Western Kentucky University, School of Journalism and Broadcasting, Bowling Green, Ky. Double major in print journalism and government. B.A. in May 2000.
Deputy Editor for Accountability and Engagement, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Ky., Dec. 2014 – Present
Work with a five-member reporting team, and others across the newsroom, to plan and execute investigative and enterprise journalism. Oversee coverage of state politics and government. Help the newsroom find ways to engage readers on social media.
Accountability Editor, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Ky., Sept. 2011 – Dec. 2014 Manage a team of five reporters. Planned and edited watchdog journalism about Kentucky government, Southern and Eastern Kentucky and the University of Kentucky. Managed the newspaper’s Bluegrass Politics blog. Served as the newsroom’s social media guru.
Government Editor, Lexington Herald-Leader, April 2009 – Sept. 2011
Helped manage a team of eight reporters, including five focused on daily and enterprise coverage of state, local and federal government. Managed the newspaper’s Bluegrass Politics blog.
State Capitol Bureau Chief, Lexington Herald-Leader, Jan. 2006 – March 2008
Led a three-person state Capitol bureau, writing daily and enterprise stories about state government and the Kentucky General Assembly. Managed the newspaper’s Bluegrass Politics blog.
Growth & Development Reporter, Lexington Herald-Leader, Sept. 2002 – Dec. 2005.
Technology & Utilities Reporter, Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb. 2000 – Sept. 2002.
Reporting Intern, San Jose Mercury News, summer 1999; Lexington Herald-Leader, summer 1998; Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, winter 1998; Peoria Journal Star, summer 1997; Wayne County Outlook, summer 1996.
Editor-In-Chief, College Heights Herald, Bowling Green, Ky., Jan. 1999 – Dec. 1999. The College Heights Herald won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award in 1999 and 2000. The time period for each award included one semester of my tenure as editor of the semiweekly student newspaper at Western Kentucky University.
Awards & Honors
McClatchy President’s Award, 2016, for “Harvesting Tax Breaks” series.
Best Special Project, small newspaper division, 2006 Best in Business Awards, Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
1st Place, Business Reporting, 2005 Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award.
1st Place, Best Enterprise or Analytical Story, 2004 Kentucky Press Association Awards.
Winner, 1999 Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition, Scripps Howard Foundation.
Participant, 1998 Winter/Spring Politics & Journalism Semester, Washington Center for Politics & Journalism.