Me on paper.
Master of Science in Journalism (Broadcast concentration)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.
Expected May 2011
Selected for Scripps Howard Foundation reporting seminar on covering religion. Designed, launched, and served as editor-in-chief for Northattan.com and contributed videos, audio-slideshows and print stories. Several articles and radio story picked up for publication in The Manhattan Times, The Uptown Collective and Curbed NY. Contributor on WNYC.org for Nov. 2010 election coverage. Story about controversial Native American design elements in local playground linked to by DNAInfo.com. Producing multimedia master’s project on Native American success in professional athletics and remaking the contemporary Native identity. Honors student.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy
University of California, Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA)
June 2009 - graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude
Studied at UC Center for American Politics and Public Policy in Washington, DC (spring 2009). Conducted research and data analysis on the impact of entertainment television and political satire on political awareness. Studied European history and politics at ACCENT International Consortium, Rome, Italy (winter/spring 2007).
News Associate, NBC News, New York, NY
New Media & Marketing Coordinator, Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen, Calif. Nov. 2009—Aug. 2010
Pitched, designed and developed winery’s first multi-platform smartphone application that had more than 500 downloads in first two months. Created Benziger Television (BzTV) and produced, shot and edited for website, YouTube channel and digital app. Built social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, doubling number of “fans” to 3,600. Monitored trends and technology and made recommendations to executive team for implementation.
Reporter, The Associated Press, Rome, Italy June 2009—Sept. 2009
Covered breaking news, local politics, The Vatican, protests, crime and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s sex scandal and filed stories on deadline for the Euro Desk Wire. Wrote NewsNow briefs for use in full-length stories. Fact-checked, translated, and compiled research databases for investigative stories.
Production Intern, “The Ed Show,” MSNBC, Washington, DC. March 2009—June 2009
Pitched stories, wrote issue summaries, prepared research packets, and suggested questions for host and writer for nightly political talk show. Selected soundbites and video elements for editors and worked in control room for live show. Participated in editorial meetings and assisted with story development and script writing.
Senior News Reporter, Daily Bruin Television, Los Angeles, Calif. April 2008—June 2009
Reported, filmed, edited and produced weekly news packages as paid staffer for UCLA television station. Awarded “Mark of Excellence” in television news reporting category for collegiate journalists by the Society for Professional Journalists for story on Indigenous Peoples’ protest on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
Newsroom Intern, KABC-TV, Burbank, Calif.
Jan. 2008—March 2008
Assisted camera crews and reporters in the field for prime-time evening broadcast. Fielded calls on assignment desk and monitored breaking news. Logged and catalogued tape.
SKILLS & AFFILIATIONS
Proficient in digital video and audio recording and editing (Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools), Photoshop, basic web design (WordPress, HTML, Dreamweaver), social media networking experience including Twitter, Facebook, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging. Familiar with iNEWS, ENPS, AP Reporter’s Workbench and News Smurf software.
Languages: fluent Italian and conversational Spanish.
Vice President of Columbia University’s Society of Professional Journalists. Co-chair of the inaugural Columbia J-School Debates: a forum for discussion on topical issues related to the craft of journalism. Attend faculty meetings and serve as primary liaison between students and faculty. Member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA).