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JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE


 


April 2011 - present

The CNN Wire, Latin America Newsdesk Editor
Worked closely with CNN en Español to cover immigration issues in the United States and breaking news in Latin America; reported, wrote and edited stories on tight deadlines about a wide range of topics, including Mexico’s drug war, Central American immigrants, Venezuelan politics, Guatemalan drug policies, violence in Puerto Rico and Iran's influence in Latin America; traveled to Mexico to write enterprise and spot news stories about the presidential election; wrote in-depth profiles of an undecided Puerto Rican voter in Florida and a small-town mayor who sued Georgia over the state’s immigration law.





April 2010 - April 2011

The CNN Wire, Newsdesk Editor
Wrote and edited domestic and international breaking news stories used by CNN shows, CNN.com and external clients; edited coverage of Egypt’s revolution, Japan’s nuclear disaster and BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; worked closely with CNN en Español to cover Latin America stories; regularly conducted interviews in Spanish and translated material from scripts and video; pursued colorful enterprise stories on criminal nicknames, same-sex honeymoons in Mexico City and National Punctuation Day.





September 2009 - February 2010

The Associated Press, Mexico City, Intern
Reported spot news stories in Spanish on a wide range of topics, including fake Frida Kahlo paintings, immigration, swine flu, politics, pink taxis and police; traveled across the country to cover two hurricanes; tackled business stories about oil, remittances and the auto industry; wrote an enterprise feature story about how Mexico’s Catholic bishops are dealing with drug violence; translated and edited stringers' stories.



 
July 2005 - July 2008

St. Petersburg Times, Staff Writer
Covered real estate, including a computer-assisted analysis of rental homes in suburbia and an investigative story about an international scam that ran on 1A in the Sunday paper; wrote about local politics, environmental issues, taxes and land use as a county government beat reporter; told quirky tales about school bus races, a Home Depot hip-hop artist and alpaca farming; covered statewide storm news as part of the paper’s hurricane team; filed Web updates on tight deadlines.


 
 
June 2004 - February 2005
St. Petersburg Times, Metro and North Pinellas Intern
Tackled general assignment, breaking news and city government stories.


 
 
June 2003 - August 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, National Desk Intern
Tackled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention beat for two weeks; wrote several front-page stories on medical and scientific topics, including smallpox vaccination, hormone replacement therapy and SARS; wrote weekly features for the award-winning Atlanta & the World section; daily general assignment stories included coverage of Supreme Court decisions and the U.S. government’s funding of an Arabic-language magazine to promote American culture in the Middle East.


 
 
June 2002 - August 2002
The Chronicle of Higher Education
, National Intern
Wrote short weekly assignments, in-depth features and daily breaking news stories; covered science policy, financial aid and student life, including the nationwide nursing shortage, laboratory theft and the story of a creative writing student who rode a donkey across the American south.


 
 
January 2003 - January 2004
T
he Harvard Crimson, Executive Editor
Assigned, edited and copy edited stories; created curriculum and taught weekly journalism seminars.


 
 
January 2001 - January 2003
T
he Harvard Crimson, Staff Writer
Christopher J. Georges Fellowship for investigative reporting; Received award, administered by Harvard’s Nieman Foundation, to investigate the status of women at Harvard with three other Crimson reporters; published 40-page magazine detailing findings; worked on team that scooped the selection of Lawrence H. Summers as Harvard’s president; investigative and breaking news reporting cited in The New York Times and The Boston Globe.


 
 
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE


 
 
June 2001 - August 2001
Cranbrook Archives, Research Intern
Compiled and analyzed information from diaries, financial records and architectural drawings.


 
 
June 2000 - August 2000
William Beaumont Hospital Research Institute,
Research Assistant
Experimented using basic genetic research skills; studied liver cancer and cell immunology.


 
 
EDUCATION


 
 
May 2009
M.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Politics concentration; coursework included study of radio and new media skills, immigration and international affairs; Gray Fellowship for International Reporting, funding for language study abroad after graduation.


 
 
June 2004
A.B., History and Literature, Harvard University

Specialized in France and America; graduated cum laude


 
 
Summer 2009
Livit Immersion Center
Completed two months of daily intensive Spanish classes in Mexico.


 


ACTIVITIES AND SKILLS



 
Languages

Fluent in Spanish; proficient in French.

 
 
October 1-5, 2012
BSG LLC Hostile Environment Training
Completed course preparing journalists for covering conflicts.

 


May 1-4, 2012
Poynter Reporters Academy
Received scholarship to attend the Poynter Institute's workshop for "rising stars...who have proved their value in the newsroom."




Multimedia Skills
Working knowledge of Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, Dreamweaver, Photoshop.




September 2007 - May 2008
Tampa Bay Symphony
Performed regularly as a violist in community orchestra.




September 2000 - May 2002
Harvard Bach Society Orchestra
Played viola in Harvard’s premier chamber music ensemble.




February 2002 - June 2003
Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment
Volunteered in mentoring program for Vietnamese refugee children in the Boston community.