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Journalist and multimedia producer

About Me

I create engaging, high quality stories, photography, videography, and aerial footage. I'm available for reporting, content marketing, and multimedia productions — connect with me via email to learn more about what I can do for your business or publication (ericadcorder@gmail.com).

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Law & Politics


Health & Wellness



My Writing Samples

The little-known backstory of one of Virginia Tech’s most popular labs

Ask any Virginia Tech engineering student about the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory, and odds are they’ve stepped foot in it.


Alumnus propels research with donation of 16 motion capture suits

Studying balance and fall prevention. Developing more human-like robotic motion. Understanding human performance in simulated health care tasks. These are just a few of the ways Virginia Tech researchers plan to use 16 donated motion capture suits to study body motion and injury prevention, thanks to Jamie Marraccini (electrical engineering ’93), founder, CEO, and president of Inertial Labs.


Autonomous robots in the desert

Last winter, a team of engineering graduate students regularly ventured out to Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farm. They’d drive past fields of cows and farmland until they reached a small garage and strip of asphalt. It’s here they’d unload a set of autonomous vehicles: several drones and a ground vehicle. They’d place markers made of tape and tarps on the concrete and set up their laptops and equipment. And then they’d get to testing. By March, they’d trade the cold winds of a Blacksburg winter...


From Reddit to racing with Elon Musk

On a Sunday night 15 minutes before midnight in early November, a group of undergraduate engineers is still wide awake. They’re stationed at TechPad, a local coworking space, trying to figure out how to not catch their Hyperloop pod on fire.


Rolls-Royce inaugural Ph.D. Day opens doors for innovative, collaborative research

Rolls-Royce is more than just automobiles. That’s the message being spread by Joseph Krok, the university research liaison manager at Rolls-Royce. The company has, in recent years, turned its focus to aviation — specifically, aircraft engines.


Forget defrosting your car at a glacial pace: new research speeds process up tenfold

Jonathan Boreyko turned on the defroster in his car one cold winter morning and waited for the ice on the windshield to melt. And kept waiting.



Communications manager

Plan, execute, and evaluate specific communications projects for the College of Engineering, to include news stories/media relations, digital and print publications, social media outlets, and web pages that tell the stories of teaching, research, outreach, philanthropy, and inclusion and diversity by college faculty, students, and alumni to internal and external audiences strategically important to the college and university. Frequently travel to conduct on-the-ground reporting.

Company: Virginia Tech College of Engineering

I worked there from 1/2017 until now

Freelance writer

Pitch compelling stories, articles, and blog posts to companies and publications intended to reach audiences as defined by client. Write focused, high-quality, well-researched pieces and edit per client suggestions and recommendations.

Company: Self-employed

I worked there from 1/2016 until now

Editor-in-chief and cofounder

Created from scratch a design-minded website devoted to high-quality, investigative and long form reporting, well-researched opinion pieces, human-interest stories, and solicited creative work. Hired and trained editorial staff, made a name for The Pylon in the local area, represented The Pylon as the face of the website, and investigated and reported.

Company: The Pylon

I worked there from 5/2015 until 12/2016

Communications manager

Pitched stories, researched, and reported on office news and projects via news briefings, multimedia, and blog content, and developed company brand and communications plan.

Company: Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development

I worked there from 2/2016 until 1/2017

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