Resume

REPORTING AND EDITING EXPERIENCE:

2/16 to present 

Lead Design Researcher, The So Company Research, write and edit content for Veterans Affairs as part of the Vets.gov team. Previously led 12-person team to organize and rewrite thousands of VA’s veteran-facing letters. I use plain language to help veterans, service members and their families better understand the resources available to them.

2007 to present

Author, Trident Media Group Author of They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq, which was a national best-seller. Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind how Female Marines are Trained, which I co-authored with Marine Corps Lt. Col. Kate Germano, comes out in April. Editing my first novel and working on a Civil War nonfiction book.

10/14 to 10/15

Director of Veterans Outreach, Public Relations, Bergmann & Moore Wrote daily "Morning Muster" blog about veterans’ news that went out to reporters, Veterans Service Organizations and policy-makers; sent out press releases; arranged press  interviews; wrote case press releases; covered burn pits for other news outlets as freelance writer (The Daily Beast), managed social media accounts, managed SEO for firm web site. Learned about veterans’ benefits.

12/10 to 08/2014

Reporter, USA TODAY Covered health policy, including the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, for both the news and business sections of the paper.

Covered politics as they relate to health policy, but also as part of the politics team when needed. Continued to cover military and veteran health issues.

2/07 to 12/10 

Reporter, Military Times Covered military health, especially as it pertains to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Broke the Walter Reed scandal and burn-pit story. Specialized in mental health issues, traumatic brain injuries and disability retirement issues.

11/05 to 2/07 

Reporter, Army Times Covered medical, cultural, training and demographics issues.

6/05 to 11/05

Reporting intern, The Chicago Tribune ­Wrote general-assignment stories.

3/00 to 6/05

Freelance journalist, college instructor and copy editor  Wrote business and lifestyles stories for the (Boulder) Daily Camera, covered breaking news for The Associated Press, covered science for NASA, wrote Lifestyles features and news stories for The Denver Post. Taught page design and editing, and news writing at the University of Northern Colorado, and critical thinking and writing at the University of Colorado.

7/00 to 6/01

Family issues and people profiles reporter, The Oregonian ­Wrote family-issue stories for The Oregonian’s southwest metro bureau.

10/98 to 01/00 

Crime reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune Covered all criminal and police activity in Salt Lake City and the surrounding suburbs.

10/97 to 10/98

Education reporter, The Ogden Standard-Examiner  Covered 50 K-12 schools as well as the state board of education.

5/96 to 6/97

Editor in chief, The Rocky Mountain Collegian Managed 90-person staff at Colorado State University’s daily student newspaper.

8/89 to 7/93

Communications specialist, U.S. Army Primary job was signal corps. Served as unit public-affairs representative and photographer for three years. Served in the first Persian Gulf War and Mogadishu, Somalia.

SKILLS:

· gitHub    · Pivotal Tracker   · Quark Xpress    ·HCD    · Adobe Photoshop    · Photography    · WordPress    · HTML    · Brochure and Web site Design    ·Word    · Access    · Excel    · Powerpoint

EDUCATION:

  • May 1997 - B.A. in technical journalism from Colorado State University. GPA 3.4
  • May 2007 - M.A. in journalism from Universty of Colorado’s advanced professional program, focused on military history and politics