PROFESSIONAL TIMELINE (details below)
June 2013 to January 2015 — WCPO-TV • Arts/culture reporter
September 2012 to June 2013 — MNuet.com • Founding Publisher
November 2010 to March 2012 — Patch.com • Regional Editor
September 2008 to November 2010 — 3-Minute Egg • Founding Publisher
September 2007 to August 2008 — Walker Art Center • Managing Editor/Walker Magazine
May 1997 to July 2007 — St. Paul Pioneer Press • Arts & Features Writer
WCPO-TV • CINCINNATI
June 2013 to January 2015
As a staff reporter on WCPO’s digital team, I produced online video and wrote stories about people, issues and trends in Cincinnati-area arts/culture.
PATCH.COM • MINNEAPOLIS/WEST METRO
November 2010 / March 2012
Hired, supervised and led a team of seven Local Editors and one Associate Regional Editor in the daily production of editorial content and web site management. Brainstormed, conceived, contributed to and execute an array of national, regional and team-wide Patch initiatives. Coached individual Local Editors on specific story concepts and reporting and writing approaches. I also spearheaded training in video, blogging, content aggregation, community engagement and social media best practices.
Walker Art Center • Minneapolis
September 2007 / August 2008
Managing Editor • Walker Magazine
Oversaw content of bimonthly publication, wrote feature stories and served as first line-editor for incoming copy. Initiated efforts to broaden publication’s appeal beyond museum’s membership. As part of regular contributions to the Walker blogs, I launched a video blog called Eavesdrop, showcasing slices of life inside the museum.
St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press • St. Paul, MN
May 1997 / July 2007
Arts / Features Writer
Penned many multipart series and long-form human-interest narratives as a general features writer. Covered classical music, dance, visual art, jazz, rock, comedy, performance poetry, experimental theater and multidisciplinary arts through five years covering the arts. Other beats included editorial writer (August to December 2006), urban life reporter (September 2005 to August 2006) and youth lifestyles writer (May 1997 to December 2000).
Metal Brainiac (MetalBrainiac.com)
MAY 2015 to PRESENT
Founding Host & Producer
“The podcast for smart metalheads,” Metal Brainiac is the program National Public Radio would host if it were interested in heavy metal music. Each half-hour episode features serious interviews with nationally renown metal musicians about their latest work, creative inspirations and artistic evolutions. The program is distributed free through iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher.
Opine Season (OpineSeason.com)
March 2013 to PRESENT
Founding Publisher & Columnist
Founded an op-ed page featuring a core collective of columnists — journalists, poets, activists and educators from the Twin Cities. I recruited each of the writers, looking for a diversity of gender, ethnicity, race and professional background, yet all coming from a leftist/progressive perspective. I wanted the kind of strong, bold opinion writing newspapers have shied from. In its first year, Opine Season columnists have authored more 220 columns that have attracted 430,000 visitors and inspired more than 1,700 comments. First cast as an all-volunteer effort in Minnesota, Opine Season is relaunching in Cincinnati, in September 2015, under a nonprofit business model.
September 2012 / June 2013
Founding Producer/Executive Director
MNuet is an online magazine devoted to classical music in the Twin Cities. I built MNuet on a new business model—the foundation of funding comes from the paid memberships of orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles and other classical music organizations. Along with text and an extensive calendar, I produce video, audio podcasts and social media focusing on the news and artists of MNuet members.
God Votes No
November 2011 / November 2012
Documentary video project highlighting voices of faith in support of marriage equality. The project stemmed from the effort to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota that would define marriage as only between one man and one woman. The project unfolded over the course of a year, with interview segments going online to inspire conversation around the issue, culminating in the 45-minute documentary “God Votes No.”
September 2008 / June 2011
Founding Producer/Executive Director
Created 3-Minute Egg as the nation’s first daily video blog documenting a local arts scene (“The Twin Cities art SEEN”). 3-Minute Egg covered the gamut of locally created visual, performance and literary art. I conceived, reported, produced, edited and posted every video myself—more than 330 videos in all. I also turned 3-Minute Egg into a half-hour program that aired weekly on the Minnesota Channel of Twin Cities Public Television.
Positive MEinforcement: Shout ‘Me First!’ and Make Every Day All About You
Author (Publisher: Metaphor Media)
Humor book parodying bestselling self-help books.
2009 / 2013
Clients included HGA Architects and Engineers, Lifetime Fitness, Minnesota Food Charter, the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cowles Center for Dance, Visitation Sisters of North Minneapolis, the Loft Literary Center and Vocalessence, along with a number of arts organizations in partnership with Springboard for the Arts.
Current equipment: Sony HVR-NXU camera, Sony camera-mounted wireless mic unit, Rode shotgun mic with optional fishpole extension, LitePanels camera-mounted and free-standing lights, Manfrotto tripod and monopod, 27-inch iMac.
2009 Finalist / Knight Fellowship in Journalism; Stanford University
2009 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council artist initiative grant
2009 Rimon: Minnesota Jewish Arts Council grant
2009 A Very Small Arts Grant
2004 Classical Music Institute / National Arts Journalism Program fellowship • Columbia University
1999 Fellowship with Roy Peter Clark • Poynter Institute
1999 1ST PLACE FEATURE WRITING • Associated Press • Minnesota chapter, large-circ. daily
1997 2ND PLACE FEATURE WRITING • Society of Professional Journalists • Northern Calif.
Bachelor of Arts / Journalism • California State University; Fresno
Associate of Arts • Hartnell College; Salinas, Calif.
HD Video Production, Final Cut Pro X, CMS management, WordPress, Blip.tv, Audacity, Garage Band, blog development, grant writing, standup and improvisational comedy.