Being true to my current hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, I’m in a state of showing you my work.
The Washington Post
As a journalist, my articles have been featured in The Washington Post and syndicated to more than 100 newspapers across the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, the Sydney Morning Herald and my personal favorite, the Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.
I bring into every project the level of dedication, professionalism and excellence that I learned in the Post newsroom.
For a complete list of where my work ended up, check me out at MuckRack.
Some favorites from my time at The Washington Post
- Tiny homes multiply amid big issues as communities grapple with homelessness (October 2018)
- Starting to run in your 40s and 50s has its advantages. Ask these middle-age marathoners. (Sept 2016)
- How this ‘Zelda’-playing, ‘Harry Potter’-loving nerd built a loyal fitness community (June 2016)
- Around the World in 26.2: The rising trend of racing on every continent (March 2015)
- How Gregorian Chants helped me find my running rhythm (March 2014)
- KC Bier Co’s Winterbock warmed our winter nights (Kansas City Magazine, 2019 Beer issue)
- This secret climbing cliff is hidden right by downtown KC (Kansas City Magazine, April 2019 issue)
- Following the Coffee Trail to La Sierra (co-written with Megan Finck, Anthrow Circus, Fall 2017)
- What to do when Culture Shocks (co-written with Megan Finck, Anthrow Circus, Fall 2017)
- Do grooms still ask for their father-in-law’s blessing? Here’s why I did. (The Washington Post)
- Passion Project: Freeing the Innocent (pg. 13-16) (Res Ipsa, UMKC School of Law Magazine)
- Better Together (UMKC Explore Magazine)
- ‘You’re Doing it Wrong!’ Ways PBS Studios is catering to millennials (The Washington Post)
The Bloch Magazine, from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, is a yearly magazine toward anyone with a relationship with the Bloch School. After a three-year absence, the magazine returned with a new design and editorial calendar. As editor, I drove the magazine from idea to completion, managed six writers, an art director, photographer and illustrator. In addition, I wrote several stories, including the cover feature on Henry W. Bloch and his legacy.
Life Pieces to Masterpieces
On the fourth floor of Drew Elementary in D.C.’s Ward 7, real life change is happening. Young African-American boys, too often lost in a society inherently prejudiced to them or trying to survive a chaotic upbringing, gather for Life Pieces to Masterpieces, a nonprofit that uses art to teach these boys virtue and character. Founded in 1996 by Larry Quick, Mary Brown and Ben Johnson, Life Pieces started with seven boys learning how to create art and process the inner workings of their life. Twenty years later, hundreds of boys have come through the program, now men contributing to the betterment of their community and city.
Life Pieces’s executive team wanted an annual report in 2015-2016 that featured their wonderful programs and growth, as well as propelled them forward toward a national reach with more partners and donors. As the project manager, I led a team of three, researching, reporting and creating a document that was historical and topical.
We honed in the journey of a masterpiece, starting at their programs for pre-school and kindergartners and ending with their educational aide programs. Form followed function, as we flipped the annual report to a landscape feel to fully convey the journey.
Bowen McCauley Dance
Lucy Bowen McCauley has served the Greater D.C. area with her unique style of dance choreography and educational programs. Being a mainstay in Arlington, Bowen McCauley Dance was looking for a way to highlight the outstanding work they’ve done and also “reintroduce” themselves to potential subscribers and donors.
As part of a five-person team, we got to know the great story of Lucy and her dance company. Interviews and in-person discussions showed a woman dedicated to her craft and to her community. The dancers were top-notch and their educational programs, especially “Dance for Parkinson’s” provided tangible health and wellness benefits.
They came to Taproot needing an annual report and we created an portrait of Bowen McCauley Dance. Their brand is Dance For All and that spirit of inclusiveness drives them into the future.
The Washington Center
The Washington Center is the bridge between higher education and professional careers for high-potential students. Through internships, workforce development and experiential learning, TWC propels students toward becoming global citizens.
As the writer of their 2015 annual report, I compiled releases, clippings and other information to create a cohesive narrative on the importance of strategic partnerships.
A sampling of videos that I’ve produced. Work includes concepting, scripting, pre-interviewing and interviewing and compiling b-roll footage.
Health and Wellness
- You’re thinking about fitness all wrong (The Washington Post)
- How I learned to love running (The Washington Post)
- How a Hospital used a historic trail to help its community (The Washington Post)
- Running on Faith: Mike Plunkett’s Success Story (Experience Life)
- Expert Answers on Fitness (Experience Life, Jan/Feb. 2016)
- Expert Answers on Fitness (Experience Life, April 2016)
- 11 Lessons we learned about remote patient monitoring (edited and co-written, Overlap Health
- Conduct better mHealth research with these 5 best practices (Overlap Health)
- Why digital health matters to you in 2020 (Overlap Health)
- Your brain on stress: understanding the stress response (ghosted for Healium)
- How your digital diet is making you sick (ghosted for Healium)
Entrepreneurship, Tech and business
- How researching entrepreneurship in Medellin led me to Kansas City (Startland News)
- Designing to the Center (of America) (Medium, March 2018)
- The Great Office Space Conundrum To lease or to buy? Consideration for your business at any stage. (Thinking Bigger Business Guide for Entrepreneurship)
- New animal health company aims to fill R&D gaps (Thinking Bigger Business)
- Partnership with Kansas City R&D pays off for inventor (Thinking Bigger Business)
- Top 5 ways AI benefits Mortgage Lead Management (ghosted for Structurely)