Experience

Freelance journalist, New Orleans, La. July 2019 - present

  • Pitch and produce content with aggressive deadlines for local and national publications

  • Topic areas include news and culture features, profiles, travel, entertainment, food and beverage 

  • Selected publications include National Geographic, Bon Appetit, Liquor.com and The Wall Street Journal

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., Nov. 2012 – July 2019

City columnist, lead reporter and breaking news editor, Sept. 2017 – July 2019

  • Personal and cultural commentary through columns, social media and video storytelling

  • Managed breaking news and crime coverage as editor on duty every Sunday

  • Member of The Times-Picayune Editorial Board

  • Co-developed and managed a new brand (Latitude) for opinions coverage, which in six months became most engaged-with Facebook account in Advance Local; created original infographics, photo-illustrations and live and produced videos

  • Created and led newsroom-wide workshops including topics like covering traumatic events and sexism in news coverage

Lead news & culture reporter, May 2017 – Sept. 2017

  • Reported on New Orleans’ cultural economy through beat coverage, long-form features, original video, and co-created award-winning city economy series “Tipping Point”

  • Contributed to breaking news coverage, including removal of Confederate monuments, seasonal flooding and traveled to Houston to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Lead arts & culture reporter, Sept. 2015 – May 2017

  • Reported on New Orleans Mardi Gras, festivals, music, celebrities and trending content

Entertainment reporter in Baton Rouge bureau, Nov. 2012 – Sept. 2015

  • As bureau’s sole entertainment reporter, coverage included music, festivals and dining

  • Contributed to breaking news coverage

Internships

  • News Intern, The Republican-American, June 2011 – Aug. 2011, Waterbury, Conn

  • Features Intern, The Times-Picayune, May 2010 – Aug. 2010, New Orleans, La.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in mass communication, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., May 2012

  • Major concentration in print journalism

  • Minors in visual communication and international studies

  • Editor-in-chief of Legacy magazine, and with three years’ experience on The Daily Reveille newspaper’s copy and design desk

Awards & Honors

  • 2nd place, Best Column, New Orleans Press Club, July 2019

  • Commencement speaker, LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication, fall 2018

  • Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors, 1st place in business category, for "Tipping Point" series with Katherine Sayre, 2018

  • Editorial Professional of the Year, Women in Media, Baton Rouge, 2015

Additional skills and software knowledge

AP style, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Canva, Adobe Suite including PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign and Spark, Parse.ly, CrowdTangle, Later, Buffer, SocialFlow, ContentCal, WordPress, Arc’s Ellipses and Anglerfish

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