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, packaging stories across multiple platforms, and aligning communications messaging with organizational goals.
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 about pressing issues—all while developing the college’s communications plan from scratch, implementing it across multiple platforms, and creating a cohesive visual identity and messaging strategy that dramatically increased the school’s visibility and fundraising. In addition, I oversaw the launch of the college’s first website, managing our web-developer relationship, addressing technical issues, and coordinating/training personnel from 40 college departments and academic service areas. I also placed stories in Rutgers publications and mainstream media outlets, curated homepage content on the website, and oversaw our social media efforts.
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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