Work experience

Staff Writer, ZDNet (CBSi, Red Ventures)

May 2016 – present

  • Responsible self starter: Write one to six articles a day, with significant editorial independence. Responsible for finding stories on a daily basis and ensuring ZDNet provides comprehensive coverage of business technology news.

  • Communications expert: Coverage includes short blog posts, long-form analytical articles, interviews, on-air video analysis, production of video interviews with business executives.

  • Personable and engaging: Moderate panels at events and represent ZDNet on the West Coast. Engage with audiences via social media.

  • Smart, quick learner: Areas of focus include cloud computing, business hardware/software, innovation, privacy, security.

Digital Journalist, CBSNews.com (CBSi) 

April 2009 – April 2016

  • Provided comprehensive politics and policy coverage, including breaking news coverage and in-depth analysis of Congress, the White House, the judiciary branch, government agencies and elections.

    • Special focus on health care reform policy and Supreme Court coverage.

    • Highlights include covering the Supreme Court's landmark 2015 gay rights ruling and the Supreme Court's pivotal 2016 Affordable Care Act ruling.

    • Traveled to New Hampshire, South Carolina and other key states to cover the 2012 presidential primaries and debates.

  • Demonstrated leadership and people skills by bridging gaps between CBS Interactive and CBS News. Spearheaded 2011 special report called "United States of Influence" that leveraged CBS's multi-platform resources, including its premier broadcast reporting team and polling unit, to explore the influence of money in politics.

  • Served as substitute editor, ensuring appropriate political coverage on CBSNews.com, while copyediting and providing guidance for other reporters.

  • Produced video packages from conception, through production and editing.

  • Moderated social media and contributed to radio coverage with on-air briefings.

Washington Correspondent, CNET News (CBSi)

August 2008 – April 2009 

  • Covered technology policy, including cybersecurity, energy policy and intellectual property.

  • Covered the use of technology in politics, including on-site coverage of the use of technology at the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions and the 2009 presidential inauguration.

Blogger, PoliticalBase.com

​Nov. 2007 – August 2008 

  • Wrote articles, moderated social media, oversaw site maintenance for the startup founded by Shelby Bonnie.

Intern, The Nation Magazine

Jan. 2007 – June 2007

  • Covered congressional hearings and reported on national affairs for TheNation.com.

  • Performed investigative research and fact checking for reporters.

Desk Assistant, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

​July 2006 – Jan. 2007 

  • Contributed reporting to the NewsHour website.

  • Prepared comprehensive research files for senior correspondents and producers.

  • Fact checked nightly broadcast scripts.

Staff Writer, Silicon Valley Community Newspapers

​Oct. 2005 – June 2006

  • Covered city council, business and general news for the city of Campbell, Calif. 

  • Wrote regular feature stories, discovered by developing a rapport with the community.

Intern, The Stanford Magazine

​Summer, 2005

  • Fact checked, wrote headlines and completed original writing and reporting.

Education

Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Bachelor of Arts in communication, with a minor in economics, 2005

El Centro Chicano Honor Roll member

Skills

Content management systems (CMS); Microsoft Office; basic HTML; SEO; AP style; social media; on-camera experience; basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere; trained on Sony NXCAM professional camcorder.

Accomplishments and Affiliations

Volunteer, Oct. 2016 - Nov. 2017
Ronald McDonald East House, Portland, Ore.

House Host volunteer, helping with light cleaning at the East Portland Ronald McDonald House.

Guest Lecturer, November 2014
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Disaster Medicine Fellowship

Invited to deliver a presentation on working with the media to the emergency medicine physicians in the BIDMC fellowship. This presentation was part of a day-long conference that helped the fellows prepare for deployment to disaster sites abroad. 

Loyola Journalist Law School, 2013
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Calif.

Selected to attend intense, four-day legal fellowship, called "legal boot camp" for journalists.

California Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspaper Contest, 2004

Awarded “Certificate of Achievement” for Aug. 5, 2004 cover story in the Almaden Resident. “Shipping Out” profiled local teenagers preparing to enter boot camp.