I am an award-winning journalist and storyteller. Currently I’m the afternoon host for Cleveland’s NPR station, overseeing continued listener-growth in WCPN’s most listened-to day-part. I also contribute television material to WVIZ/PBS. My recent work has included a series of diverse Cleveland perspectives on community policing; a visit to an orchid empire; a look at the issue of food insecurity in Northeast Ohio; and a profile of a French knight; among many other projects. On occasion I moderate events around Cleveland, including a series of free conversations about global affairs, one of which was picked up by C-SPAN.
From 2010 to June 2013 I was a Zurich-based correspondent for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation’s English-language service World Radio Switzerland. I reported about a Swiss-Egyptian in revolutionary Cairo; history-making night flight of Solar Impulse; the future of Swiss banks; the reality of Swiss gun control; and I’ve interviewed bank CEOs and Nobel laureates. I hold an M.A. in International Relations and World Order (with Merit) from the University of Leicester. My dissertation, graded at ‘Distinction’ level, was titled: “From Kosovo to Syria: The Rise, Fall and Potential Resurrection of the ‘Responsibility to Protect.'” I also hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Media from the University of Idaho.
My work has been honored by the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA); and garnered three Edward R. Murrow awards from the RTDNA in 2014; a third place National Headliner Award in 2014; five Edward R. Murrow awards in 2013; among others.
Previously I was Morning Edition Producer/Reporter for NPR member station KJZZ 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona. My work has been featured on the Northwest News Network, the BBC, NPR, Public Radio International, Deutsche Welle, Westdeutscher Rundfunk and others.
In 2008, I was awarded the Arthur F. Burns fellowship, spending two months with Deutsche Welle Radio in Bonn, Germany. My major project compared U.S. and German guest worker realities by asking “Can a guest worker program work?” I returned to Germany in December that year to tour renewable energy sites, eventually leading to an in-depth series comparing Arizona energy policy to European practice.
In 2009, I was awarded a Robert Bosch fellowship for young American leaders, sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The fellowship facilitated high-level meetings with world leaders and power brokers in major European cities. I worked with editorial teams at West German Public Radio WDR focusing on arts, culture, and immigrant communities. At Bavarian Public Radio I worked with editorial teams with a daily talk show broadcast on radio and TV; with an immigrant-focused editorial team; and with the Munich editorial team. During this, I traveled to Oslo to offer analysis on U.S. President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize for WDR. I’ve been invited to speak on panels for the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association, and the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR.
In addition to radio, I regularly play acoustic guitar and write my own music; I’m a former sailing instructor; and hold multiple SCUBA certifications from PADI as a Rescue Diver.
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