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USA TODAY, Washington, D.C.  [2010 to present]

Washington reporter

  • Cover Congress and federal agencies for the nation’s largest newspaper

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio [2001 to 2010]

City Hall, politics and projects reporter

  • Generated significant database stories, including investigations into improper property tax breaks, non-collection of city parking tickets and poor maintenance of city streets
  • Covered 2004 presidential campaign in Ohio for the Enquirer and Gannett News Service, traveling with candidates and writing voter-oriented local stories
  • Broke news during four-year stint as City Hall reporter, during turbulent post-riot period that included a Justice Department investigation and racial profiling lawsuit
  • Wrote popular “Inside City Hall” column and blog, with analysis and notes on politics
  • Covered two highly competitive mayoral election campaigns under Cincinnati’s new stronger-mayor system of government

Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio [1997 to 2001]

City Hall and downtown development reporter

  • Covered dynamic, press-hating mayor for four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Knight Ridder paper, circulation 140,000 daily
  • Wrote prolifically, producing 300-plus stories a year, with more than 50 on page one
  • Investigated ‘‘property-flipping’’ scam, resulting in indictment and convictions

The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio [1994 to 1997]

Bureau chief and business editor

  • Directed and reported intensive coverage of auto plant closing with 1,500 layoffs for an aggressive 43,000-circulation daily in a rust belt town
  • Led reporting teams on special projects, including 1996 Casey Medal-winning series, “Generation Rx: The Rise of Ritalin” in 1995

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Washington, D.C. [1993]

Washington Bureau reporter

  • Produced an intern-record 42 stories (four on page one) during 16-week internship
  • Filled in on Capitol Hill beat during NAFTA and health care debates for reporter on leave

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio [1994]

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

  • Graduated cum laude in news writing from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

  • Majored in international relations with course work in history, English and German
  • Completed certificate program in political communication