journalist/advocate. Ten years writing forceful, reasoned opinions on issues of
importance to the Cape Fear region, with a goal of encouraging public debate
and spurring action where change was needed.
Excel in communication skills, organization, finding answers, solving problems, meeting deadlines, getting the job done.
Customer service, responsiveness
Experience in leadership, recruiting, mentoring
Social media savvy
Experience and Accomplishments
Editorial Page Editor03/2008 to 03/2015Wilmington Star-NewsWilmington, N.C.
Reorganized editorial page process and oversaw page redesign after taking over a former two-person department that had been reduced to one.
Provided strong commentary on local and state issues seven days a week with a goal of driving community conversation leading to change, bringing attention to problems and pushing for solutions. Worked with publisher to shape the editorial board's opinion. Examples of impact as a result of combined news coverage and editorial commentary by the StarNews include action to change oversight and compensation in the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control system and public outcry over mismanagement of the local Head Start program by a community agency that eventually had its contract to run the program canceled by the federal government.
Day-to-day management duties also included selecting and editing letters and columns, choosing political cartoons and some layout work on two-page daily section.
Worked closely with IT departments to create a user-friendly system for submitting letters to the editor online.
Handled all customer inquiries regarding the editorial pages and resolved complaints.
Occasional public speaking engagements before groups interested in learning more about the editorial pages and the StarNews.
Served as deputy editorial page editor, 2005-06.
Deputy/Assistant City Editor01/2000 to 06/2005Wilmington Star-NewsWilmington, NC
Supervised reporters on daily and long-range stories, ensuring accuracy, clarity and impact of news stories; assisted city editor in putting together the daily and weekly story budgets and in planning.
As the City Desk's training coordinator, improved learning opportunities for reporters by seeking out
affordable -- and when possible, local -- resources for professional
Served for a year on the N.C.Press Association's professional development committee, including organization of a day of workshops on various journalism topics.
As primary recruiting coordinator for the newsroom, initiated
efforts to re-establish ties with university journalism programs,
establish new ties -- especially with historically black colleges and
universities -- and to track promising candidates.
As primary mentor of student journalists, developed a week-by-week model plan for interns and an evaluation tool to gauge their progress.
Reporter10/1990 to 01/2000Wilmington Star-NewsWilmington, NC
Researched and reported on issues of importance to the Cape Fear region and North Carolina, with a focus on holding public officials accountable to the taxpayers they represent.
Investigated tips, analyzed documents and conducted in-depth interviews to ensure impact and accuracy of stories.
Became the newsroom expert on several topics, including education, health care financing and local government coverage. Also invoked the state's public records and open meetings laws on numerous occasions to prevent officials from keeping information from the public.
Investigated controversies and scandals during two stints at the Star-News, including a continuing education scheme that bilked about $1.3 million from Cape Fear Community College. *Also worked at the StarNews from February 1986 to October 1989.
Press secretary10/1989 to 07/1990U.S. Rep. Louise SlaughterWashington, DC
Wrote press releases and handled all media coverage.
Wrote speeches and talking points, requiring firm grasp of key issues and the congresswoman's speaking style.
Arranged media interviews.
Bureau chief/business reporter07/1990 to 12/2015Fort Pierce TribuneFort Pierce, FLSupervised four-person bureau, did business writing and special projects.
Bachelor of Arts: Print Communications1982University of ToledoToledo, Ohio
Major in print communications, concentration in humanities. Editor of college newspaper senior year and worked as a summer news clerk for The Blade, a metro daily covering the Toledo area.
Also attended the State University of New York at Potsdam (1977-78) and UNC-Charlotte (1985), completing a course at the latter institution in policy analysis in the master's degree program in public administration.
Excellent communication skills
Experience in leadership, recruiting, mentoring
Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and general social media skills. Quick learner
General knowledge of Adobe InDesign and other publishing software.
Familiar with governmental and nonprofit networks in the Cape Fear region; numerous contacts
Service: As part of the Leadership Wilmington
program, 2006, established what is now Work on
a day of service that attracts more than 2,000 volunteers annually. Served as
chair of the public
relations committee for that inaugural event.
Also served on Greater Wilmington Chamber Education Foundation Board, 2007.
Participated in other community events, including Cape Fear Literacy Spelling
Bee, various walks for charity.
training: Successfully completed 18-month New
York Times Regional Media Group Leadership and Management Development
program. Also, multimedia
training seminar at the Knight Center for Digital Media at the University of
California at Berkeley; national
workshops on health care financing and politics.
Press Association award for editorial writing: first place, 2007; third place, 2009.
NCPA Public Service Award (team award), third
place, 2011 and 2012.
First place, editorial writing, Local Media Association
(formerly Suburban Newspapers of America), 2011 and 2012.
include Southern Journalism Award for a collaborative effort of several
North Carolina newspapers, a Florida Press Association award and assorted New York Times Co. awards for excellence in reporting and