B.A., Communication (Multimedia Journalism) & Political Science
Minor: Leadership & Social Change
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Class of 2014, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Experience

Cybersecurity reporter, June 2014-present
Inside CybersecurityInside Washington Publishers
Arlington, Va.
  • Cover the Trump administration and Congress’ efforts to secure cyberspace from malicious actors
  • Build and maintain relationships with sources in the cybersecurity policy field
  • Write enterprising, investigative news stories and analyses on cyber policy
  • Disseminate Inside Cybersecurity content across multiple social media platforms
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop new leads to follow, ways to increase readership, and expand social media presence
  • Oversee junior reporters and assist with their professional and journalistic development
Managing editor, Aug. 2013-May 2014
Philologia, the undergraduate research journal for the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Blacksburg, Va.

  • Worked with Editor-in-Chief and design editors to establish vision and design of Volume VI of the journal
  • Led six associate editors to produce a journal with diverse research studies representative of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

News reporter, Aug. 2013-Dec. 2013, May 2011-May 2012
Collegiate Times daily newspaper
Blacksburg, Va.

  • Wrote over 70 news articles covering topics such as concealed carry on campus, university policy, research projects, politics, and student activities and issues on weekly deadlines
  • Covered multiple breaking news stories, using social media to distribute information in real-time
  • Worked with news editors to brainstorm enterprise stories relevant to our audience

Newsroom Intern, June 2013-Aug. 2013
McLean, Va.

  • Wrote one article, published in print and at USATODAY.com
  • Built USA TODAY Opinion’s Tumblr page
  • Contributed to research for USA TODAY editorials
  • Crafted and scheduled tweets for the @USATOpinion Twitter account

Opinions editor, Aug. 2012-May 2013
Collegiate Times
Blacksburg, Va.

  • Refocused opinions section mission to focus on more interesting, relevant content about local issues and events
  • Recruited and mentored a staff of about 25 opinion writers and two cartoonists, who created content and art for an opinion page tailored to relevant, local issues
  • Established new ways to package opinion content beyond columns and letters, including new packages displaying student quotes about divisive issues

Intern, Summer 2012
Homeland Security Today
Washington, D.C.

  • Wrote an investigative piece on racial and religious profiling, published in print, featuring an interview with a veteran congressman
  • Covered congressional committee and Department of Homeland Security hearings, filing stories on tight deadlines
  • Contributed to a Homeland Security Report Card and an article about the 2012 presidential election

Leadership Experience

Newsletter editor, Aug. 2013-May 2014
Golden Key International Honour Society, Virginia Tech chapter

  • Contributed to decision-making made by chapter leaders
  • Produced a newsletter for the chapter once per semester
  • Noted the most important points from chapter meetings and distribute as meeting minutes

Peer leader, Aug. 2011-May 2011
Virginia Tech Residential Leadership Community

  • Coordinated and executed projects
  • Facilitated group discussions, assignments, activities, and projects
  • Marketed and advertised events for the RLC


  • Utilizing search engine optimization
  • Copy editing
  • Writing headlines
  • Writing on tight deadlines
  • Using content management system
  • Taking/editing photos (Adobe Photoshop)
  • Managing social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Pinterest, Reddit, Foursquare, LinkedIn)
  • Recording/editing audio (Audacity, GarageBand)
  • Shooting/editing video (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro)
  • Anchoring on camera
  • Designing infographics
  • Interpreting Google Analytics data
  • Leading and managing teams and projects


Activities, Honors and Awards