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Reporter and public relations specialist

Omaha, TX



My career began in newspapers where I won state and national praise for my ability to tell a story. I successfully made the transition from newspapers to the public relations field where I was first a public relations specialist in health care and then in higher education. I have a master's in public administration and I understand how city government should work. I have worked at a television station where I managed news coverage and social media. Overall, I am a straight shooter with the ability to meet intense deadlines with grace. I also know how essential it is to make and maintain personal relationships to get any job done.

Work Experience

Website editor and reporter

Lufkin Daily News, Lufkin, TX

Jun 2012Sep 2012

At the Lufkin Daily News I was in charge of making certain the website was updated each night and doing general assignments for the newspaper.

Assistant Content Manager

KTBS CHANNEL, Shreveport, LA


As the assistant content manager at KTBS Channel 3, I generated and assigned stories for multiple daily shows, constantly updated including writing dozens of articles for the web on an as needed basis as well as helping mentor and monitor journalists with various experience levels. Helping TV journalists write was the most satisfying part of my job at Channel 3 and one of the areas where I felt I truly made a difference. Responsible for bulk of social media updates including and

University Editor

Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR


  • Generated media coverage by distributing press releases and serving as a media liaison;
  • Composed copy for monthly faculty/staff bulletin and the alumni office's quarterly magazine, The Stater;
  • Provided editing services for all campus communications, including the English department;
  • Served as university photographer at majority of campus events;
  • Managed additional photographers and student public relations intern each semester;
  • Updated university Website with updated releases;
  • Worked closely with the Arkansas Association of Public Universities, a group designed to create a stronger voice for higher education issues in the Arkansas Legislature.

"Active Age" Coordinator

Texarkana Gazette, Texarkana, TX


newspaper circulation, about 29,000)
  • Oversaw all editorial content and produced news and feature articles for Active Age, a monthly magazine for Texarkana citizens age 50 and older.
  • Managed a staff of writers, photographers, graphic artists and advertising executives to ensure a perfect product.

Marketing Specialist

Good Shepard Health System, Longview, TX


  • Generated features and news stories for the bi-monthly newsletter, The Pulse;
  • Developed news releases to pitch to the news media and established strong relationships with key reporters in the area;
  • Managed Women's Heart Advantage, ClassiCare Senior Program, Emergency/EMS, and Employee Relations;
  • Event planning, from crafting the invitation to following up with participants.


Reporting Experience

Longview News-Journal, Springdale, AR


(Estimated circulation of 29,000), Tyler Morning-Telegraph (estimated circulation 34,000), and Arkansas Democrat in Springdale, Arkansas, (estimated 40,000 circulation) the bureau for Arkansas' flagship newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock.


Master's in Public Administration

Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR


Southern Arkansas University


B. A. in Communications/Journalism

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX


A. A. in Journalism

Texarkana College, Texarkana, TX


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