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About Me

I'm a veteran journalist with 14 years of experience in TV news production with several years leading digitally native content teams. 

I know how to write clearly and conversationally, taking difficult topics and boiling them down so the casual reader can understand and enjoy the subject.

I've written serious content related to major political events, fun content about entertainment subjects, and instructional content related to technology. I have experience leading social media, podcast, video, and SEO efforts. I look forward to tackling any communication challenge you have!

I love travel, especially to Italy, Spain, Hawaii, and the U.S. National Parks. I have a great restaurant recommendation in nearly every city I've visited. I'm an enormous film buff, with an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars. I love jazz and movie soundtracks. I've performed and taught comedy since 2001. And I won two Emmys for my work in TV news (though I only own one award statuette because you have to pay for them).

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Finance

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Technology

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My Writing Samples

The Science Of Sales: Six Ways Salesmen Convince You To Buy

There's a science to persuasion, and if you know how it works, you'll know how to avoid falling for a deal that's too good to be true.

https://web.archive.org/web/20171004074946/https://curiosity.com/topics/the-science-of-sales-six-ways-salesmen-convince-you-to-buy-curiosity/

Science confirms the internet is changing our brains

An international team of researchers studied our attention spans, our memories, and the social impacts of a life lived online. Here’s what they found.

https://en.softonic.com/articles/internet-changes-brains

What Does Einstein's Handwriting Tell Us About His Personality?

To try to learn more about the 20th-century titan, we obtained an unpublished page of Einstein's equations and doodles from the Historical Society of Princeton.

https://web.archive.org/web/20190720195437/https://curiosity.com/topics/what-does-einsteins-handwriting-tell-us-about-his-personality-curiosity/

Why are TV finales so difficult to get right?

Some of the greatest TV shows in history have stumbled horribly at the finish line, either due to fatigue, a lack of planning, or indecisiveness.

https://en.softonic.com/articles/best-and-worst-tv-finales

How to play (and win) Plague Inc

Plague Inc is a really fun mobile game where you get to let your inner evil genius run wild and destroy the world. Your mission: infect and kill everyone with a disease you created.

https://en.softonic.com/articles/guide-to-plague-inc

From 'The Real World' and 'American Idol' to 'Kardashians,' how has reality TV changed us?

Reality television has never been a completely genuine reflection of real life, but at least it used to resemble it a little more closely.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye/redeye-evolution-deevolution-of-reality-tv-20151108-story.html

Are the Bulls cursed?

Did Michael Jordan curse the Bulls on his way out the door?

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/are-the-bulls-cursed/1956019/

Secret review groups may skew online eCommerce ratings

Some online retailers offer a program where companies can give their products to “trusted reviewers” for free. The reviewers get to keep the product in exchange for sharing their opinion of it. But it’s fair to wonder if the “free stuff” has an impact on those reviewers.

https://en.softonic.com/articles/secret-review-groups-may-skew-online-ecommerce-ratings

This is the cookie-dunking invention we never knew we needed

We’re about to show you something that will blow your mind. Buckle up, friends. This is the Dunking Buddy.

https://en.softonic.com/articles/cookie-dunking-invention

This is why Facebook can’t stop election interference

While 29 million Americans saw Russian-backed Facebook posts directly, the algorithm ended up pushing them out to 126 million Americans during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

https://en.softonic.com/articles/facebook-election-interference

Experience

Content Director

* Providing strategic vision, creative inspiration, quality control, and daily leadership for a private client omnichannel content marketing program. * Coordinating the creation of "thought leadership" content across several channels. * Revamping the client's podcast production effort to streamline and coordinate efforts from multiple stakeholders around the world.

Company: Imagination

I worked there from 1/2020 until now

Content Director

I led this tech-focused website's global content division, creating and implementing strategy around articles, videos, and more. My content team included 11 journalists and editors in the United States, Spain, and beyond.

Company: Softonic

I worked there from 2/2018 until 9/2019

Head of Content

* Leading and inspiring a team of editors, designers and podcast producers. * Driving growth, engaging audiences and powering branded content partnerships. * Guiding the creative and editorial vision. Leading from ideation to completion with organic and branded multimedia articles, video, graphics and social media content. * Establishing content strategy and goals.

Company: Curiosity.com

I worked there from 6/2017 until 12/2017

Contributing Writer

* Writing articles, weekly television reviews and recaps for Chicago's RedEye website and newspaper * Interviewing sources * Compiling research * Fact-checking

Company: Tribune Publishing

I worked there from 4/2015 until 12/2016

Content Producer

* Emmy winner: 2012 and 2015 * Selecting, writing and editing stories and video for daily newscasts. * Leading a team of reporters, editors, writers, photographers, and technical staff in creating live television broadcasts. * Producing, shooting and editing special projects. * Creator and manager of Chicago's first 4:30 a.m. newscast. * Producer of creative segments featured on NPR, the G4 Network, and Chicagoist. * Executive producer of Chicago's top-rated weekend morning newscast.

Company: NBC Chicago

I worked there from 1/2006 until 4/2015

Content I Write