Experience

Freelance writer
2016 – current

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

Folkways reporter, Inside Appalachia
2019 – current

I am a part-time reporter for Inside Appalachia’s folkways project, a grant-funded reporting project that helps preserve Appalachia’s folk traditions.

Multimedia specialist, WVU Extension Service
2019 – current

I produce written stories, photos, and video for the WVU Extension Service, focused on the agency’s Family Nutrition Program.

Managing editor, WV Living, Wonderful West Virginia, and special projects
2016 – 2019

I was managing editor of WV Living, a quarterly lifestyle magazine that is the flagship publication of New South Media. I was responsible for assigning, managing, and editing stories by the magazine’s staff and freelancers, shooting photos and assigning photos to freelance photographers, coordinating the magazine’s design, and writing for the publication. I also managed 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.

Managing editor, West Virginia Focus
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
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
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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