Widely experienced and nationally award-winning journalist; video
photography; skilled in a wide array of publishing software; proven
to execute complex assignments with energy and determination.

Current Position:

A.M. Best news, Oldwick, N.J.                         2009-present

•        Reporting on federal regulation of the insurance industry as the
Washington Bureau Manager for the century-old financial information company;
•       Writing news stories for BestWire, for a daily online news roundup, for  
comprehensive weekly newsletter BestWeek and monthly magazine Best's
Review and contributing video segments to BestDay.

Newspaper Work:

The Hartford Courant , Hartford, Conn.           2002 – 2009        
Circulation: 170,000/242,000

•        Focused on prominent lawmakers as the Courant’s Washington Bureau
Chief — the paper’s key political reporter; brought new technologies to the
position, including the establishment of a popular political blog, complete with
original photos and video;
•        Previously covered the defense industry and military, including
coordinating a project to report alongside the Marines in Fallujah, featuring a
Web hub to host regular reports, a blog, photos and audio from Iraq; also
reported exclusive stories on problematic equipment.

Yakima Herald-Republic , Yakima, Wash.           1999 – 2002        
Circulation: 40,000/41,000

•        Conducted a deep investigation into forest-fire deaths that resulted in
permanent changes to U.S. Forest Service firefighting practices;
•        Cultivated wide-ranging sources in a crime-plagued region as the police
and courts reporter.

Peninsula Daily News , Port Angeles, Wash.           1998 – 1999        
Circulation: 17,000/18,000

•        Competed day-to-day with national media as a general-assignment
reporter covering a culturally sensitive tribal whale hunt and also a beloved
pediatrician’s baby-murder case.

Columbian , Vancouver, Wash.                   1997 – 1998        
Circulation: 55,000/57,000

•        Responded to breaking news as a general-assignment reporter;
•        Coordinated a special weekly neighborhoods section as the Neighbors


•        Writes freelance political news and analysis, including for National Journal
and other magazines;
•        Has published in the major Tribune Co. papers and Seattle Times;
•        Led the 50-person staff of Western Washington University's The Western
Front as Editor in Chief;
•        Designed special sections at The Leader in Port Townsend, Wash.;
•        Designed various organization newsletters

Other Communications Work:

 Delivers video news reports at BestDay, a daily online news show
 Started politics blog On Background at www.courant.com/background, which
routinely broke news on significant Washington stories
 Appeared on C-SPAN, New England Cable News, CPTV, WNPR and other
analysis shows
 Reported stories for Connecticut Magazine and Hartford Magazine
 Researched and wrote entries on prominent Capitol Hill staff members and
committees for the reference book Almanac of the Unelected
 Wrote and designed for Klipsun Magazine at Western Washington University

Awards & Honors:

 George Polk Award for Regional Reporting – 2001
 SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Writing – 2001
 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award – first place, 2001
 Clarion Award, investigative series – 2002
 Michael Kelly Award finalist – 2007
 Livingston Award finalist – 2007 and 2001
 New England AP News Executives Assoc., enterprise – first place, 2007
 C.B. Blethen Award, investigative reporting – first place, 2002
 C.B. Blethen Award, enterprise reporting – first place, 2002
 Ted Natt First Amendment Award – 2002
 SPJ Connecticut, in-depth series – first place, 2007
 SPJ Pacific Northwest, criminal justice reporting – first place, 2001
 SPJ Pacific Northwest, investigative reporting – first place, 2001
 SPJ Pacific Northwest, comprehensive coverage – first place, 1999


Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.                
Bachelor of Arts, journalism major, history emphasis        
(outstanding journalism department graduate, 1997)


Centurion Risk Assessment Services Ltd.
Hostile Environments and First Aid course

The Bigger Picture:        

 Member, National Press Club
 Member, Military Reporters & Editors
 taught college workshops in image-editing and pagination software

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