EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

My background is in television news, creative writing, management, public speaking and business development. My expertise is communicating verbally and visually. My passion is aggressive investigative reporting, for which I’ve won numerous national, regional and state awards.
I’ve held a number of leadership positions in my career, managing news crews, staffs and budgets. I’ve managed editorial boards, produced and written documentaries, produced and hosted a live, daily, 30-minute talk show. I’ve also produced telethons, anchored and reported newscasts, and line produced news shows.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Director of Media & Client Engagement
for Topline MD Health Alliance
8/2016 to Present

Media Content Producer

Adjunct Instructor for Basic PIO Class
FEMA recognized
2015 to Present

FEMA G290 Certified

President of The Pit Bull in Pumps LLC
2/2016 to Present

Media Training & Crisis Communications

News Director of TopLine MD TV
4/2015 to 7/2016

INVESTIGATIVE PRODUCER – WFOR-TV Miami, Florida. 8/2010 to 4/2015
· Supervise a diverse team of investigative reporters, each of whom has varied areas of interest and expertise. I research subjects, write scripts, coordinate interviews, crews, edit scripts, assist with editorial content, navigate legal issues with the station’s attorney, arrange travel and help in the development of story ideas for the CBS4 Investigates.
·Manage all CBS4 Investigates web scripts, digital links and PDF attachments. Knowledgeable in the use of databases and most computer assisted research tools.
·Active member of the Investigative Reporters & Editors national organization.
· Develop and maintain news sources and contacts.

MEDIA CRISIS CONSULTANT – Miami, Florida / 2005 - 2009
·Assisted corporations, government agencies, organizations and/or individuals in dealing with a crisis situation, in which, the media became involved. Coached spokespersons in the art of being interviewed and camera presence.
·Created and managed confidential, strategic media response plans.

INVESTIGATIVE TV REPORTER / NEWS ANCHOR WPLG-TV Miami, Florida / 1999 - 2005

WCCO-TV Minneapolis, Minnesota / 1997 - 1999

WHDH-TV Boston, Massachusetts / 1994 - 1997

WPLG-TV Miami, Florida / 1988 - 1999

KTUL-TV Tulsa, Oklahoma 1984-1988

KOTV Tulsa, Oklahoma 1979 - 1984

 

 

· Experience supervising small to medium size staffs, including producers, photographers, post-production editors and interns. Developing sources and community contacts. · Responsible for enterprising story ideas for sweeps promotables and investigative reports, conducting interviews, researching documents, writing and editing the stories and presenting them on camera. Frequently managed as many as 15 stories simultaneously in different stages of development and completion.

·Worked closely with the station's attorneys to understand all legal issues and minimize any legal liability. ·Anchored and “show produced” the weekend news at KOTV in Tulsa from 1981-84. Co-anchored weekend news at WPLG-TV in Miami from 1988-94 and co-anchored various morning and evening shows as a substitute anchor at WHDH-TV in Boston from 1994-97.

EDUCATION Vanderbilt University – Nashville, Tennessee 1974 – 1978

Bachelor of Arts; Double Major in American History & Theater; minor in Voice. AWARDS 1981- 2009

The National Gracie Award for Best Investigative Reporting Large Market Television for uncovering the plight of underage children who fly alone on major airlines. This series of reports led to major changes in the unaccompanied minor program at Northwest Airlines and a congressional investigation. Four Emmy Awards for Investigative reporting. Nominated for five additional Emmys. An Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigation into the Federal government’s oversight of the Au Pair program. The Sunshine State Award presented by the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting on corruption in the Miami-Dade public school system.