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Multimedia journalist and anchor with six years professional experience, specializing in politics, crime, changing demographics and urban affairs. Skilled in video production, web content, newswriting, photography and social media.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

KTIV, Multimedia Journalist/Fill-In Anchor, Sioux City, IA Nov 2014 – Present
• Covered presidential candidates on the campaign trail, including Donald Trump, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Carly Fiorina, Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rick Santorum, involving multiple one-on-one interviews leading up to the Iowa Caucuses
• Anchor, edit and produce weekend newscasts, including the Sunday 10 p.m., which is the station’s most watched show
• Shoot, write, edit and report on a variety of topics, such as economic development, crime, agriculture and natural disasters
• Set up live shots, including on breaking news stories
• Develop a strong network of contacts with political officials, public offices, law enforcement and community organizations

Join the Synergy, Reporter/Host/Social Media Coordinator, Los Angeles, CA Apr 2012 – Oct 2014
• Regularly posted content on company WordPress website
• Interviewed cast, artists and producers at red carpet events for TV shows, movies and music
• Marketed celebrity video interviews on multiple platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr
• Hosted the Synergistic Reviews, an online video recap and interaction with Twitter fans of popular TV shows

eNews Channel, Resident Journalist, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa Jan 2012- Mar 2012
• Enterprised a story for eNews Africa that aired in 49 African countries, 16 satellite channels and the UK on the death of an alleged gang leader killed in one of Cape Town’s most violent neighborhoods
• Reported on education and court stories that aired on eNews
• Wrote scripts and crawlers for the News Day and Prime Time network news broadcasts
• Blogged about experiences on stories using self-edited video, print and links

Medill News Service, Reporter/Anchor/Producer/Editor, Chicago, IL/Washington, D.C. Jan 2011- Dec 2011
• Reported on Congress, immigration, political rallies, changing demographics and urban affairs
• Created video, print, photo and web content on deadline for Chicago area and national news organizations/clients
• Reported on a White House event on eliminating poverty that aired on TV2 (CBS affiliate in the Virgin Islands)
• Interviewed the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile on treatment of leaders invited to the Capitol
• Anchored and produced 30-minute weekly newscasts for Medill’s news website and Evanston Cable Television

Valley View News, Writer/Anchor/Editor, Northridge, CA Sep 2008 – May 2009
• Anchored for weekly university television station broadcasted in the San Fernando Valley
• Produced, filmed, wrote and edited packages on a multitude of national and local political and social issues

KCSN 88.5 FM, Writer/Producer/Anchor, Northridge, CA Sep 2007 – May 2008
• Anchored sports segment of the Wednesday evening newscast for the student-run radio station
• Wrote scripts, produced newscasts and conducted interviews with local coaches and athletes

 

BROADCAST INTERNSHIPS

Learned all facets of producing daily news programs for major market affiliates on deadline including selecting shots and assisting with rundowns. Researched and pitched story ideas including the release of journalism student Esha Momeni from Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. Conducted interviews to be aired on television and online such as interviews with Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek and casts of CBS’s “Medium” and NBC’s “Community.”

KNBC, Burbank, CA Jan 2010 – May 2010
NBC Nightly News, Burbank, CA Sep 2009 – Dec 2009
KTLA, Creative Services Dept., Los Angeles, CA May 2009 – Sep 2009
Dateline NBC, Burbank, CA Jan 2009 – May 2009

 

HONORS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Iowa Broadcast News Association (Reporter) Apr 2017
First place award for Political Coverage- “Iowa Caucuses”
Iowa Broadcast News Association (Reporter) Apr 2017
Second place award for Spot News- “Sioux Falls Building Collapse”
Regional Emmy: Daytime Newscast-Blizzard Afer the Caucus (Reporter) Oct 2016
Eric Sevareid Award (Multimedia Journalist) Apr 2016
First place award for Documentary/Special for reporting on Pilger, Nebraska- “One Year After The Storm
Regional Emmy: Weekend Newscast (Multimedia Journalist) Oct 2015
First Runner-Up Intern Excellence Award Dec 2009
NBC, Burbank, CA
Golden Mike Award Jan 2009
Radio Television News Association of Southern California- Anchored award winning sports segment of the “Best Newscast-More than 15 Minutes”

 

EDUCATION

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL March 2012
• Master of Science in Journalism, Concentration in Videography/Broadcast
California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA May 2010
• Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Journalism
• Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

 

SKILLS

• Verbal fluency in Farsi
• Proficient using: Sony XDCAM EX, Panasonic HVX-200, Final Cut Pro 7, Avid NewsCutter, Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Soundbooth, iNews, ENPS, Microsoft Office Professional Suite, WordPress, P2 CMS
• Social Media: Twitter, Storify, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram