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Graduated May 2017
The University of Arizona – College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
BA in Journalism with a minor in Arabic
Staff Writer at Newsweek
09/2017 – present
I write 1-5 breaking news stories a day, covering all subjects, including terrorism attacks, natural disasters, elections, and Twitter. As a staff write, I cover civil rights and LGBT issues.
News Assistant at NPR
08/2017 – 09/2017
I work with producers and desk editors to build out stories for web, create headlines, teasers and search for images to accompany build-outs. I also pitch and write multiple original stories with digital coverage every week and manage NPR’s social media platforms that garner millions of views and clicks every day.
Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Bottle Magazine
01/2016 – present
Hire over 50 volunteer employees for Bottle Magazine, a newly founded online magazine with 100,000 monthly online views. I manage day-to-day operations, have weekly meetings with all directors and executive editors. I produce content for each of the sections, and am responsible for organizing editorials. Founded bottlemagazine.com.
Digital News Intern for NPR
Worked with producers and desk editors to build out stories for web. Created headlines, teasers and search for images to accompany build-outs. Pitched and wrote original stories with digital coverage. I covered the Resist March and reported during the flurry of the Alexandria shooting. My stories individually received over half a million views on NPR.org and my live coverage of events included hosting on NPR’s Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. Beyond reporting, I researched for fellow reporters and editors, and covered beats from healthcare to pop culture and technology.
Don Bolles Fellow for the Arizona Sonora News Service
I spent the semester in Phoenix, Arizona covering the Arizona State Legislature as the Don Bolles Fellow. I acted as a member of the press, reporting on whatever bills came my way, from appropriations to transportation, while still allowing time for weekly enterprise pieces. This fellowship is named for the Arizona Republic reporter killed in 1976 while investigating organized crime, and is awarded to tenacious and dedicated University of Arizona journalism students.
Political Reporting Intern for FiveThirtyEight
Researched and reported on the 2016 presidential race by utilizing data mining, data entry, data analysis and reporting and writing techniques for FiveThirtyEight, which focuses on opinion polling, politics, economics and sports.
Freelance writer for Madden Media
05/2015 – 08/2016
Periodically wrote 800 word articles for different travel magazines and companies within Madden Media, a leading magazine publisher.
Web Project Manager for the Thomas R. Brown Foundation
Working as an independent contractor, I enhanced the Thomas R. Brown Foundation’s website for greater functionality, built a community portal within the website that will allow for communication between individuals and organizations involved with the nonprofit, ensured timely enhancement of website with ongoing maintenance and development and managed social media presence and digital outreach for the organization.
Intern for TucsonSentinel.com
Wrote 1-3 articles per week for the online paper that serves a community of over 1 million.
Freelance reporter for the Sierra Vista Herald
Wrote 1-3 articles per week for various sections of the daily paper, covering everything from profiles on successful Sierra Vistans to news stories on the U.S./Mexico border.
Communications Assistant for the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
Photographed and edited events using Photoshop and upload to College of Pharmacy website and social media; recorded and produced videos using Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie and VideoScribe; reported and wrote articles relating to activities at the College of Pharmacy; maintained the College of Pharmacy website; and managed the College of Pharmacy social media.
Apprentice for the Arizona Daily Star
Wrote 1-3 watchdog government articles per week for the metro section of the daily paper that serves a community of over 1 million.
News Editor for El Independiente
Coordinated with the advisor, ME, copy chief and web editors. I was responsible for all news content of the magazine, I developed and assigned story ideas as needed, worked with reporters on sources, story angles and story organization. I conducted initial and in-depth editing of stories and confer with reporters. I kept an updated budget of all stories and where each is in editorial process. I decided story placement, in conjunction with editorial staff.
Arts and Life Reporter for The Arizona Daily Wildcat
01/2014 – 05/2016
Wrote two to three articles weekly, found art to run along with the story, interviewed key members of the art community and brainstormed with members of the writing team. I started a series called Tucson Jams where I would attend a different concert by a local Tucson artist each week and write a review.
Grading assistant for Journalism 105
Took attendance, graded assignments and tests and offered guidance to a class of over 120 beginning journalism students.
