I am an award-wining journalist, professional copy editor, and founder of a pioneering marketing blog for higher education and nonprofits.
Investigative reporting, longform feature stories, speech writing, press releases, broadcast commercial scripts, corporate e-newsletters, daily blog posts, branded social media posts, original poetry for my senior thesis... with the exception of fiction writing, I have done it all!
Below are links to some writing samples - please don't hesitate to ask me for other examples if you are interested in seeing more.
In 2013, I founded Social Media for Colleges, a website focused on highlighting best practices of social media use in higher education. In 2018, the site will re-brand as Nonprofit Insiders and will follow the latest trends in video and social media use by nonprofits. The goal of the blog is to feature great ideas and provide a resource for fellow nonprofit professionals. It has a dedicated audience of thousands of readers, nearly all of whom work professionally in communications.
In 2005-06 and 2007-2008, I wrote a blog for The Oregonian covering University of Portland athletics.
Longform features and reporting
I began reporting in 2003 as a writer and editor for The Beacon - the University of Portland's student paper. I won several awards for my journalism during this time, including in 2005 being named the best college newspaper writer in the state by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
In 2015 I began grad school in multimedia journalism at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication and wrote several longform stories for my coursework.
I have written hundreds of press releases in my career, covering everything from major events, Division I college athletics, large philanthropic gifts, significant institutional news, and much more.
I see the role of an effective media relations professional as very similar to a beat reporter - finding interesting stories, developing good sources, conducting insightful interviews, and getting to the heart of what readers are actually interested in. For examples of where I have placed stories, please click here.
- Providence Honors Early Advocate of Immunotherapy for Lifetime of Generosity and Service
- Pilots Lead from Start-to-Finish in Upset of No. 18 Gonzaga
- U.S. News & World Report ranks UP 7th in West; among top 10 for 21st consecutive year
- Princeton Review names UP one of America's "Green Colleges" for 6th straight year