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EDUCATION

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.
M.S. in Journalism, May 2009, with honors


Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill.
B.A., double major in English and Mass Media, May 2000


EXPERIENCE

Freelance Journalist
Meriden, Connecticut, 1/13 - present


Staff Reporter, Record-Journal Newspaper
Meriden, CT, 4/12 - 1/13


Local Editor, Patch.com
Meriden, CT, 9/10 - 4/12


Freelance Journalist
New York, N.Y. / Connecticut, 5/09 - 9/10


Vice President of Communications, Perennial Strategy Group / Perennial Sports and Entertainment, Washington, D.C., 10/07 - 6/08
Director of Communications, 7/05 - 10/07


Education Volunteer, United States Peace Corps,
Bukhara, Uzbekistan, 1/03 - 4/05


Managing Editor, West Suburban Living Magazine,
Elmhurst, Ill., 5/00 - 9/02
Associate Editor, 5/99 - 5/00 and Intern, 12/98 - 5/99


Stringer, The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill., The Lombardian/Villa Park Review, Lombard, Ill.

SKILLS

Techonolgy: Highly proficient in Photoshop, InDesign, Quark. Proficient in digital photography, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, basic HTML, basic Flash

Languages: Conversational in Uzbek (Spoken in Uzbekistan and Western China, and in forms throughout Eurasia). Basic knowledge of Tajik and Dari (Official language of Afghanistan)

Travel Experience: Central Asia, Afghanistan, the Balkans, the Middle East, portions of the Indian subcontinent, China, Europe, and Latin America


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