Résumé

Education

American University – Washington, D.C.

B.A., Journalism; International Studies – Middle East/Global Security
Cum Laude
3.68 GPA
August 2009 – May 2013

University of Haifa – Haifa, Israel

Non-degree; study abroad
Journalism/Middle East Studies
September 2011 – January 2012

Relevant Experience

Inside Health Policy – Arlington, Va.
Associate Editor
December 2014-present

  • Write daily stories on Affordable Care Act implementation that closely follow policymaking at HHS, Treasury, Congress, etc., as well as U.S. Supreme Court cases and health industry players (around 350 to date)
  • Chronicle Healthcare.gov and state exchange enrollment, budgets, and responses to technology and policy failures
  • Compile “In the States” policy section of weekly Health Exchange Alert issue
  • Edit at least 15 articles a week, often final copy editing
  • Publish stories from Hill hearings, policy briefings on a quick turnaround
  • Build close ties with top health officials nationwide

The Frederick News-Post – Frederick, Md.
First, second place in education reporting – 2014 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Editorial Awards
Education Reporter
May 2013-December 2014

  • Established consistent coverage of county PreK-12 system, three colleges, private schools, Board of Education; other topics as assigned – approx. 30 articles per month
  • Led newsroom coverage of county graduations, back-to-school season
  • Created searchable databases and spreadsheets from school records
  • Wrote breaking news/on short night deadlines during meetings, general and primary elections, cops shifts, etc.
  • Shot, processed photos
  • Engaged local education, business, political communities and area families on Twitter, Facebook

The Washington Post – Washington, D.C.
Local Intern
January 2012-May 2013

  • Researched, reported and wrote general assignment news/feature articles, published in print and online
  • Multiple bylines and contributions on A1 and B1
  • Packaged photos, videos and graphics for use with articles
  • Coordinated Web publishing for American University student-contributed articles on neighborhood life
  • Frequent contributions to The Buzz, Crime Scene, other news blogs
  • Liveblog producer for 2013 Presidential Inauguration
  • Reported from the field/on short night deadlines during 2012 general and primary elections, Hurricane Sandy, space shuttle Discovery landing

The Eagle – Washington, D.C.
National Winner, Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper (Medium)
2012 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award

Senior Staff Writer; Copy Editor; Administration and Local News Editor; Assistant Web Editor
September 2009-May 2013

  • Researched, reported, wrote and edited news articles, published in print and online
  • Copy edited full 16 to 24-page issues on deadline each week
  • Assisted section editors with news and feature editing
  • Led coverage of two university scandals
  • Managed five news assistants and several contributing writers per issue
  • Helped new reporters improve interview and article-writing skills
  • Published online content and updated social media

The Durango Herald  Durango, Colo.
Washington Correspondent
May-August 2012

  • Beat reporter for Colorado’s congressional delegation, White House and federal agencies
  • Researched, reported and wrote 11 news articles on energy, environment, Native American affairs, etc.
  • Attended congressional hearings, committee meetings and floor sessions
  • Multiple bylines on A1

Agence France-Presse – Washington, D.C.
Multimedia Desk Intern
May 2011 – August 2012

  • Proofread and published wire articles on breaking national and international news online using a content management system
  • Edited and packaged photos, videos and graphics for use with newswire articles
  • Reported and wrote one original news article with photos
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Office Assistant
August 2010 – May 2011
  • Collected data about citizen/community journalism
  • Wrote reports on J-Lab’s grant-receiving projects
  • Assisted web editor with website creation and management
  • Helped organize/run 2010 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism

ABC12/WJRT-TV – Flint, Mich.
Newsroom Intern
May – August 2010

  • Researched and wrote scripts for nightly newscasts
  • Created 2-minute “World Watch” segment each week
  • Edited audio and video for VO/SOTs and packages
  • Assisted reporters and photographers with field work

Brookings Institution – Washington, D.C.
Communications Office Assistant
September – December 2009

  • Managed guest lists, check-in procedures, food and question-and-answer sessions at events
  • Wrote event descriptions and compiled guest bios
  • Helped create the 2010 “Guide to Brookings Experts”
  • Served as liaison between scholars, news organizations and other officials
  • Organized photo database and press releases for website

AU Center for Israel Studies – Washington, D.C.
Program Assistant
August 2009 – May 2010

  • Developed programs and conferences on Israeli and Arab culture, politics
  • Managed event logistics, guest list, scholar travel
  • Helped track budget and contract processes
  • Designed promotional/informational event materials
  • Edited director publications, yearly “Yediaut” newsletter
  • Emailed listserv messages on new course offerings, program updates

Skills

Computer

  • Adobe InDesign, Dreamweaver, Photoshop
  • HTML, CSS
  • NewsEditPro 6
  • Methode
  • NewsEdit
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Audacity
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • PC and Mac
  • Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, Instagram, Storify, WordPress, Blogger, etc.
  • Audio/video recording
  • LexisNexis
  • PACER

Other

  • AP Style
  • Beginning Spanish
  • Beginning Arabic
  • Beginning Hebrew
  • Office equipment

Graduate-Level Coursework

  • Wicked Problems in National Security
  • U.S. Foreign Policy toward Illicit Networks
  • Politics of National Security and Defense Budgeting
  • Afghanistan: Conflict and Society
  •  Terrorism and Response

Accolades

  • First, second place in education reporting – 2014 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Editorial Awards
  • 10th Place, 2014 Hearst Journalism Awards for Enterprise Reporting
  • National Finalist, 2012 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting
  • Winner, 2012 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C., Inc. Scholarship
  • Winner, 2012 American News Women’s Club Scholarship
  • Speaker, “Controversial Reporting: Covering Crises and Scandals in the Digital Age” – College Media Association Spring 2013 National College Media Convention – New York City
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