Experienced reporter, editor and supervisor with thorough knowledge of and understanding of print writing, web presence and 24-hour television news coverage. Strong commitment to accuracy and fairness. Well-organized and level-headed in rapidly changing situations, well-versed in international and domestic issues. Particular expertise in social media journalism.
Curator, Storyful, Dublin, Ireland 2011-2019
Leverage social media — Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc — for real-time news coverage. Search out and vet videos, sources and other resources for news stories. Curate stories and information, often in fast-changing situations, for Storyful online and for news network and agency clients. Separate the news from the noise. Create a new journalism for the technological age.
Supervising newsdesk editor, CNN, Atlanta, Georgia 2006-2011
Supervised team of editors, guiding the CNN Wire’s coverage of breaking, developing and planning stories throughout a shift. Worked with national and international desks and coordinated with CNN.com in Atlanta and Washington. Responsible for staff development, monitoring progress on annual development plan. Consulted on editorial and policy decisions, and input on some personnel decisions. Maintained The CNN Wire wiki. Handled scheduling. Guided evening coverage of 2008 presidential primaries and general election campaign, including debates and election night coverage. Filled in for executive editor as needed.
Newsdesk editor, CNN, Atlanta, Georgia 2001-2006
Researched, interviewed. collected and combined information from a variety of sources, including newsmakers and correspondents. Responsible for fleshing out stories from CNN correspondents and reporting stories where no correspondents are available. Worked closely with all networks and shows to provide information they need. Coordinated with CNN.com to provide full coverage on the network’s web site. Covered 2004 presidential election, war in Afghanistan and Iraq and more.
Senior writer, CNN.com, Atlanta, Georgia 1995-2001
Researched material, interviewed subjects, combined enterprise reporting with wire reports and reports from CNN television correspondents and producers. Monitored news developments for breaking and/or developing elements. Searched out sidebars. Worked closely with graphic designers to produce interactive elements for stories. Compiled writers’ manual for launch of site in 1995. Also filled in as section editor, determining what stories would be done, assigning them and following up to completion. Covered war in Bosnia, 9/11, 1996 and 2000 presidential elections and more.
Staff writer, Southern Voice, Atlanta, Georgia 1988-1995
Presented story ideas, researched materials, interviewed subjects, wrote comprehensive stories on issues of significance to the lesbian and gay communities on a local, state, regional and national level. Covered events from the National Gay and Lesbian March on Washington to local events; crime stories. Broke Atlanta’s “handcuff man” story and several others. Worked closely with editor to assign coordinate coverage with other writers and with photographers. Researched and coordinated paper’s associate membership with The Associated Press, and developed the paper’s first online presence. Covered Georgia state legislature, Atlanta city council, Fulton and DeKalb County commissions. Occasionally filled in as acting editor. Occasionally served as photographer.
Freelance writer 1991-1995
Presented story ideas, researched material, interviewed subjects, wrote comprehensive stories on a variety of topics for several national magazines and regional newspapers, including The Advocate, The Washington Blade and the Seattle Gay News.
Investigative Reporters & Editors, Atlanta Press Club, Online News Association, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
Contributor to CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the 2008 presidential primary campaigns and debates and Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in 2005
Contributor to CNN’s DuPont-Columbia Award-winning coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia in 2004
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