CAREER

Content Marketing Specialist (New York, N.Y.) 2016-present
• Develop digital, print and visual content in support of the firm's award-winning brand and industry- and practice-specific positioning. Principal writer and editor of case studies, web copy and other collateral as well as delivering in-depth research, writing, editing and socialization.

Communications Specialist, Goodwin Procter LLP (New York, N.Y.) 2012-2016
Produce and edit internal and external communications to deliver key messages across multiple platforms for a leading global law firm with eight offices around the world. Also executive produce, direct, shoot and edit a regular series of videos promoting the firm internally and externally.

Senior Writer, Ropes & Gray LLP (New York, N.Y.) 2010-2012
Developed web and intranet articles, press releases, marketing materials, biographies, newsletters, executive talking points, presentations and policy memos for a leading global law firm.

Freelance Writer and Author (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 2005-2010
• My articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, Gourmet, Institutional Investors’ Alpha magazine, Minnesota Monthly and PDN, a national photography magazine.
Authored 17 educational, nonfiction books for young readers across a variety of subjects, including “The Dred Scott Decision,” tracking the watershed Supreme Court ruling on slavery; “The Weeping Time,” chronicling the largest sale of slaves in U.S. history; and “The Monongah Mining Disaster,” detailing the nation’s deadliest mining accident. My other works include “Citizenship,” “The Civil Rights Act of 1964,” “The Chicago Blackhawks,” “Dolphins” and “The Legacy of the Holocaust.” Three of my books explore the lives of young people around the world, including “Teens in Spain,” “Teens in Finland” and “Teens in the Philippines.”

Marketing/Public Relations/Creative Consultant
(Brooklyn, N.Y.) 2007-2010
• Developed web content and marketing materials for CureIS Healthcare Inc., a growing health care information technology firm in Minnesota.
• Wrote and distributed a series of press releases for The Ballibay Camps, a prestigious fine arts and performing arts camp in northeastern Pennsylvania.
• Conceived, researched, wrote and developed original and innovative reality and documentary television concepts and treatments for Steinway Productions in South Orange, N.J.

Newspaper Reporter
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) 2001-2005
• Senior Features Writer: Revealed a sprawling, decades-old garbage dump in a pristine state park prompting an investigation and cleanup within a week of breaking the story. Profiled people and places in Virginia Beach while covering the city's resort and tourism industry.
• Virginia Beach City Hall Reporter: Exposed secret police surveillance of a grass-roots group opposed to a planned dolphin exhibit at a city aquarium. Tracked politics, public projects and municipal operations in a city with a $1.3 billion budget and 430,000 residents.
 
The Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) 1994-2001
• Staff Writer: Covered city hall, education, police, civil and criminal courts and general assignment news; created a new demographics, youth and technology beat.

The Waseca County News (Waseca, Minn.) Summer 1993
• General assignment reporter, photographer, columnist, copy editor and page designer.

The MSU Reporter (Minnesota State University) 1991-1994
• Editor-in-Chief: supervised reporters, editors, designers and photographers at college newspaper.

EDUCATION
Minnesota State University, (Mankato, Minn.)
• B.A. (cum laude); Journalism major; English minor.

AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
• 2007 MOSAIC Exhibit Selection for “The Dred Scott Decision,” representing the best multicultural literature reviewed by the Lincoln (Neb.) Public Schools Media Services.
• 2005 Virginia Press Association, General News Writing
• 2004 Samuel P. Slover Award, Feature Writing, The Virginian-Pilot
• 2003 Knight Fellowship, Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, University of Maryland