Summary Of Qualifications
A multiple award-winning journalist and editor with comprehensive experience at nationally recognized print and online outlets. Recognized media personality, offering analysis and commentary on current events and popular culture.
Freelance, San Francisco/Los Angeles, CA
Reporter/Essayist/Editor 2011 – Present
Movie Pilot, Venice, CA
Editor 2016 – 2017
- Managed a team of 13 writers and contributors covering news, reviews, and commentary for a fan-centric entertainment brand.
- Scheduled editorial calendar, approved and edited 150-200 pieces of content per month while tracking contributor progress.
- Wrote and edited entertainment celebrity features, breaking entertainment news, and commentary.
- Conducted SEO keyword research and studied site analytics to pitch and assign stories to drive greater traffic.
- Provided press room coverage at high-profile events such as the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
- Pitched, wrote, and edited features for integrated marketing campaigns with various studios including Warner Bros. and Lionsgate.
The Advocate, Los Angeles, CA
Entertainment Editor 2013 – 2016
- Wrote and edited entertainment and current events news, cover stories/features, columns and commentary for the leading LGBT-focused publication.
- Produced and wrote online video interviews and packages.
- Promoted published articles across all social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- Managed a team of writers and junior editors.
- Provided red carpet, press room, and after party coverage at high-profile events such as the Academy Awards, the Emmys, the Golden Globes, Comic-Con International, the MTV Movie Awards and Video Music Awards.
- Launched online entertainment channel “Advocate Spotlight” featuring A-list celebrity interviews.
- Acted as a spokesperson and expert on relevant topics with appearances on various broadcast programming.
The Advocate, Los Angeles, CA
Associate Editor 2012 – 2013
- Wrote features, editorial pieces and reviews in addition to daily news items and a weekly column.
- Trained and mentored junior editors.
- Edited work from freelance contributors as well as cultivated and maintained ongoing relationships with a network of writers.
Here Media, Los Angeles, CA
Staff Writer 2011 - 2012
- Wrote daily content for a number of the company's various brands including Gay.net, The Advocate, and Out on subjects including entertainment, gaming, sports, and current events.
- Drafted and polished copy on behalf of integrated marketing campaigns for Johnson & Johnson, Mattel and Absolute Vodka, among others.
- Identified popular trends for future articles and managed daily publishing schedule.
- Created custom graphics and edited photographs for use in conjunction with published works.
- Format and publish content using raw HTML.
Square Zair Pair (2016)
- Children’s book available at mass retail and online.
Awards & Honors
Journalist of the Year: 1st Place - LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards 2014
Personality Profile: 1st Place - LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards 2014
Commentary: 1st Place - LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards 2014
Celebrity Feature: 2nd Place - LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards 2014
Entertainment Journalist of the Year: Finalist - The 57th Annual So. Cal. Journalism Awards, 2015
Personality Profile: 3rd Place - The 57th Annual So. Cal. Journalism Awards, 2015
Journalist of the Year: Finalist - LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards 2015
Celebrity Feature: 2nd Place - LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards 2015
Commentary: 3rd Place - LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards 2015
Online – Film/TV/Theater/Book Feature: 2nd Place - LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards 2016
Personality Profile/Interview,Under 2,5000 Words - Print: 3rd Place - LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards 2016
Best Entertainment Story: 1st Place - National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association-LA Excellence In Journalism Awards 2014
San Francisco State University
Bachelor of Arts – English: Creative Writing
- Dean’s Honor List