoft Office

James E. Armstrong Scholarship -- Monetary Scholarship (2013)
1st Place -- Editorial Dailies -- Illinois College Press Association (2013)
Illinois Press Foundation -- Monetary Scholarship (2012)
3rd Place -- Front Page Design -- Illinois College Press Association (2012)
Outstanding Journalist Award -- John A. Logan College (2009)


Erin Orr
Managing Editor
State Journal-Register
Springfield, IL

Doug Finke
Statehouse Reporter & Bureau Chief
State Journal-Register
Springfield, IL

Charles Wheeler
Professor, Public Affairs Reporting Graduate Program
University of Illinois Springfield