SKILLS

  • Deep knowledge of the economy and politics of the Middle East and Southeast Asia, gained through professional experience in both regions and academic work undertaken while completing Master's degrees in journalism and Asian studies
  • Copy editing; feature and spot news writing; digital photography and photo editing; digital audio recording and sound editing; digital video and video editing; multimedia production and interactive graphics; understanding of search engine optimization and social networks including Twitter and Facebook
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and experience working in multicultural environments
  • Native English; conversational Spanish, Filipino and Indonesian; elementary Egyptian Arabic
  • Basic HTML, CSS and ActionScript 2.0 (and limited knowledge of ActionScript 3.0); experience with Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Pro Tools, Soundslides, Sound Forge, and Adobe Flash, Lightroom and Photoshop; proficient user of Wordpress, Drupal and other content management systems

EXPERIENCE

Staff Writer, Business Monthly Magazine, Cairo, Egypt; Feb. 2012 – present

  • Pitch, research and write long-form features on business and the economy for the highest-circulating English-language business magazine in Egypt
  • Regularly meet with industry leaders, academics and NGOs to discuss important developments relating to fiscal and monetary policy, the business environment, and social and environmental impacts of economic policy in Egypt
  • Write briefs on significant business news in Egypt and the MENA region
  • Supervise magazine production when the editor-in-chief is unavailable

Deputy Editor/Online Editor, DestinAsian Magazine, Jakarta, Indonesia; July 2010 – July 2011      

  •  As second-in-command of a regionally distributed magazine, participated in all aspects of production, including commissioning and editing freelance submissions, proofreading, writing headlines and captions, and holding regular strategy meetings with editorial, design, marketing and advertising teams
  • Served as project manager during the redesign of company websites, working directly with the publisher, graphic designers, web consultants, and sales and marketing teams to develop a digital strategy
  • Wrote feature articles, department stories and news briefs, and supervised production for advertorial supplements and special editorial sections
  • Produced a fortnightly electronic newsletter, supervised updates to destinasian.com, managed social media accounts including Facebook fanpage and Twitter feeds

 Intern, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Indonesia;  June 2009 – August 2009

  •  Built interactive flash-based user interfaces, and produced the first-ever multimedia packages hosted on thejakartapost.com; Trained staff reporters in multimedia techniques
  • Assisted in covering breaking news events, including the Indonesian presidential elections and the bombing of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta
  • Wrote deadline stories on cultural events in Jakarta for the newspaper's Features section

Reporter and Multimedia Producer, Oakland North, Oakland, Calif.; August 2008 – May 2009

  • Wrote breaking news and feature stories for the Univ. of California–supported hyperlocal news site
  • Produced audio slide shows, video reports, interactive Flash packages and other multimedia content
  • Assisted in developing and launching oaklandnorth.net

Reporter, WORT Community Radio, Madison, Wis.; 2005 – 2007

  • Covered community events for a local news program
  • Edited and read headline news stories for a live weekly broadcast focusing on Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East
  • Produced 30-minute Asian news features, focusing on politics and culture in Southeast Asia

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

FIPP Digital Publishing Course, London; February 2011

University of California - Berkeley;  Master of Arts & Master of Journalism; May 2010

  • Awarded a FLAS fellowship to pursue a concurrent Master's programs in Asian Studies and Journalism
  • Specialization in multimedia journalism and modern history and political science of Southeast Asia

University of Wisconsin-Madison; Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Journalism, with distinction, 2007

  • Majors: Southeast Asian Studies/Journalism/History

AWARDS

  • Reva and David Logan Prize for Excellence in Investigative Reporting, May 2010
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, for Indonesian studies, UC-Berkeley; 2007-2009
  • Covering Burma travel grant, UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; Spring 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, UW-Madison, 2007
  • Harrington Prize for best undergraduate history thesis, UW-Madison, 2007
  • Kaplan Family Fellowship (to conduct field research in the Philippines), UW-Madison; Summer 2007
  • Leo and Jean Besozzi Scholarship, UW-Madison; College of Letters and Sciences, UW-Madison; 2007
  • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant for advanced language study in the Philippines; Summer 2006