Experienced broadcast professional and renown academic with more than 20 years experience in live television commentary, interviewing, reporting, and analysis. Social media-savvy media personality with 7,500 Facebook and 10,000 Twitter followers, who genuinely enjoys covering breaking news events and interacting with people.
Live broadcast talent
Studio on-camera delivery
Teleprompter / Voiceover
Social media management
Research under deadline
Story triage & presentation
Public speaking & debate
Impromptu / ad lib
Leverage of stakeholders
Mediation & negotiation
Grace under pressure
Licensed driver (UK/US, automatic and standard)
As the intermittent (contract-based) in-house CNN Criminologist, began on-air work as a guest Crime Analyst in 1998 covering the manhunt for Andrew Cunanan, later hired as contract Contributor covering the DC Sniper breaking news murder spree in 2002.
As a Contributor for both CNN and HLN, have researched and analyzed on-air "in real time" more than 2000 crime-and law-related news stories over 20 year span.
As the contract Criminologist & Legal Analyst for TruTV's "In Session" (formerly CourtTV), offered live on-air trial coverage of more than 10 court cases with co-anchor Sunny Hostin, including trials of Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias. As a 15-year veteran of CourTV, provided on-air play-by-play case analysis of more than 50 criminal and civil trials.
Conduct extensive research on recent news stories involving breaking crime, ongoing investigations, cold cases, live trials, social and legal issues, forensic psychology, law enforcement and public safety concerns, and court cases.
Provide comprehensive on-camera commentaries and case analyses of crime, and violence, historical events, and breaking news stories for more than 200 series episodes on myriad networks, including:
* HLN's "How it Really Happened"
* CNN's "Crimes of the Century"
* The Killer Speaks (A&E)
* The Unexplained: Cults (Nat Geo)
* Cold Case Squad (TruTV)
* Snapped: Notorious and Mark of a Killer (Oxygen)
* Investigation Discovery: more than 100 episodes over 6 years: Wicked Attraction, Bad Blood, Scorned, Pandora's Box, Almost Got Away With It, Bridekilla
Work with producers to formulate interview questions, guide story arc and content, ensure legal compliance with journalistic ethics and libel law. Provide ADR voice-over services and studio retakes as needed to ensure high production value of final cut.
As the crime-subject Interviewer and HOST of one of Investigation Discovery's most successful series, worked with producers over five seasons to identify cases in which women stabbed their partners to interview all subjects and discern causal factors for the phenomena.
Developed stories, researched cases, contacted and developed rapport with these women, worked with prisons and cut red tape for access to show's subjects.
Created interview schedules of questions based on extensive research, conducted in-person interviews over hours, worked with editors and production staff to isolate key elements for final cut of story.
Won three Telly Awards for episodes featuring guests with special storylines (e.g., deaf and transgender women); received 1.2 rating for 2am showing of "Knife in the Head."
Upon completion of 5-year series, compiled data for academic research identifying factors of domestic violence, mental illness, and substance abuse in a study aimed towards prevention of violence; forthcoming book entitled "Women with a Point."
Brought producers from Indigo Films and several women from the series for highly successful forum at WCSU in Danbury Connecticut focusing on the plight of abused women for Domestic Violence Month.
As the Chief News Anchor for the award-winning "Election Connection" special election news coverage each November, coordinate a team of professor-anchors and media-student reporters and contributors to delver up-to-the-minute coverage of municipal, state, and national elections for up to 8 hours of non-stop analysis.
Research political candidates and hot issues prior to live coverage; analyze incoming election results from 17 western Connecticut cities, providing live commentary and pulling in field reporters and special guests, offering ad-lib chatter as needed, anchoring without script or teleprompter to provide comprehensive election night results.
As a TV show Host, conducted more than 50 on-camera interviews 2-7 hours each) with female subjects, provided commentary for Telly-Award winning branded series "Wives with Knives" on Investigation Discovery (1.2+ ratings on many episodes) for five years.
As a Broadcast Professional, provided more than 2000 live commentaries for CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC, Al Jazeerah, Current TV, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Inside Edition, etc. and appeared as a guest on more than 50 talk shows including Dr. Oz, Anderson Live, Katie Couric, Meredith Viera, and Geraldo. Regularly engage in news analysis with Don Lemon, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Ashleigh Banfield, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Cuomo, Jake Tapper.
As a Trial Attorney, served as counsel in seven high-stakes murder trials, offering oral arguments and jury analysis to ensure due process; as a criminal law expert, provided live trial commentary on more than 50 court cases for CourTV over the span of 20 years.
As a Criminologist/ Professor, have taught more than 10,000 students in a variety of subjects, published several books and articles on crime trends and manuals on how to use media in the classroom to engage the learner; raised more than $2M in grants to support research and nonprofit endeavors.
SAG-AFTRA member since 1997
American Association of University Professors
American Society of Criminology
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Connecticut Bar & American Bar Associations
New York Women in Film and Television
Member of Connecticut Bar (licensed to practice law)
Certified in Dispute Resolution / Mediation
Certified in Mental Health Law / Mental Health First Aid
Connecticut Driver's License / Boat License
US Citizen / Valid US passport
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