My work as a reporter and editor has earned multiple Virginia Press Association Awards for investigative reporting, education coverage and editorial writing, as well as a competitive Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism’s Multimedia Editing Fellowship.
I’ve also worked as a freelance writer for multiple projects and publications. For example, while living in Vietnam, I ventured from Saigon to Hanoi to research and write two books on Vietnam published by Gareth Stevens, and the U.S. Department of State’s 96-page media reference guide for the presidential visit of William J. Clinton.
In my communication roles for various federal agencies, I maintain the passion for communication I’ve experienced working for Knight Ridder, McClatchy, Media General and Morris Communications.
For the Government Accountability Office, I was the assistant editor of the International Journal of Government Auditing, for which I created and launched a social media strategy designed to promote meaningful communication among the public auditing community. I also wrote speeches for the Comptroller General of the United States for his international appearances, and represented the Journal at auditing conferences in Peru and Samoa to cover stories ranging from anti-corruption initiatives in South America to cooperative audits on climate change adaptation in the Pacific region.
I then took on the lead communication role for USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, visiting remote project sites in Nepal, Rwanda and Moldova to capture stories highlighting the Agency’s work to end extreme poverty around the globe. I created several high-level social media campaigns for USAID, such as an International Day of the Girl #GirlsShine conversation that was used by the U.S. State Department and picked up in 68 countries worldwide.
My first major writing project has remained one of my favorites: while studying history at Loyola University in New Orleans, I wrote “Sarah Josepha Hale: Making Female Education Fashionable,” a paper that was published in the Loyola Student Historical Journal and cited by the National Women’s History Museum’s exhibit on women and education, in several American history reference books, and in course materials used by the University of Massachusetts and McGraw Hill Education.
I continue to be motivated by the mission to tell stories that are honest and engaging!
- Countries of the World: Vietnam (author; 2002, Gareth Stevens Publishing)
- Welcome to Vietnam (co-author; 2003, Gareth Stevens Publishing)
- Sleeping Safely with Your Baby (editor; 2005, Platypus Press)
- Copyediting using Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style
- HTML coding and light website design, and online database creation and monitoring, using Dreamweaver, WordPress, Drupal, Expression Engine, Caspio and Google Analytics
- Digital photography, audio and video manipulation using Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, Gimp, Audacity, Soundslides and Final Cut
- Social media plan and post creation and implementation, using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and LinkedIn, as well as Spark and Canva.
Honors and awards
- Recipient of The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education 2009 Multimedia Editing Fellowship
- 2009 Virginia Press Association Awards: First Place for investigative reporting, Third Place for education coverage and Third Place for editorial writing.
- Researched and wrote a 96-page media reference guide for the presidential visit of William J. Clinton to Vietnam for the U.S. Department of State.
- Researched and wrote Sarah Josepha Hale: Making Female Education Fashionable for the Loyola Student Historical Journal. This paper has been cited by the National Women’s History Museum’s exhibit on women and education; in The Lovett Cent: a Confederate Story by Harold Levy and in What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech and Song edited by Leon R. Kass, Amy A. Kass and Diana Schaub; and in course materials used by the University of Massachusetts and McGraw Hill Education.
- Researched and wrote scripts and conducted on-air interviews for The Telegraph’s cable news program in Macon, Georgia.