Diploma (2008)
Journalism, Print — High Honours
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Honours BA (2006)
Political Science, Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Waterloo

Journalist (January 2012 to present)
The Medicine Hat News, Medicine Hat AB
  • Research and write multiple news stories to meet deadlines for the daily newspaper and website; provide accompanying photography and video as needed
  • Provide coverage of education issues, including coverage of three school divisions and local post-secondary education issues
  • Write a weekly opinion column
  • Created and write a biweekly science news column
  • Created a weekly music playlist column/blog which has community members share their favourite music
  • Write feature stories for the News' magazine publications, including Sun City, Top 40 Under 40, and Annual Report on SE Alberta, and Inroads West
  • Layout and design newspaper pages while maintaining style and design standards, editing photos and copyediting

Journalist (July 2008 to January 2012)
The Fort Frances Times, Fort Frances ON
  • Write accurately under deadline and layout pages for a weekly broadsheet newspaper, a tabloid paper published four times a week and special editions throughout the year
  • Cover a multitude of beats including municipal, provincial and federal politics; education; agriculture; health; the arts; business; First Nations; special interest features and more
  • Responsible for photography to accompany articles, for photo spreads, online photo galleries and for use in other Times publications
  • Manage the Times' social media tools to promote the newspaper online and engage with readers
  • Train and integrate incoming editorial staff into the newsroom environment
Newsroom Internship (April 2008)
The Guardian, Charlottetown PEI
  • Wrote to deadline and covered a variety of beats including: provincial politics, agriculture, health, local business, sports and entertainment for the daily paper.
News Editor, Reporter and Layout (Fall 2006 to March 2008)
Sheridan Sun, Oakville ON
  • Reported on college and community events through articles, photography and videos
  • Ran weekly news story meetings
  • Designed and laid out both print and online pages 

Investigative Reporter (Fall 2007 to March 2008)
Sheridan Sun Investigative Team (Pilot Project), Oakville ON
  • Conducted in-depth research, interviews and freedom of information requests while reporting on a multimillion-dollar campus construction project that was over budget and behind schedule
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Adobe Creative Suite, Quark, News Edit
  • HTML, website design, online content management
  • Digital photography, videography and editing
  • Research: government databases, archives, academic journals, FOI requests
  • Online content creation, blogging, social media management and promotion

    • Excellence in Customer Service Award (Medicine Hat News), September 2012 and March 2013
    • 2011 third place for the General Excellence award (Class 3), for the Fort Frances Times in the Ontario Community Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Awards 
    • 2010 General Excellence award (Class 3) for the Fort Frances Times in the OCNA's Better Newspaper Awards 
    • 2010 Best Environmental Writing (Class 3011) in Newspapers Canada's Canadian Community Newspaper Awards
    • Christine Stanton Journalism Award, June 2008
    • Werden Leavens Memorial Award, June 2007

    • Leader of the First Fort Frances Sparks unit (2008 to 2011)
    • Board member for the Rainy River District Women's Shelter of Hope (2010 to 2011)