Megan Cloherty

television & new media journalist
www.megancloherty.com megancloherty@gmail.com

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An award-winning journalist with eight years experience anchoring & reporting daily and breaking news Comfortable delivering conversational live-shots & exceptionally adept at covering breaking news with an accurate and calm demeanor Fast and creative writer with experience in national & local newsrooms A team player who does what it takes to get the story done well

Skills
• • • • Relating to people and getting the best out of interviewees Strong, confident, demonstrative live-shots Making the story matter to viewers on air and online Earning my Masters in Interactive Journalism, which includes media law, online social marketing, digital media coverage, production & online storytelling

Professional Experience
WTOP FM - Washington, DC Digital Content Manager/Reporter -Report stories both on air and online in multi-platform format -Contribute editorially to multiple daily online editions of WTOP.com -Monitor on air content, liveshots, sports and wires to keep site up to date 02/2012 to present

WRC News 4 - Washington, DC Sports Dept. 07/2011 to 02/2012 Part-Time Reporter/Producer -Responsible for covering Redskins locker room, covering features and breaking news off air -Wrote and edited highlights for three daily sportscasts and Sunday evening sports show -Produced live sportscast and make editorial decisions in the control room CNN Newsource - Washington, DC 03/2011 to 06/2011 Freelance Reporter -Covered national stories for local affiliates across the country -Engaged in live talk backs with morning show hosts -Handled breaking news at the national level decisively and urgently to get content to affiliates Selected Accomplishments/Stories: -Covered the Osama Bin Laden raid -Delivered breaking content on the Arnold Schwarzenegger affair -Covered the unfolding story of the Mississippi flooding and kept it current and relevant to a national audience WDAF FOX 4 NEWS - Kansas City, MO General Assignment Reporter - Nightside Generated exclusive stories, routinely devised my own active stand-ups & live shots 01/2007 to 09/2010

Selected Accomplishments/Stories: -First on the scene to cover the George Tiller murder; I asked my photographer to pull over upon hearing the suspect vehicle description which afforded us the exclusive video of the suspect that made national news -Went live for stations across the country after a suspect fired shots inside and around a city mall -Turned a package, two live-shots and vo/sot a day minimum -Delivered relevant, sourced, interesting story ideas daily -Featured as one of the stations top political reporters during elections -Asked for specifically by Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser to break news & exclusive coverage Weekend Anchor Fill-In During my and my co-anchor's seven months on the desk we saw a significant ratings increase
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Selected Accomplishments/Stories: -Anchored two and 1/2 hours of newscasts every weekend day for 7 months, including November sweeps period -Turned packages while on my anchoring shift to help bolster weekend content KDRV (ABC) NEWSWATCH 12 - Medford, OR 08/2004 to 12/2006 General Assignment Reporter Pitched, shot, wrote, edited and delivered two stories daily for 6:30p and 11p newscasts Selected Accomplishments/Stories: -As sole nightside reporter, I often turned three stories a day and covered breaking news -Covered local government and elections, including a sweeps series profiling local candidates -Chosen to cover presidential, gubernatorial and congressional visits -6pm & 11pm anchor during May book while main anchor on maternity leave, while maintaining my reporting shift -Kept sources in government and healthcare for the most part across our multi-county demographic -Shot and linear edited all my own stories Weekend Anchor/Producer Anchored and produced weekend shows for more than two years Selected Accomplishments/Stories: -Solely responsible for the editorial content of the show, I assigned, wrote and stacked two half-hour newscasts both Saturday and Sundays -Eight months of my two years I had a co-anchor, the rest I solo anchored four shows a weekend -Created the highest-rated weekend newscasts in station history -As manager on duty, I was responsible for getting the newscast on the air and making tough calls -Timed shows from the desk, while anchoring -Periodically had to do weather forecasts, edit vo/sots and handle technical issues during my shift

Internships
-House of Representatives Radio-Television Gallery awarded through then-RTNDA -CBS London 05/04 to 08/04 01/03 to 04/03

Technology
-Software: Dalet, iNews, ENPS, Final Cut Pro, Audacity, Audition, Keynote and linear editing -Web/Multimedia: Web design, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Socrata, Sound Slides, WordPress

Education
American University Washington, DC Master of Arts, Interactive Journalism University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Journalism May 2012 December 2003

References
Amy Eisman Mark Hatfield Sam Atwell Jamey Graydon Jeff Bardach Director, Weekend Program News Director Assignment Editor Director, D.C. bureau Executive Producer American University KDRV Newswatch 12 WDAF Fox 4 News CNN Newsource WDAF, now KWTV (202) 885-2106 (541) 773-1212 (913) 963-4175 (404) 291-0994 (317) 292-3675

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