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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.
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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
reporter.


Additional:   

•        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



Education:                        

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


Certification:

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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