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Capital News Service, College Park, Md.
Multimedia Reporter, January 2013 – May 2013

  • Reported using traditional resources and digital resources like Facebook, Twitter and electronic databases to develop rich sources.
  • Created and designed multimedia news content for CNS website using Tableau, SoundSlides and PhotoShop.
  • Shot and produced a photo slideshow of a Second Amendment rally in Annapolis, Md.
  • Served as Social Media editor for CNS and tracked analytics, referred readers to live tweets from CNS reporters, promoted CNS content on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Led the student effort for a major data analysis project on sea level rise in Maryland with Access and Excel databases and census and scientific data.
  • Wrote, edited and published web-based stories on gun control, social justice and the environment using WordPress.

Sea Level Rise in Maryland – An Interactive Map.
Census data analysis and mapping projections by Rashee Raj Kumar, Krystal Nancoo-Russell and Mandy Dominelli.
July 10, 2013.
Flooded, Unproductive Farms Likely Future for Chesapeake Shores
July 10, 2013.
Open Government Advocates Say Obama Progress on FOIA Not Enough
March 14, 2013.
Senate Committee Advances Gov. O’Malley’s Gun Control Legislation
Feb. 22, 2013.
College Park Murder-Suicide Raises Questions About Gun Background Checks for Mentally Ill
Feb. 15, 2013.
Maryland Graduate Student Kills Roommate in Murder-Suicide
Feb. 12, 2013.
Gun Rights Advocates Rally Against O’Malley’s Gun Control Bill
Feb. 6, 2013. (with 10 photo slideshow)
Maryland Boy Scouts Prepare for Possible End of Gay Ban
Feb. 1, 2013.
Maryland State Police Face a Lengthy Backlog of Background Checks, Gun Dealers Say
Jan. 25, 2013.
Fear Drives Gun Sales Sky High in Maryland
Jan. 18, 2013. (with photo and infographic)

Main Justice, Washington, D.C.
Intern, September 2012 – December 2012

  • Researched and wrote aggregated news stories involving the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Created a cloud-based Google spreadsheet database for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case decisions for the last 10 years to track changes.
  • Wrote, edited and published web-based stories using WordPress.
  • Updated weekly email alerts on Constant Contact with the news of the week.

Barney Frank Calls for Increased Prosecution of Individuals in Financial Crime Cases Dec. 21, 2012.
Dems File Brief Calling for Dismissal of Fast and Furious Contempt Lawsuit
Dec. 19, 2012.
Leahy Calls for Vote on Judicial Nominees In Lameduck Session
Nov. 30, 2012.
OIG Identifies National Security, Restoring Confidence as Top 2012 Challenges for DOJ
Nov. 19, 2012.
Grassley Asks For Briefing On FBI’s Petraeus Investigation
Nov. 16, 2012.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Sues DOJ, DEA and Holder
Nov. 2, 2012.
PA Lawmakers Urge AG Holder to Look Into Sandusky Case
Nov. 2, 2012.
ACLU Accuses DOJ of Delaying Release of Improperly Sentenced Inmates
Oct. 31, 2012.
Former Deputy AG Terwilliger to Join Morgan Lewis
Oct. 26, 2012.
Justice Department Files Suit Against Mississippi For Alleged ‘School-To-Prison Pipeline’
Oct. 26, 2012.
Report: Philadelphia FBI Chief Front-Runner for Top Post in New York
Oct. 24, 2012.
Landowners Question Varying DOJ Offers for Border Properties
Oct. 15, 2012.
Grassley Asks Deputy AG Cole for Answers in Reno USAO-ATF Dispute
Sept. 28, 2012.
Grassley, Issa Request DOJ Inquiry in ICE Agent Zapata’s Murder
Sept. 26, 2012.
FBI, DEA Help with Firearms Cases in Absence of ATF’s Presence in Reno
Sept. 26, 2012.
Supreme Court Getting ‘Back to Business’ in Fall Term, U.S. Chamber Groups Say
Sept. 24, 2012.
Assistant to Solicitor General leaves for Private Practice
Sept. 14, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana Featured as ‘Groundbreaking Woman’
Sept. 14, 2012.
Report: New Jersey Tops U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Public Corruption Convictions
Sept. 14, 2012. (also created infographic)
DEA Chiefs Ask Holder to Oppose Marijuana Legalization Sept. 10, 2012.

The Sentinel Newspapers, Rockville, Md.
Freelance Writer, June 2012 – August 2012

  • Reported and wrote articles for county weekly publications on topics from spot news to politics to pop culture

Maryland voters will decide the fate of a Prince George’s County casino in November
The Prince George’s County Sentinel, Aug. 16, 2012.
Sen. Cardin applauds Prince George’s County’s commitment to job creation
The Prince George’s County Sentinel, Aug. 15, 2012.
Professional school enrollment impacted by struggling economy
The Prince George’s County Sentinel, Aug. 15, 2012.
Bartlett does well in Montgomery County
MoCoVox , Aug. 2, 2012. (story not given my byline)
Microburst, derecho storms leave county damaged
The Prince George’s County Sentinel, July 3, 2012.
Local Hospitals, Public Transportation deal with power outages
MoCoVox, June 30, 2012.
Casa de Maryland at odds with Arizona ruling
The Montgomery County Sentinel, June 28, 2012.

Related Skills

Proficient in the Adobe software Suite, Final Cut Express, Sound Cloud and basic html.

Other Clips

The Washington Kastles Charity Tennis Classic
The Georgetowner, July 10, 2012.
UMD student, Internet Casanova featured on Tosh.0
Campus Drive, news blog for The Diamondback, July 5, 2012.
Armed with NIH grant, UMD researchers work to cure malaria
Campus Drive, news blog for The Diamondback, June 27, 2012.