Professional experience

Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation, Ames, Iowa

    Communications Specialist (November 2017 – present)

  • Provide technical editing for various grant proposals
  • Write marketing articles for a number of publications
  • Offer content, including social media, for website

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Waterloo, Iowa

    Reporter (December 2013 – October 2017)

  • Main beat included covering state and federal politics and policy, as well as University of Northern Iowa and Iowa Board of Regents.    
  • Wrote a weekly blog and column on cooking, themed with a new food style each year.
  • Maintained a social media presence, mostly through Twitter.
  • Participated in a weekly podcast, On Iowa Politics, as well as made other media appearances discussing my work.

The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa

    Reporter (February 2008 – December 2013)

  • Covered state and federal government, as well as environmental issues.    
  • Kept a blog on my cooking and eating experiences called Sage Advice.
  • Wrote a long-form article, and aiding with graphics, every six weeks.

The Dickinson Press, Dickinson, N.D.                   

    Staff Writer (September 2005 – January 2008)

  • Covered most levels of government, local university and general assignment stories.       
  • Assisted with layout and copy editing, as needed.

Great American Scrapbook Company/Scrapbook Retailer magazine, Ogden, Utah

    Publisher’s Assistant (April 2004 – August 2005)

  • Assisted managing editor with copy editing.
  • Managed media plan and publicity for consumer scrapbook conventions across the country, as well as for the release of “Scrapbooking for Dummies” book.    

Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah

Freelancer (April 2004 – July 2004)    

  • Researched and wrote articles in the lifestyle section of the local daily newspaper.    

Other experience

Association of Health Care Journalists

    Midwest Fellow (July 2011 – July 2012)        

  • Had intensive training on issues important to health care reporting, and honed reporting skills during short-term sessions across the Midwest.    


Boston University College of Communication

    Bachelor of Science in journalism (May 2003)                   

  • Concentration in magazine journalism   
  • Concentration minor in religion