— experience —
Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, Minn. — managing editor, projects + podcasts
May 2018 – present
As our newsroom continues along in its evolution, we’ve realized we need a more deliberate focus on podcast and project work in a way that incorporates editorial focus, project management/coordination and experimentation with storytelling and mediums. Much of that was inspired by what we learned working on the 74 Seconds podcast. We took those lessons and refining them in MPR News’ latest podcast, Rivers of Oil. After Rivers of Oil, that podcast and project work has largely been on hold while I pinch-hit among our editing ranks, leading our environmental and climate change coverage team.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis — instructor
August 2018 – present
Co-teach a 4000-level course on editing and publishing through the university’s English department. Over the course of a semester, we cover everything from the editing process to copy editing and fact checking, style sheets, ethics, coaching, writing editorial letters, editing for strength and power and getting a job in publishing. Class sessions evolve as the semester moves forward, depending on the needs and interests of the students, most of whom are seniors and graduate students.
Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, Minn. — managing editor, enterprise
March 2017 – May 2018
New newsroom role focused on planning and coordinating quick-turn and long-term reporting; creating processes for story planning, production and presentation; better organizing our workflow and communication; and providing support and training to editors and reporters so they’re freed to experiment, stretch their skills and think across platforms. This role came as part of a larger newsroom restructuring and transition, and involved some elements of my recent role as an editor on the digital team, as a liaison between the newsroom and digital developers and work on 74 Seconds, a new newsroom podcast and coverage experiment and an investigation of our parent company’s handling of allegations against Garrison Keillor.
Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, Minn. — editor
September 2014 – March 2017
Coordinated, edited and produced short- and long-term projects online. Led, coached and edited small team of digital producer/writers on web and radio stories. Led digital daily production team. Coordinated partnership with newspapers statewide. Contributed to digital team strategy and leadership. Worked with developers on digital product creation, maintenance and troubleshooting.
Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, Minn. — associate editor
June 2013 – August 2014
Public Insight Network, St. Paul, Minn. — associate editor
May 2012 – June 2013
Edited, produced, coordinated and collaborated with outside newsrooms and freelancers on yearlong editorial experiment. Reporting focused primarily on veterans’ issues after returning home. Team created newsroom from scratch.
The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Va. — online editor
April 2007 – May 2012
Worked as multimedia producer, then online editor responsible for site content, social media, breaking news online, live coverage, digital production, newsroom processes and procedures and long- and short-term projects and development. (Note: Most of the projects, products and stories I produced for roanoke.com are no longer accessible online, as the site redesigned a few years ago.)
The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla. — Naughton fellow
May 2005 – April 2007
Yearlong fellowship evolved into work as an associate editor for Poynter Online, covering the news of the news: editing the daily Al’s Morning Meeting column and contributors’ work, writing, reporting, multimedia production, podcasting, etc.
— education —
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind. — B.A., English
August 2001 – May 2005
— skills —
editing Story editing, fact-checking, copy editing, writing, coaching, coordination + production
style AP style (co-wrote inaugural MPR News digital stylebook) + corrections
presentation Digital, audio + social storytelling and production
production Visual, audio + video production + editing: ProTools, FinalCut, Audacity, Audition, Dalet, Photoshop, WordPress, various CMS and web production tools, etc.
data Data visualization + editing: Excel, fusion tables, etc.
management Project management, team organization, processes and production, workflow, coaching, etc.
teaching College-level syllabus design, classroom management, grading, workshop-style sessions, mentoring.
— awards + recognition —
MPR and Garrison Keillor investigation SPJ Ethics in Journalism Award “for exceptional, ethical journalism”
74 Seconds George Foster Peabody Award for podcast/radio, Livingston Award for Young Journalists for local reporting, Third Coast International Audio Festival Best Documentary: Gold award, Vulture’s 10 Best Podcasts of 2017, Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best Podcasts of 2017
Betrayed by Silence investigation George Foster Peabody award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia award, SPJ Page One Story of the Year, Regional Edward R. Murrow award, ONA investigative journalism award, Sigma Delta Chi award