From a very young age, I was fascinated by storytellers. I remember wanting to be an author, from the time I learned to read and write. That’s what drew me to print journalism. And, after watching CNN’s Bernard Shaw and Peter Arnett offer live reports on the bombing of Baghdad during the first Gulf War, I aspired to work in television news.
From 1992 through 2001, I worked as an intern, freelance and part-time production assistant and reporter/anchor/producer for a variety of local and national media outlets. These included:
- CBSNews.com, Sales Research Consultant, February – May 2001, New York, New York. Provided monthly traffic reports to the site’s ad sales director used by the sales team in selling banner ads and online sponsorships.
- Tech TV(now G4TV), Production Assistant, February – May 2001, New York, New York. I assisted with the launch of the cable network’s New York news bureau.
- WNSS-AM (CBS News Radio), Anchor/Reporter/Producer, November 1996 – May 1997, Syracuse, New York. I served as a “vacation relief” anchor and anchored the station’s Sunday morning news block (6 a.m. – Noon). In this role, I wrote, reported, produced and delivered 20+ minutes of live local, state and regional news, sports, business and weather coverage each hour. I also wrote and reported stories to the station’s week day news programming.
- ESPN, Production Runner, College Football Game Day, Fall 1996, Syracuse, New York. I worked with the production crew assigned to Syracuse home football games, assisting as needed with all facets of production.
- KSDK-TV (NBC), Assignment Desk Intern, September 1994 – May 1995, St. Louis, Missouri. Three nights a week (Tuesday-Thursday) I served as an assignment desk assistant, coordinating field crew activities and working with show producers to gather stories for the station’s 10 p.m. newscast. I assisted in covering numerous high-profile news stories, including Election 1994, a plane crash, several shootings and a hidden camera investigation on underage gambling.
- KLK Communications, Production Assistant, Fall 1994, St. Louis, Missouri. I assisted in the research and production of video news releases for the private production company’s clients, most of which were in the healthcare sector.
- CBS News Productions, Production Intern, December 1993, May – August 1993, New York, New York. I worked as a production intern — researching content, logging video, etc. — on CBS News syndicated programs including 20th Century with Mike Wallace on the History Channel and On The Road With Charles Kuralt on the Travel Channel.
- CBS NewsPath Sports, Production Intern, May – August 1993, New York, New York. I worked as a production intern for the network’s affiliate feed service. I logged sports events, created highlights reels and wrote scripts, while covering the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum induction ceremonies, the PGA’s U.S. Open, Wimbledon and NFL training camps.
- CBS News Special Events, Production Assistant, Presidential Debate, October 1992, St. Louis, Missouri. I served as a production assistant for CBS News’ coverage of the first Presidential debate of the 1992 Presidential Campaign.