Award-winning news and public relations professional with extensive experience producing informational programs and promoting corporate communications. Flexible and dedicated. Proficient in several desktop publishing applications, computerized editing systems and word-processing programs.
Freelance writer – ZimmComm New Media
Entrusted with using my independent judgment to find, interview, write, and produce stories and podcasts focusing on alternative fuels and agribusiness interests for ZimmComm’s web sites, DomesticFuel.com, AgWired.com, and World Dairy Diary. Includes coordinating travel to convention and meeting sites, as well as posting original stories, pictures and audio.
Freelance writer – Community Impact Newspaper of Tomball/Magnolia
Covers community events and features on an as-needed basis, often times with short notice and little more than some basic starting information.
STATE OF MISSOURI-PUBLIC RELATIONS
Public Information Coordinator – Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services
Jan 2008–Aug 2010
Proficient in the use of Adobe Creative Suite (CS4) software, including Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. Designed and implemented multi-media campaigns for various state health department programs, using print, radio, television, billboards, flyers, and posters. Duties included extensive use of Associated Press Stylebook guidelines. Designed and produced several long-form statewide reports, including those on the Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) system and the Organ and Tissue Donor program’s annual report. On a regular basis, designed and produced fliers, fact sheets, banners, and posters for a variety of programs in their public outreach programs. Wrote press releases, talking points, reports and articles related to health services in Missouri. Served in Center for Emergency Response Team’s Department Situation Room as a public information officer during crisis situations. Trained in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Command System (ICS) through the 800 level. Acted as primary back-up camera/audio-video operator.
Communications Officer – Missouri State Senate
Apr 2007–Jan 2008
Wrote press releases, columns, speeches, and newsletters for a variety of state senators from both sides of the political aisle. Occasionally helped in the interviewing, writing, editing, and producing of radio and television products from the state senate. Job included using Photoshop and Pagemaker programs as well as non-linear audio and video editing programs.
Brownfield Network and Missourinet, Jefferson City, MO
Jan 2000–Oct 2006
Interviewed, wrote, and produced radio news for statewide network of 65 stations focusing on the legislature and state government activities. Anchored hourly newscasts and produced hour-long special on the Missouri-Kansas Border War. Interviewed, wrote, and produced farm news for network of about 230 stations in seven states.
U.S. AIR FORCE BROADCASTER/PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Various assignments in Texas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Jan 1989-March 2000
Served as primary producer, writer and cameraman for a variety of U.S. Air Force public information programs on radio and television for a worldwide audience. Duties took me to several remote locations, including sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Bosnia and the former Soviet Union. Responsible for researching and arranging story ideas and interviews, as well as coordinating travel, food and lodging arrangements for my team. In addition, produced and directed in-studio productions of live, nightly newscasts and monthly news magazines using linear and non-linear multi-media production facilities. Supervised up to three people.
COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS
KHME-FM, Duncan, Oklahoma
June, 1986 – June, 1988
Afternoon drive host. Produced weekly interview/public affairs program.
KCCO/KRLG, Lawton, Oklahoma
July 1985 – July, 1986
Evening Top 40 radio show host.
1st Place, Radio News Story Category, Thomas Jefferson Awards (Department of Defense Media Contest), 1998
1st Place, Radio News Story Category, Air Force Media Awards, 1998
2nd Place, Broadcast Journalist of the Year, Air Force Media Awards, 1998
Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter, 1997
3rd Place, Television News Features Category, Air Force Media Awards, 1997
2nd Place, Television News Features Category, National Association of Government Communicators, 1996
3rd Place, Television News Features Category, Air Force Media Awards, 1996
Best Local Newscast in the Air Force, Air Force Media Awards 1993, 1994, 1995
Air Force News Airman of the Year, 1992
Bachelor’s of General Studies degree, Columbia College
Air Force Leadership School
Non-Commissioned Officer Preparatory Course – Top graduate
Radio and TV Broadcasting Diploma, Brown Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1985
Public Relations/Broadcasting Related Courses:
Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Command System (ICS) courses 100-800
Department of Defense Joint Course in Communication at the University of Oklahoma, Fall, 1998
“Editing the Television Documentary” and “60 Minutes Style News” courses at Rockport Film and Television Workshops, Rockport, Maine, Fall, 1997
Broadcast Manager’s Course, Defense Information School, 1996
Advanced Electronic Journalism, Defense Information School, 1996
Adobe Creative Suite (CS4) Software, including Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop
Adobe Audition Audio Editing System
Wire Ready and Cart Ready Audio Broadcast System
Avid Non-Linear Editing Suite
Several television video manipulation programs
Basic web design and maintenance