W O R K E X P E R I E N C E
Host (Presenter), 90.3 WCPN, ideastream | Cleveland, OH | (Dec 2013 – )
The afternoon drive-time host for Cleveland’s NPR station (WCPN.) Duties include conceiving and producing interviews, features and series; and coordinating and collaborating with colleagues for on-air debriefs, interviews, and segments. Auxiliary news editor. Constructed long-form radio programs on community-police relations, lead poisoning, and the Hough Riots. Anchored live radio coverage for the 2016 RNC; the ‘137 shots’ verdict of Patrolman Michael Brelo, and was lead producer and host for election night coverage. Work includes television and digital projects (for WVIZ/PBS), including occasionally offering news analysis for a weekly reporters round-table; and moderating community events. (See: City Club event on foreign policy challenges for President-elect Trump, broadcast on C-SPAN; City Club event on ISIS, on Russia/Ukraine/Crimea, on Immigration, etc; Midtown Cleveland annual meeting; International law conference: the Obama Administration’s Legacy with respect to Crisis and Conflict in the Middle East)
Notable Stories: Our Land: A conversation about community policing; Hough Residents Want To Focus On Positivity, Leave The Past In The Past; Cleveland’s Gangs; An Orchid Empire; Interview with Strobe Talbott; Restaurateur Honored With Knighthood; Hard Choices And Tight Budgets: Food Insecurity In Northeast Ohio; A Clevelander, Retired Flight Attendant, And Women’s Rights Pioneer
Correspondent, World Radio Switzerland | Zurich, Switzerland | (June 2010 – June 2013 )
Political and national affairs correspondent producing features, interviews, and in-depth series from the German-speaking region of Switzerland; includes reporting of Parliament, banking, business, and human interest stories. Hosted national newscasts for evening drive-time. Contributed long-form work for the program Business Insight, and long-form interviews for the program Lunch With. WRS was part of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. It was awarded “Radio of the Year” in 2012 and 2013.
Notable Stories: Series from Cairo; Do More Guns Mean Less Crime; Future of Swiss Banks; Davos Coverage; First Night-Flight of a Solar Airplane; Homeless refugee family reignites housing debate; Swiss Border town complains of refugee problems
Fellow, Robert Bosch Stiftung (Foundation) | Germany | (2009 – 2010)
Selected as a young American leader for work placements in Germany, and high-level seminars with top EU politicians and power brokers. Embedded with editorial teams at West German Public Radio and Bavarian Public Radio. Guest editor with WDR 3 (classical music/arts and culture), and with Funkhaus Europa (immigrant-focused programming). Part of BR editorial teams for: a daily talk show broadcast on TV and radio; for immigrant-focused programming; and for Munich news. Contributed to WDR from President Obama’s Nobel peace prize acceptance in Oslo.
Morning Producer/Reporter, KJZZ 91.5 FM | Phoenix, AZ | (Jan 2006 – Apr 2009)
Produced, wrote, edited, reported and mixed long-form features, spot news and newscasts; conceived and developed thematic elements, editorial focus, and sonic intros for newsroom series, for this NPR News station in the fifth largest US city. Occasionally hosted local programs and contributed nationally.
Notable Stories: Comparing US and German Guest-workers; Arizonans at Landstuhl; pouring euros into Arizona; a Sedona prayer amplifier; cyber vigilantism; German pilots flying over desert; Wireless video in ambulances
Arthur F. Burns Fellow, Deutsche Welle | Bonn, Germany | (July 2008 – October 2008)
Immigration, human interest reporting on this fellowship administered by the International Center for Journalists. My main project compared US and German guest worker realities.
Coordinator, Sonic Roots Teen Radio Project | Tempe, AZ | (Sept 2007 – October 2008)
Administrated and founded this outreach project to teach radio journalism to Arizona high school students.
Independent Reporter | Domestic and International networks | (2005 – Present)
Independent journalist contributing radio features, videos, and web articles to various outlets including: NPR, Deutsche Welle, the Northwest News Network, Northwest Public Radio, PRI, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Swissinfo.ch, and the BBC. Have also offered live news analysis on BBC radio and television and Deutsche Welle television.
Other work experience: College radio news director, newspaper intern, webmaster, photo specialist
E D U C A T I O N
University of Leicester (UK)
M.A., International Relations and World Order (with Merit)
Dissertation graded at ‘Distinction‘ level: “From Kosovo to Syria: The Rise, Fall and Potential Resurrection of the ‘Responsibility to Protect'”
University of Idaho
T R A I N I N G
- Poynter Institute, Power Reporting Seminar, St. Petersburg, Florida | April/May 2007
- Transatlantic Climate Bridge, Berlin/Hamburg, GER | December 2008
Administered by InWent (an NGO.) Toured renewable energy sites on the country’s northern coast. Used the experience as part of a multi-part series about energy in Arizona for KJZZ 91.5 FM, Phoenix.
- Institut für Sprachvermittlung (IFS), Berlin, GER | June – August 2009
Studied German language, society and culture as a continuation of studies begun by private tutor in February 2009. Coached at a C1 language level on the CEFR scale.
- BBC College of Journalism | April 2011 and February 2013
While with World Radio Switzerland, BBC trainers taught sessions on Online and Social Media Research, and News Writing.
L A N G U A G E S
Native English speaker; fluent German; conversational French
S K I L L S
Proficient with the following programs/equipment:
• Microsoft Office Applications
• Pro Tools for Macintosh Computers
• Adobe Audition
• Movie Maker, iMovie, some Adobe Premiere
• Smart FTP, Filezilla, etc (online file transfers)
• Audio Vault (studio audio file management system)
• Joomla, WordPress (Webpage building, data managers)
• Marantz Digital Flash recorder
• Mini disk recorders and studio players
• Studio control board/Master control function
• DMOD and ISDN Interfaces
Some video experience
A C C O L A D E S
Won an award from the Ohio SPJ for a documentary produced in 2015.
Won awards from the Ohio AP, and the Press Club of Cleveland for work in 2014, 2015.
Won two 2006 AP Awards; “First Place” Use of Sound; “Second Place” Sports Feature
Won three 2005 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards for radio features
Awarded the first-ever Michael Kirk Award for Broadcast from the University of Idaho in 2005.
Panelist for the UNHCR’s annual NGO consultations on racism and xenophobia in Europe, July 2012, Geneva.
Panelist for the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association discussion on freedom and rights, July 2013, Berlin.
Eagle Scout (Silver Palm), with experience as an aquatics instructor at regional and national Boy Scout facilities
Alumnus and former vice president of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Gamma-Theta Chapter (RP: GMC)