Editor :: Writer :: Media Manager
Editor :: Writer :: Media Manager
With more than a decade of experience as a professional journalist, I have covered a variety of topics and interests, ranging from celebrity stories with stars such as Kevin Hart and Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglass to travel features, which have included adventures like nighttime snorkeling with manta rays in Hawaii to losing my toiletries down a Mexican ravine. I have also interviewed everyone from illegal medicinal marijuana users and roller derby girls (who may or may not have been marijuana users also) to hurricane Katrina survivors and Guinness World Record holders. As a media manager for a boutique branding and marketing firm, I also write, plan and edit web content, newsletters, releases, scripts, video treatments and other marketing collateral for businesses, who have been known to shower me with thanks and pistachio macarons (the French ones, not macaroons; though I do love coconut too).
Pistachio Eclair, Laduree, Paris
Xterra Trail Racing Championship, Hawaii
Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories, Chile
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Writing has always been a love of mine. When the passion became a profession, I began to truly understand the power of writing. Words can move people to action, stir up emotions and rouse the imagination. They can evoke reflection but also encourage interpretation. Words can inspire, intrigue and educate.
But for me, “words” took me on a literal and figurative journey across continents, mediums and interests. It is this appreciation that I embed in every story, bio or web text I write. Words communicate a purpose, and I diligently work to make sure the message is clear and shows that with words big thoughts have no bounds.
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Bachelors of Arts in Journalism (Magazines) with a minor in Film Studies
Question Mark To Period (January 2007 to Present)—a boutique branding and marketing firm.
Copy and Media Manager: My responsibilities include assisting the director in developing marketing plans, media packets, press releases, web content, internal communications, video scripts, promotional marketing materials and clients relations management.
Tyler New Media (March 2016 to December 2016) – publishers of BlackandMarriedwithKids.com, the largest independent African American marriage and parenting site on the web with more than half a million Facebook followers and 630,000 monthly page views.
BMWK Editor: Commissioned to oversee the new editorial direction of the website. Major duties included managing, editing (and applying SEO practices) and uploading daily website content. Other duties included managing staff writers, Facebook and page analytics. Additionally, initiated company growth strategies by facilitating partnerships and developing engagement/traffic boosting campaigns. By heightening quality content, improved reader satisfaction and share rates.
Upscale magazine (January 2005 to Present) –a national monthly entertainment/lifestyle publication with a circulation of 225,000.
Lifestyles Editor: Major duties include managing, editing and planning the lifestyles section. Other duties include assigning stories to freelancers, fact checking, researching, interviewing, writing stories throughout the magazine and uploading web content. Helped enhance digital presence of the magazine and triple web traffic.
Editor: Major duties included managing, editing and planning the Health, Fitness and Uplifting sections. Other duties include assigning stories to freelancers, fact checking, researching, interviewing, writing stories throughout the magazine and uploading web content.
Editorial Assistant: Major duties included planning, editing and writing for the News and Fitness sections. Other duties included fact checking, research, interviewing and writing stories for other sections.
Contributing Writer: Wrote articles for the entertainment and fashion sections.
WHOLE4You.com (September 2013 to March 2015)—a health and wellness digital magazine/website.
Worked with the publisher to build the entire infrastructure of the new digital publication. Major duties include: managing, editing, planning and writing content for the website and digital magazine; facilitating video shoots; managing support staff and structuring outside partnerships and relations.
Other Writing Experience
Southern Kitchen (Cox Media Group)
Ebony magazine / Ebony.com
EnVeritas Group (Marriott hotels)
AOL City’s Best Atlanta
The Sunday Paper (Atlanta)
Atlanta Woman magazine
The Atlanta Voice newspaper
Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of AP Style Guide
Experienced with basic HTML coding and CMS platforms (WordPress and Joomla)
Proficient in the following software programs: Word, Excel, InDesign and Photoshop
Experienced with SEO writing