To attain my dream job as editor of the Roane County News and lead an exemplary staff in
a team atmosphere to give our readers a quality news product that gives them the
information they need about their community in a fair, unbiased manner in print, online
and on social media.
Capable of working under pressure
Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills
Well versed in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Distiller and
The Roane County NewsApril 2004 to CurrentAssistant editor
Often first contact the public has with the editorial team Lead the editorial staff in the absence of the editor Copy editing/proofreading using Associated Press style Layout and design of news pages, including Page 1, feature pages and sports pages as needed Writing and photography of all facets of community news, including government, features, crime and spot news Responsible for generating copy for inside pages, as well as design and layout Writing personal and humorous columns Preparing photos for publication and online Make staff assignments and scheduling Coordinate, organize and edit both staff-generated and submitted material Chiefly responsible for obituary copy, including writing obituaries, working with funeral homes and the accounting department Manage social media for the newspaper Post news content online to the newspapers Content Management System Troubleshoot for Mac system and software, often lending expertise to other staff members on editorial and graphics teams Have previously worked on special sections, including layout, design, writing and photography Research, package and design special pages, including commemorations of Presidents Day, Tennessees Statehood Day and Martin Luther King Jr.
November 1993 to April 2004Assistant editor
Often first contact the public had with the editorial team Led the editorial staff in the absence of the editor Chiefly responsible for design and layout of the newspaper, including Page 1, news pages, Opinion page and special sections Oversaw the first Welcome to Cumberland County, a slick, four-color guide for area newcomers Writing and photography of all facets of community news, including government, features, crime and spot news Prepared photos for publication and online Chiefly responsible for features and accompanying photos for weekly feature page Created and oversaw a popular recipe page that generated a number of cooking-related questions from the readers, as well as recipe submissions Covered the Crossville city beat for two years Writing occasional personal and humorous columns for the Opinion page Part of a team that worked on the Chronicles first imagesetter Troubleshooting for Mac system and software.
Roane County NewsAugust 1991 to November 1993Copy editor
Led the editorial staff in the absence of the editor Led the newspaper in a major redesign, parts of which are still used today Covered the Harriman City Schools, Roane County Schools, Kingston city, Roane County Ambulance Service and Roane County Rescue Squad beats Responsible for Page 1 layout and design Copy editing/proofreading using Associated Press style Member of Editorial Board.
Roane County NewsJuly 1987 to August 1991Harriman editor/Harriman writer
Covering all facets of the Harriman beat, including government, features, spot news, police, fire and school for both the Roane County News and its sister publications, The Harriman Record, The Rockwood Times and Morgan County News Writing articles and photography in the Harriman beat and others as assigned Responsible for Roane County Courthouse coverage, including courthouse offices and courts Responsibility for all content, design and layout of The Harriman Record January-May 1987 Staff writer, The Rutherford Courier Writing main features for the Lifestyles section Typesetting press releases Responsibility for obituaries Copy editing/proofreading.
Middle Tennessee State UniversityBachelor of ScienceMass communications with a
special emphasis in journalism news-editorial areas; considerable work in English and
Roane State Community CollegeAssociate of Science: journalismjournalism including editor of the campus literary magazine and associate editor of the campus
AWARDS Tennessee Press Association awards have included first and second places for Best Single Feature, first place for Make-up and Appearance, and second place for Best News Reporting. Also received awards for Best Personal Column, Local Features and Community Lifestyles. Also received corporate awards from Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. and American Publishing Co. for newspaper design, photography and feature writing.