Writing + Editing Experience

Freelance Writer | 2001-present

  • Write features on the arts, entertainment and digital media for Paste Magazine, Carnegie Magazine, NOW Toronto, The New York Press, Nashville Scene, Dallas Observer and others
  • Create online content and promotional materials for local entrepreneurs and artists
  • Communicate effectively with editors to plan coverage and set deadlines
  • Secure reprints of my stories in other publications

Features Intern, San Antonio Express-News | San Antonio, TX 2011

  • Developed sources and stories in a new city, resulting in over 30 articles in 12 weeks, from arts, entertainment and local news to health, technology and design
  • Proposed and created additional web content, through capturing and editing video, writing blog posts and learning to shoot and select news photos for slideshows
  • Met every deadline through proactive planning with editors and effective communication with news staff and web developers
  • Promoted my work and the department’s through search engine optimization and social media

Music Editor, Pittsburgh City Paper | Pittsburgh, PA 2006-2011

  • Wrote feature stories on music, technology and pop culture, winning regional Press Club awards and inclusion in Best Music Writing 2009, “Notable Music Writing” (Da Capo Press)
  • Proposed and implemented on-the-ground reporting on Pittsburgh musicians at South By Southwest and other large festivals, outstripping coverage by our local competitors
  • Managed freelance writers, planned music coverage, edited and proofread for print and online
  • Led efforts to increase online traffic to editorial content through search engine optimization and communication with web developers
  • Raised the company’s profile by participating in music conference panels, networking with entertainment industry professionals and volunteering with local arts organizations

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis | 2001-2002

  • Co-developed an innovative writing course emphasizing multimedia and pop culture

Legal Editor, West Group Publishing Company | Cleveland, OH 2001

  • Streamlined editing procedures, helping my team meet deadlines and increase productivity
  • Quickly learned in-house production software, earning more advanced responsibilities


Carnegie Mellon University | 2010-2012

MA in Professional Writing

MLitt in Investigative Journalism

Relevant Coursework

  • Online Information Design
  • Document Design
  • Literary Journalism
  • Technical Writing
  • Science Writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Media Law

University of California, Davis | 2001-2002

Graduate study in English, 4.0/4.0

Grove City College | 1997-2000

BA in English, 3.59/4.0

Technical Skills

Print + Digital Media Skills

  • Advanced editing and proofreading
  • User testing and analysis
  • XHTML, CSS and online content management
  • Social media platforms (including Facebook + Twitter)
  • Audio creation and editing
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • iMovie
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Windows and Mac OS
  • Microsoft Office