Pop culture writer, The Washington Post: Washington, D.C. July 2016 to present.
Writing news, reported analysis and features about movies, music, TV and celebrity culture.
General assignment reporter, The Washington Post: Washington, D.C. July 2014 to July 2016.
Wrote multiple stories daily, including breaking news and digital enterprise. Covered national, foreign, health, science, political and entertainment news.
Staff Writer, National Journal: Washington, D.C. June 2012 to July 2014.
Covered national politics, wrote multiple stories daily for National Journal’s website. Contributed to National Journal Daily and National Journal Magazine. Covered Congress and lobbying for Influence Alley, helped manage Influence Alley’s microsite, social media presence and email product.
Senior Reporter/Blogger, WAMU 88.5: Washington, D.C. March 2011 to May 2012.
Covered race and class in D.C. for DCentric, an NPR Project Argo blog. Wrote multiple original blog posts daily, aggregated content and managed social media presence. Shot photos for Web and recorded audio for on-air promotions.
Web Reporter, TBD.com: Arlington, Va. July 2010 to March 2011.
Covered development, politics and community news for major D.C.-area news website. Wrote four to seven blog posts daily and copy edited fellow reporters. Shot and edited video and photos for the Web and affiliated T.V. station, NewsChannel 8.
World Affairs Fellow, International Center for Journalists: El Salvador, February 2010.
Awarded fellowship to report on the recession’s impact on El Salvador’s remittance economy and Salvadoran immigrants in Maryland. Helped coordinate the production of “Fractured Pipeline,” including photo slideshows and videos.
Staff Writer, The Gazette, Prince George’s County Bureau: Laurel, Md. September 2007 to July 2010.
Covered nine city councils, 25 schools, public safety, breaking news, politics and development in Prince George’s County, Md. Wrote breaking stories for The Gazette’s website and news and feature stories for The Washington Post’s Local Living section.
Intern Reporter, various publications: 2005 to 2006.
Interned at Washingtonian magazine in Washington, D.C., The Washington Post Express in Arlington, Va. and The Teton Times on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.
Staff Writer, The Diamondback: College Park, Md. 2006
Wrote feature stories on the student life desk of the 20,000-circulation University of Maryland campus daily.
Stand-up comic and comedy writer: D.C. metro area. January 2006 to present.
Writing and performing original stand-up routines.
University of Maryland, Philip Merrill College of Journalism: College Park, Md. May 2006.
Graduated Summa cum Laude with double Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and African-American history. Completed graduate-level coursework in narrative journalism under Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist Jon Franklin.
National Edward R. Murrow Awards, 2011:
Best Local Online News Operation Website, TBD.com: Contributed to coverage in entry, including “National Archives agents raid home of Leslie Waffen, former archives department head.”
Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Editorial Contest
Division D, 2010: Second place best use of interactive media for “Fractured Pipeline.”
Division D, 2008: First place feature story for “We are the Enforcers.”
Division E, 2007: First place general news story for “Sellers Play Waiting Game.”
SKILLS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Spanish and Farsi.
- Shoot and edit photos and videos. Proficient in Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and Vegas.
- Well-versed in HTML, online publishing tools, Google Analytics. Active on social media platforms.
- Member of Online News Association, Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association and Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society.
Available upon request.