Data analyst, writer, editor, developer, manager. I find news in data and communicate the findings with clarity and precision. Download this resume (PDF).
Gannett Digital, McLean, Va., 2012 to present.
- Appointed November 2012 to guide development of interactive news applications and data visualization tools for all Gannett properties.
USA TODAY, McLean, Va., 1997 to present.
Senior Database Editor, 2008 to present.
Database Editor, Health, Education, Religion and Entertainment, 1997 to 2008.
- Promoted by executive editor in 2008 to lead team responsible for data analysis, programming and reporting to drive investigative and daily data journalism.
- Enlarged team to five direct reports; handled all recruiting and hiring.
- Team members’ work won journalism contests including IRE’s Philip Meyer Award.
- Oversee development of USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list, including data analysis, managing partnerships and contributing to redesign of site that doubled traffic.
- Write code to serve data to interactives and provide analysis; edit and guide stories.
As database editor:
- Analyze data for investigative and daily stories on health, education, Census, religion, music, movies, books and TV. Named to USA TODAY’s “Enterprise All-Star” team twice.
Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1986 to 1997.
Editor, Reporter: Police Reporter, Community Reporter, 1986; Music/Lifestyle reporter, 1987-88; Systems Editor, Copy Editor 1988-91; Assistant City Editor, 1990-91; Life Section Editor, 1991-94; Technology Editor, 1994-97.
- Promoted into reporting and editing roles with increasing responsibility and impact.
- As Life Editor, led staff of seven producing two sections. Coached writers.
- As Technology Editor, in 1992 launched one of the first dial-up online services at a daily newspaper by creating a newsroom computer bulletin board system.
- Co-led redesign and product development that led to Gannett naming newspaper “Most Improved.”
The Summer Institute for the Gifted, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1994-1996.
Instructor. Taught news writing and creative writing to gifted middle school and high school students. Three summers.
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1989; 1992.
Adjunct Instructor of Journalism. Taught three semesters of college-level introductory journalism courses.
Freelance writer, 1990 to 2005.
Columns, reviews and features for Computer Reseller News, CCM, Sevenball.
WEOK/WPDH Broadcasting, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1983 to 1986.
On-air personality and news reporter at the top-rated AM/FM station in mid-Hudson Valley.
Master of Science in Computer Science/Information Systems. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1997. Systems analysis and technology management. 3.8 GPA.
Bachelor of Arts in English. Marist College, 1986. Concentration in writing and journalism. Editor on staff of student newspaper, The Circle. 3.7 GPA.
Associate in Science in Communications and Media Arts. Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1983. Focus on mass media, television and radio broadcasting.
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Silver baton (team) for Ghost Factories: Poison in the Ground, 2012.
Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Journalism. Silver Award (team) for Ghost Factories: Poison in the Ground, 2012.
Associated Press Media Editors, Journalism Excellence Awards. First Place (team), Digital Storytelling and Reporting, for Ghost Factories: Poison in the Ground, 2012.
Editor & Publisher, Eppy Awards. Finalist (team), Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature on a Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over, for Ghost Factories: Poison in the Ground, 2012.
Investigative Reporters and Editors, IRE Service Award, 2012. For making Census 2010 data easily available to journalists.
Education Writers Association, National Awards for Education Reporting.
- First Prize, Investigative Reporting (Large Media), with Blake Morrison, Peter Eisler and Elizabeth Weise for Trouble on the Tray, 2009.
- Special Citation, News Feature or Issue Package, with Tamara Henry for The School Construction Divide, 1999.
Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards
- Winner with Robert Davis for First Year in College is Riskiest, 2007.
- Finalist with Gene Sloan, Consumer category, for Park Safety Rules Lax, 2001.
The Association of Food Journalists. Best Newspaper Special Food Project, with Blake Morrison, Peter Eisler and Elizabeth Weise, for Trouble on the Tray, 2010.
The Association of Educational Publishers. Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist, 1999, for The School Construction Divide.
The Center for Education Reform. Excellence in Journalism Award, First Place (team), for Learning Curve I: A Yearlong Poughkeepsie Journal Project, 1997.
New York State Associated Press Association Writing Contest. First Place, Business/Finance, 1995, for Cirrus Logic.
Company: USA TODAY Enterprise All-Star Team member (1999, 2000); Employee of the Year, Poughkeepsie Journal (December 1989).
Excellence in English. Top GPA among graduating English majors. Marist College, 1986.
Northern Virginia Community College. Visual Studio/C#/.NET. 2008.
National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting/Investigative Reporters and Editors. Frequent attendee and speaker at IRE boot camps and conferences. Completed Stats and Maps boot camp, SQL Server boot camp, Django mini boot camp.
Wilmington News-Journal. Wilmington Writers’ Workshop. Wilmington, Del., April 1993.
American Press Institute. Feature and Lifestyle Editors’ Seminar. Reston, Va., March 1992.
American Newspaper Publishers Association. Technical Exposition and Conference. Las Vegas, June 1990.