News | Sports | Entertainment
Northwestern University | Medill School of Journalism | Master of Science, Broadcast Journalism June 2014
PROFESSIONAL WRITING SUMMARY
I am a storyteller -- for print, digital and broadcast platforms -- with a particular interest in human interest narratives that illuminate areas of triumph or trial. Recent outlets include ESPN's The Undefeated, Reuters U.S., People, AOL, Essence and Ebony. My training at Medill allowed me to hone my digital and multimedia reporting skills for a global audience. I've covered breaking and national news, lifestyles, culture, sports, entertainment and business. My background in corporate communications provides a lens to develop corporate messaging, produce executive content and promote engagement initiatives.
JOURNALISM CAREER EXPERIENCE
SPORTS MEDICINE & HEALTH WRITER | AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION
Chicago, Illinois 2017 - Present
Craft human-interest narratives related to health and wellness for online properties
Develop multimedia content to complement story lines and foster engagement
FREELANCE CONTRIBUTOR, NEWS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Chicago, Illinois 2009 - 2107
Thomson Reuters, National News Contributor | Report on national news, business and lifestyles.
People.com, Freelance Writer | Prepare local Chicago reports for national bureau.
True Star Media, Instructor | Teach adult students writing and digital journalism skills for quarterly publication.
Black Doctor Inc, Health and Wellness | Create digital content on health and wellness including video.
MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST, URBAN AFFAIRS | MEDILL NEWS SERVICE
Chicago, Illinois 2013 - 2015
Covered Chicago urban affairs, sports and legal news.
Pitched multimedia stories and related content for digital distribution
Interviewed subjects for video packages, wrote scripts, produced and hosted shows
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR | RICH TOWNSHIP
Matteson, Illinois 2006‐2013
Developed content for quarterly newsletter mailed to 30,000 businesses and residences.
Supervised online content development for multiple websites to promote engagement.
Provided media training for staff and wrote speeches for administrative leaders.
COLUMNIST AND WRITER | EBONY MAGAZINE
Chicago, Illinois 2003-2006
Wrote monthly column covering financial topics for national publication.
Wrote corporate profiles for business section and emerging leaders series.
Covered education, politics, culture and health and represented magazine at natonal events.
HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
Opening remarks for ESPN’s College GameDay panel on student athlete compensation.
Recipient of the Marcus J. Lowes Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism.
Guest commentator for KISS‐FM 98.7 Morning Wake‐up Club.
Speechwriter for Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association.
➢ Television: Premiere, Prelude, Photoshop, ENPS, DVCPro HD, Camera+, Filmic Pro, Voddio
➢ Radio Broadcast: Audition, Tascam PCM Recorder
SPORTS SPECIAL PROJECTS
VIP SELECTION SQUARE COMMUNICATIONS LEAD, 2016 NFL DRAFT - Chicago, IL April 2016
➢ Presented oversight of digital content offerings, includingThe NFL Draft Town App to fans, attendees and guest.
➢ Worked closely with operations for guest privileges and access to Selection Square and Auditorium Theater.
➢ Provided on-site solutions to NFL fans to provide highest level of satisfaction.
➢ University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration/Marketing
➢ Association for Women in Sports Media
➢ National Association for Black Journalists
➢ Medill Alumni Association
➢ University of Illinois Alumni Association