I’ve been at this journalism and communications game for a while and am currently communicating for Rutgers University–Newark’s School of Arts & Sciences. To see all the gory details and greatest hits, please have a look at my resumé and LinkedIn.
In addition to incisive writing, careful editing and solid news judgment, I bring valuable experience crafting editorial strategy, building and managing editorial teams, producing/packaging stories across multiple platforms, and in communications contexts engaging key stakeholders to advance organizational objectives.
I like reporting locally and nationally on issues of substance. In 2006–2008 I led an award-winning community newspaper on the West Side of Manhattan called Chelsea Now, breaking stories on education, illegal hotels, affordable housing (etc.) that fueled major reforms—winning two New York Press Association awards in the process. I've also freelanced for a variety of outlets and have been known to let my hair down and write about music, food and culture as well.
In 2011 I joined Rutgers and continued writing news stories and features—while developing the college’s communications plan from scratch, implementing it on a variety of channels, and creating a cohesive visual identity and messaging strategy to dramatically increase the school’s visibility and fundraising. In addition, I work with senior leadership across the university to leverage stakeholders in pursuit of that mission; oversee the launch of college websites and faculty/staff training; manage media relations/place stories in Rutgers and mainstream publications; curate website homepage content; oversee the production of video content; and plan/implement social-media and email marketing strategy, using data analytics to drive decisions.
Prior to that, in the early aughts, I photo-documented the cleanup at Ground Zero as part of FEMA’s public affairs team after 9/11. And way back in the day I co-founded and led PR efforts for V-Day Men, a companion organization of playwright Eve Ensler’s V-Day, to help end violence against women. (Ensler wrote and starred in the Obie Award–winning “The Vagina Monologues.”)
Along the way I’ve been a freelance copy editor for more than 40 magazines, book publishers and websites, including Harper’s, Wired, Rolling Stone, Time Out New York, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, Smart Money, Talk Miramax Books and HarperCollins San Francisco, and was the last reader on books by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and lawyer David Boies.
I hold a B.A. in English from Syracuse University, an M.A. in American History from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.
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