My Story

2007-2011: Cornell University

 
Interviewing Cornell President David Skorton at a broadcast and live-streamed town hall

Interviewing Cornell President David Skorton at a broadcast and live-streamed town hall

At Cornell, I discovered how my curiosity and appetite for knowledge is a powerful match for a career in media. I spent four years learning content production at WVBR-FM, Cornell's student-run, commercial radio station. In my senior year, I was elected President & General Manager, a position I held while also hosting a four-hour, weekly afternoon radio show and a bi-weekly public affairs show. I was running a commercial media operation while also producing and voicing my own content. In that year, I found a new level of personal engagement, and I've been walking the line between production and business ever since.

I also enjoyed producing commercials and promos at WVBR. These are two of my favorites:

2011-2013: NBC News' Education Nation

 
Producing a broadcast town hall in Detroit

Producing a broadcast town hall in Detroit

At NBC News’ Education Nation, I was part TV producer, part digital/social producer, and part business development analyst. Education Nation is a cross-platform and cross-brand initiative using journalism to improve education in American communities. The initiative was one of NBC News’ first ventures into sponsored content. 

Interviewing WBAL Education Reporter Tim Tooten on Facebook Live Video

Interviewing WBAL Education Reporter Tim Tooten on Facebook Live Video

We traveled to seven cities over the course my two years to produce televised town halls and roundtable discussions in partnership with local affiliates, civic organizations, and sponsors. In addition, we produced two national education Summits at the New York Public Library. The Summits were major network events: broadcast and cable shows produced stories those weeks that fit into our programming, and some shows anchored live from the library. Several of our 200+ affiliates sent reporters to cover it.

Education Nation's website and social media presence linked the productions and televised stories throughout the year. In 2013, I ran these initiatives, leading our digital engagement strategy, producing our website's content, and growing our social media audience.

In April 2016, the team asked me to return to help at Education Nation in Baltimore by interviewing panelists on Facebook Live Video.

Check out the below sizzle reel from our 2013 Summit for a sample of Education Nation programming.

 

2013-2015: NBC News & MSNBC Transformation

 

After the 2013 Summit, I was recruited by the Senior Vice President of NBC News Specials to work on a high-profile, newly-formed NBC News and MSNBC initiative called the “Transformation Project,” commissioned by then-NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Pat Fili-Krushel. Our mission was to help NBC journalists tell better stories by innovating culture, workflow, and technology across the broadcast and cable networks. Nothing was off the table, from hard technologies such as field cameras and software to soft matters such as collaboration and media workflow.

My role was to use my editorial experience and production/project management skills to keep twelve cross-discipline teams moving forward toward their goals and market our innovations to both our journalists and senior management. This involved producing videos, writing employee-wide emails/newsletters, and conducting trainings or information sessions. In mid-2015, I was tasked with leading an effort to transform the personal technology assigned to our journalists.

Throughout Transformation, I continued editorial assignments on Weekend Nightly News, our breaking news desk, and Decision 2014 coverage.

2016: TODAY

 

Most recently, I shifted over to the TODAY show, where I am associate producer working on breaking news and feature stories for next-day air. In this role, I conduct interviews, shoot video, research archival footage, and gather elements.

Check out some of my favorite TODAY stories I've helped produce.


Volunteer Activities

Cornell Media Guild Board of Directors

 

I'm serving my second term on the board of the Cornell Media Guild, which owns and operates WVBR-FM and CornellRadio.com. I advise the student managers on news coverage, video production, opportunities for digital growth, and sponsored content. This year, I took on the additional responsibility of planning our annual alumni conference.  

I am passionate about helping students with career development and host an annual student visit to NBCUniversal. 

Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni Board of Directors

 

I was recently elected to the board of the alumni association for my college within Cornell (my undergrad Applied Economics and Management major sits within CALS). In this role, I organize alumni events in New York City and help keep young alumni engaged with the university.

I'm also involved in prospective student recruitment events and moderate the NYC Admitted Students Day panel every year.

Student Voice

 

While I was with Education Nation, I moderated a monthly YouTube web series for Student Voice, a not-for-profit group seeking to raise the profile of the student perspective in the education conversation. 

In 2015, I moderated a panel about student first amendment rights at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas. I also moderated a hour-long panel about the same topic at Student Voice Live! 2014.

PANEL MODERATION: THE STATE OF STUDENT RIGHTS