Resume

National Geographic

Senior Editor of Overheard of National Geographic podcast, August 2020 – present

  • Edits narrative episodes about science and history based on stories printed by National Geographic
  • Coordinates marketing and promotional materials for each season
  • Occasionally produces episodes for the podcast

St. Louis Public Radio | KWMU 90.7

Science & Environment Reporter, Saint Louis, M.O., May 2016 – August 2020

  • Reports on environmental news, including river flooding, coal ash waste and land use in St. Louis’ black neighborhoods
  • Reports on local research on agriculture, urban wildlife, medical science, and space (e.g. NASA’s New Horizons mission, total solar eclipse of 2017)
  • Reports on the 2020 coronavirus pandemic’s impact on nursing homes and other high-risk groups
  • Prioritizes interviewing scientists of underrepresented groups, such as women of color
  • Contributes to election coverage and other breaking news reporting
  • Established partnership with The Story Collider podcast and produces live storytelling shows to enhance the station’s audience engagement
    Pictured: Saint Louis Zoo’s Maris Brenn-White telling me to reach into the ground to touch the shell of a hibernating box turtle in Forest Park, St. Louis. (Credit: Sharon Deem, St. Louis Box Turtle Project)

The Story Collider

Producer, Saint Louis, M.O., May 2017 – present

  • Produces a live storytelling stage show per season that features personal science stories to audiences that exceed 150 patrons
  • Interviews, books and coaches a variety of people, including doctors, scientists and writers, to tell science stories for a general adult audience
  • Works with storytellers who have shared personal struggles to become scientists or advance in a science-related field, dealing with depression and encountering racism 
  • Coordinates marketing, design, venue and other logistical tasks for each showPictured: Danielle Lee, Jenna Niebuhr, Katie Czeschin, Kenny Kinds, Chelsey Carter, myself and Emma Young at the St. Louis Story Collider show, “Moment of Clarity” in March 2019.  (Credit: David Kovaluk)

Freelance writer & multimedia producer, Aug. 2011 – present

  • My work has appeared in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Science Friday, Marketplace, WHYY’s the Pulse, OnEarth magazine, Nautilus, The Scientist, among various others.
  • I have also spoken about science journalism, communication and storytelling at events and conferences organized by Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and more.

Delaware Public Media | WDDE 91.1: Delaware’s NPR station

Science Reporter & Newscast Host, Dover, D.E., Sept. 2014 – April 2016

  • Reported on breaking news in the state of Delaware for the daily newscast
  • Produced features on local scientific research, health and environmental issues
  • Led WDDE’s partnership with iSeeChange, an AIR Localore project focused on telling stories about the impacts of climate and weather on local communities
  • Host two-ways with local scientists about their research and their perspectives on trending national or international science news
  • Provided near-weekly science coverage on WDDE’s newsmagazine, The Green
  • Anchored Weekend Edition and filled in for Morning Edition and All Things Considered
  • Participates in on-air fundraising
    Pictured: A 2015 interview with restoration expert Josh Moody of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary about using salt marshes to build “living shorelines” to make coastal areas more resilient to storms and erosion. (Credit: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary)

World Science Festival (worldsciencefestival.com)

Production Associate, New York, N.Y., Aug. 2013 – Sept. 2014

  • Produced several events for WSF 2014, including a robotics exhibit
  • Pre-interview and book guests; arrange travel accommodations and itineraries

Science Friday (sciencefriday.com)

Assistant Producer, New York, N.Y., March – June 2013

  • Researched topics and pre-interviewed guests for Science Friday’s 2013 tour: Salt Lake City, Utah; Stanford, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.
  • Wrote promos, scripts and produced segments on the theory of time and Earth-like exoplanets

Internships 

  • The Natural Resources Defense Council’s OnEarth magazine, Spring 2013
  • National Public Radio’s Science Friday, Summer 2012
  • The New York Times’ science desk, Spring 2012

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Software: Pro Tools, Reaper, WordPress, Adobe Audition, Photoshop & Lightroom

Hardware: Marantz PMD 661 Recorder, Canon EOS 60D

TRAINING

Awarded fellowships to attend the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources’ Upper Mississippi River Institute in 2018 & Lower Mississippi River Institute in 2019

Awarded the Missouri fellowship to attend the Association of Health Care Journalists Conference in 2017 and 2018

Attended the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting’s Climate Change and the News Seminar in 2015

Pictured: I’m aboard a small plane that’s flying over the disappearing wetlands in the Mississippi River Delta in May 2019. (Credit: Clay Masters)

AWARDS

2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Multimedia (Large Market Radio) for “25 Years Later: Remembering the Great Flood of ’93

2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards 

Continuing Coverage (Large Market Radio): “Winter flooding.”

National Federation of Press Women’s 2015 Communications Contest

Prepared Report (Radio), Second Place

Delaware Press Association’s 2015 Communications Contest

Prepared Report (Radio), First Place

EDUCATION

City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism

M.A., Journalism, Science Reporting & Audio Production, Dec. 2012

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S., double major, Environmental Sustainability; Creative Writing, May 2011