I connect newsrooms with communities to make journalism more relevant, participatory and empowering. Over the past decade, I've built audiences for nonprofit journalism organizations, led public engagement strategies for high-impact investigative reporting, and experimented with new models for fact-based storytelling, media co-creation and distribution.

Here's an overview of my experience. You can also find me on LinkedIn.


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CONSULTANT
January 2018 – Present

  • Helping newsrooms launch effective strategies for reaching new audiences and building deeper relationships with their communities.
  • Designing creative engagement initiatives for journalism and media that spark real-world impact.
  • Seeking sustainable opportunities for local reporting and groundbreaking storytelling.
  • Developing and executing strategic plans for media companies, universities, foundations and nonprofit organizations.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The Center for Investigative Reporting | Emeryville, CA
October 2016 – December 2018

  • Developing new collaborations among newsrooms, community organizations, educational institutions, and Reveal to strengthen local media ecosystems and build sustainable pathways for more in-depth, engaged journalism.
  • Leading the Reveal Labs initiative that helps local media organizations across the country tell investigative stories, connect with communities and understand the impact of their work.
  • Designing creative engagement initiatives and events blending art and journalism for Reveal and our partners.

SENIOR MANAGER, ENGAGEMENT
The Center for Investigative Reporting | Emeryville, CA
August 2015 – October 2016

  • Led audience development and engagement initiatives for a weekly radio show and podcast
  • Used analytics and audience research to advise editorial and product strategy
  • Guided long-term growth and day-to-day publishing for social media and email newsletters
  • Facilitated large-scale news collaborations to reach and empower new communities

SENIOR FELLOW
USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowships | Los Angeles, CA
July 2015 – February 2016

  • Served as a mentor for five journalists during their long-term reporting projects
  • Advised on engagement initiatives to extend the reach and impact of fellows’ reporting

DISTRIBUTION AND ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
The Center for Investigative Reporting | Emeryville, CA
June 2012 – August 2015

  • Led digital engagement strategies and audience growth for local, state and national news brands
  • Managed content syndication partnerships with dozens of newsroom across media platforms
  • Worked with editors and reporters to create localization opportunities for media partners
  • Designed and executed experimental projects blending journalism, art and public engagement

ENGAGEMENT EDITOR
The Center for Public Integrity | Washington, DC
March 2009 — May 2012

  • Created and led digital strategy, social media channels and engagement initiatives
  • Produced multimedia features for award-winning investigative journalism projects
  • Built audience for reporting on campaign finance and transparency during the 2012 elections

FREELANCE WRITER
Washington City Paper | Washington, DC
July 2008 — June 2009

  • Wrote regular stories and features on a variety of media topics and local events

MUSIC DIRECTOR
WXYC 89.3FM | Chapel Hill, NC
July 2006 – May 2008

  • Programmed the station’s on-air rotation and produced audio for a variety of specialty shows
  • Managed radio staff and relations between dozens of music labels, distributors and musicians
  • Created and produced the radio station’s blog

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
B.A., Journalism and Mass Communications, May 2007