I earned my Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism, in July 1997, from the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.
I served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, assisting professors in teaching undergraduate courses in radio and TV news production, and taught a class of my own on studio TV production. In addition to my TA responsibilities, I won a Syracuse University Graduate Fellowship.
While in graduate school, I worked as a reporter, producer and anchor for WNSS (1260-AM), the CBS News Radio affiliate in Syracuse. At the time, the station had a 24-hour news format. I anchored a newly created Sunday morning news program from 6 a.m. through Noon, and researched, wrote and reported news stories of local, state and regional interest for the station’s other programming.
I earned my undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science & English, from the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, in May 1996.
I combined my interest in academic politics with my professional interest in journalism, writing my thesis on the effectiveness of St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley’s political communications efforts, and was honored for my academic achievements by being selected as a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
While at Wash. U, I was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, and worked for four years for Student Life, the university’s independent, semi-weekly student newspaper. I served as a Staff Reporter, and held paid positions as an Assistant News Editor, Opinion Editor, Circulation Manager and Photography Director. I wrote more than 150+ bylined stories and published 75+ photographs.