Work experience

University of New Mexico

adjunct faculty
August 2012 – present
Classes taught or teaching include Intermediate Multimedia Reporting, Newspaper Practice, Mobile Reporting, Writing and Editing for Multimedia, Digital Journalism Ethics and Introduction to Media Writing. Secured grant funding in spring of 2014 for a Mobile Reporting class.

New Mexico News Port

editor
July 2014 – June 2016
Responsible for design and development of website for student journalists at the University of New Mexico. Coordinated news coverage plans and worked with students to produce relevant and insightful written and multimedia work.

New Mexico Daily Lobo

writing coach
June 2011 – December 2015
Responsible for constructive classroom critique of published student newspapers and multimedia pieces. Guided students in digital journalism technology, ethical practices and current reporting trends.

Santa Fe New Mexican

reporter
January 2008 – December 2012
Covered the state political and government beat for the printed daily newspaper as well as for online coverage through Twitter, blogging and other platforms.

Albuquerque Tribune

politics writer
April 2005 – January 2008
Covered Gov. Bill Richardson’s bid for president as well as the New Mexico Legislature.  Wrote a weekly political column and daily blog on state government.  Assignments included the corruption trial of a former state treasurer, Congressional elections and immigration stories.

Albuquerque Journal

capitol bureau reporter
January 2003 – March 2005
Wrote about the New Mexico Governor’s Office and Legislature.  Assignments included covering Gov. Bill Richardson’s meetings with then-president Vicente Fox in Mexico City, and the state’s Department of Homeland Security. Also covered stories about the U.S.-Mexico border.

Albuquerque Tribune

city and state government reporter
January 1999 – January 2003
Covered the Albuquerque Mayor’s Office and the City Council.  Assignments included the city’s quest to find a new minor-league baseball team and build a new stadium.  Also covered Bernalillo County government and immigration stories, resulting in strong knowledge of Albuquerque-area activities and culture.

Fresno Bee

news writing intern
Summer 1998
Wrote general-assignment and spot news.

New Mexico Daily Lobo

news editor, photo editor, staff reporter
April 1996 – January 1999
Covered various beats at the University of New Mexico; coordinated news and photo coverage.

Education

University of South Florida Saint Petersburg

Master’s degree in digital journalism and design, 2014.

University of New Mexico

Graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish in 1999.

Universidad de Barcelona, Spain

Attended Spanish culture and language classes from 1994 to 1995

Awards and memberships

Outstanding part-time instructor of the year, UNM Communication and Journalism Department, 2016-17 academic year

Oversaw student coverage that won first place for online news reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists Region Nine Mark of Excellence contest, April 2016.

Oversaw student coverage that won a second place grand prize winner in the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education for New Mexico News Port work during the 2014 – 15 school year, September 2015

Oversaw student coverage of the 2014 mid-term election that led to 2nd place awards in continuing coverage and college news writing categories for the National Federation of Press Women contest, June 2015

Oversaw student coverage of the mid-term election that led to a 1st place awards in continuing coverage, news writing and feature writing categories for the New Mexico Press Women contest, April 2015

Designed and developed website that led to a 2nd place award in website category for the New Mexico Press Women contest, April 2015

First place, special series, New Mexico Press Women, April 2013

First place, news series, New Mexico Press Association, October 2012

Best Documentary, Santa Fe Three-minute Film Fest, May 2009

First place, continuing coverage, New Mexico Press Women, March 2009

Second place, spot news, Scripps Howard quarterly contest, February 2008

Selected participant, Institute of Mexicans Living Abroad journalism conference, Mexico City, April 2007

Best of E.W. Scripps award, spot news, March 2006

First place, investigative reporting and second place, continuing coverage, New Mexico Press Women, April 2005

Member, UNM Student Publications Board, 2005-2007

Second place, investigative reporting, New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors, April 2002

Founding member, Hank Trewhitt Alumni Journalism Award Committee, 2001

David Gomez award for outstanding achievement in reporting, April 1998

Teaching assistant, intermediate reporting class, fall 1998

Selected participant, Germany for Journalists newspaper program, May 1998

Other skills


Fluent in Spanish

Experience in shooting and editing video and audio

Experience in social media and blogging

Other published works

Contributing writer, MediaShift.org.

Chapter author, Answering the Call: Three Generations of Military Service. In Santa Fe Its 400th  Year: Exploring the Past, Defining the Future (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 287-293). Santa Fe: Sunstone Press. 2010