Digital News Editor for the Arizona Daily Wildcat
Generated and assigned stories for writers, edited three to seven articles seven days a week, wrote articles, discussed pay with writers, led desk meetings, worked closely with other members of the news team and hire writers.
Intern at MergerWatch and Raising Women’s Voices
Wrote and created bimonthly blog updates and newsletters depicting different women’s health issues throughout the state of New York and the nation, and managed social media for Raising Women’s Voices, Raising Women’s Voices – NY and MergerWatch. Conducted weekly outreach at different events in New York to uninsured LGBT people in order to convey information about coverage options through the New York State of Health.
Investigative Editor for the Arizona Daily Wildcat
Generated story ideas and assigned and published long-form investigative stories focusing on issues within the University of Arizona and Tucson community. Interviewed and hired five reporters at newly created investigative desk. Edited their articles, lead desk meetings and worked closely with other editors and reporters.
Editorial Intern at Madden Media
Learned about the many facets of the publishing industry at leading magazine publisher. Fact checked, copy edited and formatted copy using InDesign. Attended in-house meetings, wrote sidebars and listings and met with the production, design and sales staff.
Research Assistant for the University of Arizona School of Communication
Coded 20-50 articles per week with the mission of finding the link between how journalists wrote about the midterm elections and the turn out of young people to the polls. While coding, I payed particular attention to the way each article is written, if a source was quoted, paraphrased or mentioned; if a paragraph was describing political strategy or political issue; and the qualifications of each source.
Assistant News Editor for the Arizona Daily Wildcat
Generated and assigned stories for writers, edited articles, wrote articles, discussed pay with writers, helped lead desk meetings, worked closely with other members of the news team and hired writers. Covered midterm elections and interviewed candidate (now representative) Martha McSally and incumbent Congressman Ron Barber.
Sales associate at Victoria’s Secret
11/2013 – 07/2016 (on and off throughout holiday seasons)
Maintained customer service and generated sales.
Medical scanner for Genesis OBGYN
Scanned medical documents into an online program to create a more efficient way for doctors to view their patients’ information.
Conversational American Sign Language
Elementary Arabic speaking and writing
Elementary coding skills in Java and HTML
Basic skills in InDesign, Final Cut Pro X, Photoshop CS6, iPhoto, iMovie, Microsoft Office, Storify and WordPress
Online News Association – Local President (08/2015 – 07/2016) and National Member
Investigative Editors and Reporters – National Member
Scholarships, awards and honors:
- Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year (2017)
- Second Place in Student News Reporting from the Arizona Press Club (2016)
- Douglas D. Martin Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism (2016)
- B. P. Campbell Outstanding Junior Award (2016)
- Peggy Daum Judge Scholarship (2016)
- Arizona Daily Wildcat Young Gun Award (2015)
- Wildcat Excellence Award (2013-2017)
- Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence (2013)
- Buena Band Association Scholarship (2013)
As a Daily Wildcat editor:
- College Media Association 2nd Place National Best Special Section (2015-2016) Associated Collegiate Press:
- 2015 – Online Pacemaker (DailyWildcat.com) – National Finalist
- 2016 – Newspaper Special Edition (“It Happened Here. Twice.”) – 1st Place National College Media Convention “Best of Show”
- 2016 – Newsmagazine/Special Section Cover (“It Happened Here. Twice.”) – 2ndPlace National
- Arizona Newspapers Association:
- 2015-16 – General Excellence, 2nd Place
- 2015-16 – Reporting & Newswriting Excellence, 3rd Place
- 2015-16 – Editorial Page Excellence, 3rd Place
- 2015-16 – Community Service / Journalistic Achievement (“It Happened Here. Twice.”) – 2nd Place
- 2015-16 – Special Section, Newspaper Supplement or Magazine (“It Happened Here. Twice.”) – 3rd Place
- 2015-16 – Newspaper Online Site/Web Page (DailyWildcat.com) – 1st Place
- Arizona Press Club:
- 2015 – Community Editorial Writing, 1st place
- 2015 – Statewide Editorial Writing, 2nd place