Freelance writer, November 2012 to present
Writing and editing for a number of publications, including Indulge magazine, South Florida Gay News, Fort Lauderdale magazine, Venice magazine, , Gulfstream Media, Fusion’s Project Earth section and more.
Managing Editor, Luxe Interiors + Design, October 2019 to March 2020
Manage a team of freelancers to produce Scene sections in the company’s Miami/Palm Beach, New York, Chicago, Texas, Pacific Northwest and Arizona magazines. Also edited homes features for Miami/Palm Beach and New York. Took on extra tasks, such as feature writing and fact checking for
Web Editor, Boca magazine, February 2018 to October 2019
Manage and write for bocamag.com, which includes managing a team of freelance writers who contribute weekly. Also manages social media accounts for Boca magazine and Delray magazine. Attend pitch meetings with editorial staff, writing feature stories for each issue of Boca magazine.
Web poster and Transcriber, Newsmax.com, February 2016 to February 2018
Edit copy and produces posts for the website, coordinate with video team for television shows, transcribe interviews for reporters to writeup. Started as a freelance contractor, then brought on full-time.
Assistant Editor, The Huffington Post Miami – February to November 2012
Write and aggregate news stories for Miami-Dade and Broward readership
Reporter, Forum Publishing Group – October 2009 February 2012
University of Florida in Gainesville, FL – June 2004 to May 2008
Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism with a minor in anthropology
Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China August 2000 to May 2004
AWARDS AND AFFILIATIONS
Immediate Past President of Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter, July 2019 to present
– Represent the chapter and its goals, as well as creating programming, scholarships, networking with other journalism groups, and attending journalism conferences. Started as secretary in 2013, then vice president and president.
First Place in In-Depth Reporting, Florida Magazine Association’s Charlie Awards, July 2020
Second Place in Blog Writing, SPJ Florida’s Sunshine State Awards, July 2019
Second Place in Best News Website, SPJ Florida’s Sunshine State Awards, July 2019
Third Place in In-Depth Reporting, Florida Magazine Association’s Charlie Awards, July 2019
Third Place in Public Service Reporting, SPJ Florida’s Sunshine State Awards, 2018
Second place in Minority Reporting, Florida Press Club, November 2017
– Florida Press Club’s annual Excellence in Journalism Competition in class B-D
Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program Fellow, Society of Professional Journalists, September 2016
– Attended the Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans, La., with the scholarship.
Second Place in Minority Reporting, July 2016
– Society of Professional Florida Chapter’s annual Sunshine State Awards, judged by a sister chapter; submitted pieces on LGBT issues, such as a feature on conversion therapy and a gay couple’s journey through adoption.
First Place in Religion Reporting, November 2014
– Florida Press Club’s annual Excellence in Journalism Competition in class C-D
Third Place in Profile Reporting, August 2014
First Place in Minority Reporting, August 2014
– Society of Professional Journalists Florida Chapter’s annual Sunshine State Awards, judged by SPH Ohio chapter; submitted six pieces from South Florida Gay News to showcase reporting of the LGBT community
Secretary, Society of Professional Journalists Florida, August 2013 to 2015
– Keep meeting minutes and help organize events and projects to further journalism in the state.
P.R.I.D.E. Award, October 2010
– Quarterly award to Forum Publishing Group staff members who excel; recognized for breaking story about Sunrise, Fla. falling off of Google Maps with national news groups linking to the story.
Honorable Mention for News Story by the Community Papers of Florida, May 2010
– Yearly award distinguishing excellence in editorial, design and photography
– Recognized for story chronicling first case of Chinese drywall in Sunrise, Fla.
Honorable Mention for Consumer Magazine Feature by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, August 2009
– Yearly award distinguishing excellence in student-produced magazines
– Recognized for story documenting gang tattoos, profiling an active gang member in a Florida state correctional facility and a former gang member in Miami