I’ve been a writer, award-winning journalist, podcaster, and international communications professional for nearly 20 years working in the U.S. and Europe. I am a proponent of cultural literacy, exchange, and understanding. I like to work for and with organizations looking to help build communities stronger, with a mission that respects the humanity of its clients and the potential of us all.
In January 2022, I began my position as Global Content Leader – People Advisory Services with EY.
My past journalism work was published by, among others, NPR, the BBC, PRI, Deutsche Welle, Unabridged Press, and Swissinfo. I’ve also produced a vlog series on bread baking and storytelling, and I created the award-winning Faith Full Podcast.
From November 2020, I’ve served as Co-President of the Board of Directors for the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association. In 2021, I was named a “NextGen Leader” by the German Marshall Fund, and attended the Young Professionals Summit at Brussels Forum.
In December 2021 I stepped away from the microphone after 8 years as anchor for the National Public Radio station in Cleveland, having overseen afternoons as the most listened-to day part. I was honored by the Ohio AP Media Editors as “Best Anchor/Host” for work in 2020.
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 earned an M.A. in International Relations and World Order (with Merit) from the University of Leicester. I also earned a B.Sc. in Journalism from the University of Idaho, and I’m working on my MBA in Digital Marketing from Youngstown State University.
My journalism work over the years received honors from the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA); and garnered a second place National Headliner Award in 2017; 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.
Earlier in my career I worked for the NPR station in Phoenix, Arizona, and as a stringer for the regional Northwest News Network.
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. I even traveled to Oslo to offer analysis on U.S. President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize for WDR.
In addition to radio, I like to bake bread; regularly play acoustic guitar and write my own music; I’m a former sailing instructor; I’m an Eagle Scout; and I hold multiple SCUBA certifications from PADI as a Rescue Diver.
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