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I started at the Raleigh News and Observer during the Duke Lacrosse case when the national media descended upon the Triangle area in force. That initial trial by fire set the tone for an extremely busy, but productive two years helping cover a city that was rapidly transforming from a sleepy Southern town to a major regional city.

During my time in Raleigh, I worked as a multimedia producer, creating interactive features, documentary video, and adding online content to help tell the major stories of the day.

The News and Observer has always demonstrated a commitment to long-form journalism, and I was proud to work on a number of important stories from investigating the shadowy Blackwater group to covering the 2008 Presidential primaries.

Our newspaper became known for its innovative photo and video work, and I contibuted to projects that won a number of awards, including a prestigious Best of Photojournalism for a video story and interactive feature about a man who was exonerated after serving 18 years of a 20-year sentence for raping a young girl. We also were an earlier adopter of producing live video from the field and produced a steady stream of sports and news-related live content.

Our Best of Photojournalism winning feature Dail: Life Unbarred.

Being in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill also allowed great access to the arts. I worked as both a videographer and multimedia developer for our annual award-winning feature of the top bands in the Triangle.

But sports was the bread-and-butter for a newspaper whose area included North Carolina, Duke and NC State. I worked with our sports staff to increase our online coverage of college athletics and became one of the first newspaper staffers to have a video credential to cover major college sports. I had a courtside seat as the Tar Heels made a run to the Final Four and produced a weekly video podcast through the football and basketball seasons.

Our ACC Now video podcast previewing the first of the Duke-UNC basketball matchups.

Stepping Up to the Nation’s Largest Newspaper

I moved to USA Today right as the 2008 election was moving into its final phase. I led our video team’s daily coverage of the election and worked with our design team to provide interactive, live coverage of presidential debates and Election Night. I helmed the live video desk on Inauguration Day, producing a livestream of the events for USA Today and other Gannett newspapers and television sites across the country.

While my main focus at USA Today was supervising a team of video editors who produced daily content, I also worked on annual staples like our Super Bowl ad meter and feature content like producing videos profiling NFL Films and going backstage at the Victoria Secret Fashion show. I also led the paper’s video section when responding to major breaking news like the the death of Michael Jackson.

A quick turnaround retrospective of the career of Michael Jackson produced after his death.

Selected Journalism Awards

Best of Photojournalism, Feature Video, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), 2008
First Place, NPPA Monthly Multimedia Contest, Jan. 2008
Multimedia Producer for Dail: Life Unbarred

First Place, NPPA Monthly Multimedia Contest, Feb. 2008
First Place Multimedia, North Carolina Press Association, 2008
Producer, Video Journalist for Great Eight 2008

Winner for Student Journalism, Online News Association, 2005
First Place, Multimedia, Independent, Best of Photojournalism Competition, 2005
Second Place, Multimedia, Independent, Pictures of the Year International, 2005
Gold Medal, Society for News Design, 2005
Audio/Video Coach and Design Team member for Chiloe Stories

Audience Choice Award, Asheville Film Festival, 2005
Official Selection, Northwest Folk Festival, OpenApp Film Festival, Piedmont Film Festival, 2005
Cratis D. Williams prize for outstanding student work, North Carolina Folklore Society 2005
Co-producer and director of Madison County Project, a documentary film and companion web site focusing on ballad singing tradition in a western North Carolina county

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