Experience

Managing editor, WV Living, Wonderful West Virginia, and special projects
Charleston, W.Va. — 2016 – current

I am currently managing editor of WV Living, a quarterly lifestyle magazine that is the flagship publication of New South Media. I assign, manage, and edit stories by the magazine’s staff and freelancers, shoot photos and assign photos to freelance photographers, coordinate the magazine’s design, and write for the publication. I also manage special projects, including a travel guide for the West Virginia Division of Tourism, and Wonderful West Virginia, a wildlife magazine NSM publishes for the state Division of Natural Resources.

Freelance writer
2016 – current

My stories have been published by Rolling Stone Country, 100 Days in Appalachia, Green Building & Design, and Lapham’s Quarterly‘s Round Table blog. I have also produced branded content for Madden Media of Tuscon, Arizona.

Managing editor, West Virginia Focus
Charleston, W.Va. — 2015 – 2016

I spent six issues as managing editor of West Virginia Focus, a bimonthly business and policy magazine published by New South Media. I also worked with “Turn This Town Around,” a campaign run by West Virginia Focus, the West Virginia Community Development Hub, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting to help small, struggling West Virginia towns revitalize their image and economy.

Life and community engagement editor, Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, W.Va. — 2013 – 2015

As life editor, I managed the newspaper’s life and entertainment sections, which were published every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The “community engagement” part of the position included finding new ways to connect with audiences (social media, blogs, reader participation projects, etc.).

Accomplishments:

  • Managed several highly successful reader engagement projects
  • Created “Charley West’s Bonus Tracks” original music video series
  • Launched “The Pop Machine” entertainment blog

Reporter, Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, W.Va. — 2009 – 2013

During my time as a reporter, I covered education, health and state government.

Accomplishments:

  • Award-winning coverage of the Upper Big Branch disaster, the Sissonville gas line explosion, and other major news events
  • Chosen to represent Digital First Media at the Online News Association’s annual conference in 2013
  • Winner of DFM’s inaugural “DFMie” for use of social media

Education

University of Charleston
B.A., Mass Communications — 2005 – 2009

Graduated summa cum laude, named “Mass Communications Student of the Year” in 2009, served as editor and publisher of the campus newspaper “The Eagle”

Skills

  • Writing, copy editing
  • Project management
  • Photography and video
  • Social media promotion
  • Basic HTML

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