Who, what? Voyager, voyeur, driven by detail and the epiphany of personal experience.
When, where? Anytime, anyplace.
How? Journalism and commercial copywriting (w/ journalistic integrity).
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, M.A., arts and culture concentrate
University of Mississippi, B.A., English and psychology
SELECT PUBLICATIONS VICE, Huck, Juxtapoz, BOMB, Vinyl Me Please, Brooklyn Rail, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Times, Number: Inc, Razorcake, Portico, Jackson Free Press
Features Writer, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, AR, Feb. 2013 - Aug. 2016. Reported and photographed for statewide daily, cir. 260,000. Accolades include 2016 specialty feature winner, Great Plains Journalism Awards; 2016 news feature winner, Arkansas APME awards; 2016 feature winner, Arkansas Press Association; 2015 entertainment feature winner, specialty feature finalist, Great Plains Journalism Awards; 2014 winner in health coverage and tourism coverage, 2nd for in-depth series, Arkansas Press Association; 2014 2nd place news feature, APME awards. Highlights include breaking a potential wrongful conviction story, which played a role in helping the Innocence Project secure physical evidence for DNA testing; and covering art/sport events such as SXSW, 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell Climbing Competition and Wakarusa Music Festival.
Editor/Reporter, Arkansas Times, Little Rock, AR, Nov. 2011 - Feb. 2013. Created and edited web and print content for newsy alt-weekly, including 3,000-word covers. Beats included Capitol, lottery, higher ed, environment, LGBTQ and entertainment. Highlights include coverage that held the mayor/city accountable during efforts to prevent a veterans treatment center from relocating to a gentrifying part of town and breaking the story of environmental damage caused by Arkansas’s frac sand mining industry.
Reporting Fellow, The Express Tribune/Columbia University, Karachi, Pakistan, March 2011 - Sept. 2011. Reported and wrote for a national daily affiliate of International New York Times. Edited national and style pages. Led newsroom workshops and mentored young reporters.
Editor/Reporter, Office of Agricultural Communications, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, Sept. 2010 - March 2011. Wrote and edited public relations magazine and wire stories. Wrote research-based educational material for extension services.
Copywriter/Location Scout, Mississippi Development Authority/Film Office, Jackson, MS, Jan. 2007-Aug. 2008. Generated copy and photography for tourism materials and film/TV projects. Researched film projects, including HBO doc Prom Night in Mississippi. Represented Mississippi Film Office at regional and national conferences. Helped organize National Black Programming Consortium’s New Media Institute in Jackson, Nov. 2007.
Production Assistant/Art Director, non-union film/TV projects. Los Angeles, CA. Jan. 2006 - Dec. 2006. Constructed sets and props. Organized crew. Generally supported producers and directors.
Editor, New Generation Research, Boston, MA, Aug. 2003 - Aug. 2005. Wrote newsletter articles and copy edited investment firm publications. Uploaded daily web news and managed databases. Created a data-heavy news feature each week. Oversaw production of a monthly publication, from submissions and layout to print. Hired and supervised interns.