CV/Résumé

Education

 

Howard University, Washington, D.C.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism

  • Howard University School of Communications, Magna Cum Laude

 

Work

Experience
 

Reporter, The Star -Ledger/ NJ.com, Jersey City, New Jersey (October 2017-present)

  • Pitch, develop and produce news and features stories on topics such as breaking news crime, politics and community interests using basic HTML on tight deadlines.

  • Average 600,000 page views per month and interpret analytics for stories that need follow

  • Maintain relationships with state and police officials, lawyers and community activists

  • Travel to breaking news and crime scenes to take photos and confirm information

  • File, track and confirm information via federal and state public records request

General News/Breaking News, Thomson Reuters , 3 Times Square, New York, New York (June 2017-August 2017)

  • Cover breaking news and national news for general assignment desk.

  • Edit national and international stories for Reuters New Service.

  • Assist photographers with captions and photo selection

 

 ABC News, Brian Ross Investigative Unit, New York, New York (January 2017-May 2017)

  • Assist producers with stakeouts and research for investigative broadcast pieces

  • Provide tape research and transcription

  • Pitch, report and write stories for ABCNews.com including story on lawsuit involving conversion therapy camps and Executive Orders of President Trump

 Democracy Fund, Washington, D.C. (September 2016-December 2016)

  • Participated in Ida B. Wells Investigative Boot camp in Durham North Carolina 

  • Pitched and produce story ideas related to the Local News and Research Initiative and civic

  • journalism

  • Analyzed and write statements related to state of media diversity and inclusion

  • Networked and travel to media events and programs

 

Mentor, Kingdom Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (July 2016)

  • Facilitated students from Malaysia, China, Serbia and other countries with American culture and education 

  • Conducted daily news review/journalism class 

  • Led study visits to New York college campuses

 

Fellow, ProPublica Summer Data Institute, New York, New York. (June 2016)

  • Create clear and clean visualizations to help readers understand complex information.

  • Scrape websites using Ruby or Python.

  • Conduct data research and evaluate the reliability of data.

  • Clean data and analyze data sets for interesting trends and outliers.

 

Editor-in-Chief, Staff Writer, The Hilltop,  Howard University, Washington, DC (August 2012-present)

  • Produced weekly reports to present to Hilltop policy board and make business, printing, and publishing recommendations

  • Hired and managed 20- 40 staffers including editors, writers, photographers for bi-weekly production

  • Evaluated the effectiveness of the publication and engaged with community for feedback

  • Designed the layout of publication and edited all articles

  • Expanded the social media initiative of the paper by increasing followers and interactions

  • Wrote over 60 breaking news, feature and column articles

 

Research Intern, Investigative Reporting and Editor Workshop, American University, Washington, D.C. (August 2015-April 2016)

  • Researched Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts by FEMA with PBS' Frontline team

  • Produced sidebar stories based off of research​

 

Public Affairs Intern, United States Army, Fort Knox, Kentucky (May 2015-August 2015)

  • Filmed cadets and edited footage using Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere
  • Wrote news and feature article as freelancer based off questionaires
  • Produced public relations reports for the public interest in the daily lives of cadets CIET training
  • Broadcasted, filmed, and edited ROTC training courses to help U.S. Army in their recruiting mission of over 50,000 cadets

News Aide, The Washington Post, Washington D.C. (February 2015-present)

  • Compiled data, statistics for over 100 games per night
  • Published weekly top performers, photo galleries and videos from high school sporting events online
  • Organized and respond to email requests and questions from coaches and players regarding stats, rosters, and signings

 

Sports Reporting Intern, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas (June 2012-August 2012)

  • Reported live at over 25 high school, college, semipro, professional, and FIBV sports events
  • Covered high school football, volleyball and golf for SportsDayHS.
  • Performed general assignments and feature stories on deadline.

 

Reporter, Spotlight Network, WHUT-TV 32, Washington, D.C. (September 2014- December 2014)

  • Report On Air at live events for coverage of campus events for Howard University community
  • Gather, analyze, and edit packages, and shoot B-roll for the production staff.
  • Pitch story ideas for coverage at weekly meetings

 

Show Host, “Game Time” Glasshouse Radio, Washington, D.C. (September 2014-present)

  • Researched current sports topics and analyze sports news concerning athletes and sports culture
  • Host ed60 minute weekly sports On Air Internet Talk show

 

Public Relations Intern, Kids Play USA, Silver Spring, Maryland (May 2014- July 2014)

  • Outreached using social media, brochures, and press release to increase brand awareness
  • Contacted and strategized with over 50 organizations regarding sponsorship for Annual Charity Gala
  • Created and managed marketing and event budget for Annual Charity Gala

 

Researcher/Contributing Writer, JackMyRep.com, Silver Spring, Maryland (December 2013- February 2014)

  • Researched various topics for clients looking to market their website from surgeons to lawyers
  • Produced eight 600 word articles per week for various clients website related medical, law and other professions

 

Communications/Marketing Intern, TechAmerica, Washington, D.C. (September 2013-December 2013)

  • Drafted and edited content for newsletters, brief, website
  • Used Salesforce and SendGrid to send out weekly emails/briefs/newsletters/etc.
  • Worked with Policy teams [PS, Federal, State, International]to get out briefs and legislative alerts
  • Worked with BNI team to ensure events are receiving marketing support
Awards/Honors

 

  • NABJ/ Columbia Jounalism School  Fellow (2016)

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors Knight Fellowship Recipient (2016, 2015)

  • Online News Association HBCU Media Fellow (September 2015)

  • Naomi Rushing Scholarship Recipient for Media (2014)

  • Texas Journalism Educators Award (TJE) for Dress Girl Story 2012

  • TJE Award for Jenkins Story 2012

  • 1st place Dallas Morning News High school Day Competition Sports Feature Category 2012

  • Interscholastic League Press Conference Honorable Mention News Story (ILPC)  (2011)

  • ILPC Honorable Mention Sports Column (2011)

  • ILPC Honorable Mention News Story 5A-1 (2011)

  • 6th place University Interscholastic League Regional News Story (2010)

  • 3rd place Texas Women’s Press News Story (2010)

  • Texas  Women’s Press 3rd place Feature Story (2010)

  • 1st place ILPC  5A-2 Web-Based Sports Column Story (2010)

Other media experiences/Affiliations

 

  • Dow Jones News Fund, Business reporting participant

  • American Press Institute Freelancer 

  • USA Today Contributing Writer

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Ivy Leaf Reporter

  • National Association of Black Journalists  (2012-present)

  • K.E.E.N. Volunteer for children with special needs

  • A.W.A.N.A. Volnteer

  • Community Service Chair, Howard University Texas Club (2014-present)

  • HUABJ Social Media Chair (2014-present)

  • Brian Kelly ProCamps Operations Assistant (July 2014)

  • John Wall Pro Camps Operations Assistant ( September 2014)

  • Field Works, LLC Campaign Employee (June 2014)

Other Jobs
  • Receptionist, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

  • Howard University Telecenter Ambassador Employee (October 2014-present)

  • Denny's Hostess (2012-2013)

  • Ross Sales Associate (2013)

  • Olive Ole Sales Associate (2014)