I am an award-winning journalist and international broadcaster, with nearly 15 years as a reporter, anchor, and storyteller in multiple media. I am a dynamic leader and innovator who works to amplify authentic stories and perspectives that help us all better understand our world today.
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, overseeing continued listener-growth in WCPN’s most listened-to day-part.
Conceive, produce, report, and edit interviews, features, series, and long-form storytelling. Create web-intentional material for social media platforms. Served as an auxiliary news editor. Conceived, reported, edited, hosted, and produced long-form radio programs on topics like immigration, community-police relations, and lead poisoning. Anchored live radio coverage for the verdict of patrolman Michael Brelo. Lead producer and host for election coverage in 2014, 2016, coordinating an in-studio team of up to four people. Contributor to NPR, the BBC, Swissinfo, PRI’s The World, and more.
Work includes television and digital projects (for WVIZ/PBS), including news analysis for a weekly reporters round-table; filing television reports; hosting a local television auction; and moderating community events and fora: 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
Independent Reporter | (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. I also contribute selected works on Medium.
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.
Arthur F. Burns Fellow, Deutsche Welle | Bonn, Germany | (July 2008 – October 2008)
Chosen as 1 of 10 US journalists by the International Center for Journalists to work with a German media outlet. Embedded in the English-language editorial team in Bonn. Work focused on comparing US and German guest worker realities, but included other cultural, business, and political reports.
Coordinator, Sonic Roots Teen Radio Project | Tempe, AZ | (Sept 2007 – October 2008)
Developed a grant-funded program to teach public radio to high school students. Created a pilot lesson plan; created exercises and teaching materials; managed equipment inventory and costs; coordinated with local teachers; mentored students and produced their journalism for air on KJZZ. The program developed into the Spot 127 Youth Media Center: https://spot127.org/
Morning Producer/Reporter, KJZZ 91.5 FM | Phoenix, AZ | (Jan 2006 – Apr 2009)
Managed the morning news program for this NPR news member station. Scheduled interviews; wrote newscast copy; produced and reported features; occasionally hosted programs; maintained an editorial calendar; conceived, planned, led production and focus of series. Occasionally contributed nationally to various networks from the fifth largest US city.
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
Contract Reporter | Northwest News Network | Sept 2005 – Dec 2005
Stringer for this regional network serving public radio stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Worked from the Olympia capital bureau, and from NWPR at Washington State University.
News Director | KUOI-FM | (May 2004 – May 2005)
Managed a student news-team of five reporters. Oversaw and participated in award-winning newscast and features production for this university radio station.
Other work experience: 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)