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EDUCATION
BS journalism & area certificate, Utah State University

EXPERIENCE
Owner, Flaks PR
• Earned coverage by media including The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, MSN, the Chicago Tribune
• Publicized Sony Pictures Television, a Silicon Valley company, an Instagram influencer, and the world’s leading advocate for a democratic, non-nuclear Iran, and have done content marketing for Microsoft
• Earned three podcast placements, including The Chris Voss Show, for Tyler Davis in a month-and-half
• Earned placement in Los Angeles Downtown News for LA restaurateurs Samer and Samir Akel
• Earned placement in a Bahrain publication for a restaurant owner consultant
• Earned placement of a draft article in Utah Stories, other publications for Whitney Duhaime
• Earned placement with multiple Salt Lake City media outlets for the first transgender candidate for mayor in Utah in Sophia Hawes-Tingey
• Successfully placed Anirban M.’s op-ed in the overseas national publication The Star
• Got three camera crews and a print media pickup to a groundbreaking from United For Better Living
• Earned podcast placements for author George Artem
• Earned placement in eShe Magazine for artist & publisher Svitlana Martynjuk
• Earned placement for entrepreneur Michael Galindo
• Wrote press releases for a boxing non-profit for youth, an initiative to help the still-innocent vote, and a man who opposed the nomination of Donald Trump as president at the 2016 GOP National Convention
• Reviewed Nashville singer Dannie Place’s work; exclusively reported an academic finding that the U.S. media’s legal standing my be on “shaky ground”; copywrote for a law firm that fights for consumers

Publicist/screenwriter/PA, theatrical film “Before Your Time”
• Earned coverage of the film in the Standard-Examiner, Davis Clipper
• Wrote climactic scene; the director liked another scene so much, he made it the film’s concluding scene

Communications & Development Associate, Project Vote Smart
• Spokesperson for national non-profit in article in Providence, R.I.’s GoLocalProv

Communications Specialist, Alliance for a Better Utah
• Wrote press releases, social media posts, briefings; designed memes; organized a press conference

Communications Intern, State of Utah Governor’s Office
• Wrote speeches for former Utah guv; fiscal cliff report used in meeting with former President Obama

Signature gatherer, Count My Vote
• Earned John Hancocks from residents in the most conservative city in America for caucus reform initiative

Congressional Intern, Utah 1st District
• Wrote dozens of constituent letters per week

Co-founder & managing editor, Aggie BluePrint
• Co-created first Utah State University student magazine, recruiting staff of two dozen

Contributor, Patch
• Wrote stories about how Rep. Mia Love didn’t appear to like town halls after the 2016 election; how Utah was at an impasse over its water strategy; how a coal-to-liquids facility could have been in rural Utah for more than a year; and about a wave of millennials in Utah involved in politics

Associate, City Launch PR
• Earned media in Daily Herald for Angela Ramirez, app executive; and Art Coombs, software executive

Editor, The Good Men Project
• Political pieces include Rep. Mia Love using campaign funds for Disney World; tactics by the Utah Gun Exchange in following March For Our Lives; what LDS Democrats think of now-senatorial candidate Mitt Romney; President Trump rejecting mainstream media in Utah after embracing it generally

Editorial Intern, The Inquisitr
• Original stories include Utah women being part of a Democratic candidate wave in Utah and the relationship of former President Barack Obama and the LDS church

Contributor, Screen Rant
• Wrote about Daniel Craig’s most well-rated films

Editor, Medium
• Original stories have included why the current Supreme Court term could be defined in history as theterm for LGBTQ issues, and I spoke with the ACLU about it; the Utah Jazz’s Kyle Korver talking to me about trade-deadline deals; John Paul Chaisson-Cardenas being targeted by Trump’s USDA; a couple being excommunicated by the LDS church after only using Mormon doctrine to argue the church has fallen; the “Westworld” co-creator, a Stanford neuroscientist and others speaking at a virtual-reality summit; a Pioneer Market in Utah selling CBD oil; and more
• “Top writer” in multiple topics on the publication, with more than a half-dozen articles having gone viral

Contributor, Thought Catalog
• Thought Catalog published a book where I am the sole author

Contributor, Bleacher Report
• My commentary that Utah quarterback Travis Wilson would not enable the Utes to compete for the Pac-12 title proved correct

Sports, features & business writer, Deseret News
• Wrote perhaps the first story about contemporary Utah Transit Authority issues
• Feature, commentary, report featured in USA TODAY, ESPN, Pew Forum, respectively

Writer, That Hashtag Show
• Broke that there would be flashback scenes in “The Book of Boba Fett”
• Broke that 5 actors from “The Mandalorian” would be in “The Book of Boba Fett”
• Broke the release of a “Power Rangers” live-action spin-off film

Staff Writer, Sanpete Messenger
• Did enterprising articles like asking if Sanpete County, Utah should stay in the Central Utah Water Conservancy District and bringing the county’s affordable housing crisis to the forefront; complied and told stories of those who had loved ones who died of COVID-19

Reporter, Rocket-Miner
• Sweetwater County School District No. 2 stories included district administration circulating a flier about closing a school, city building a facility for a company before each voted to do it; board dispute with the teacher association, teachers’ fear of retaliation from superintendent, the meeting between the board and administration begging legal questions on the board’s end; why city brands itself as it does
• City stories included the City of Green River having lined up a plant with a company before even voting on it; why the City of Green River’s liquor ordinance was less restrictive than state law, as they can’t do

Project manager & contributor, Utah Policy Daily
• Wrote stories on Mia Love-Jim Matheson race (first such report in media), perception of Sen. Mike Lee following his leading role in the federal gov’t shutdown, party caucuses, local gov’t races, more

Editorial intern, City Weekly
• Wrote feature about cultural divide in the Utah-BYU rivalry; featured “Bond” actor Alan Cumming

Utah State athletics correspondent, Standard-Examiner
• Approximately six dozen stories published; clean copy on tight deadlines

Contributor, Utah Stories
• A story looking into start of economic breakthrough informed a Sunday front-pager by Salt Lake Tribune
• General stories included feature on theatrical film being made from grassroots movement, the LDS church saying nothing on the congressional GOP’s efforts on tax reform (they said they would)

RECOGNITION: 13 Society of Professional Journalists or Religion Newswriters Association awards over 5 years of applying for them; SPJ judge; seen in KUTV, Black Star News, The Standard-Examiner, GoLocalProv, “Liberalis” magazine, on KSJD radio; followed on Twitter by an NBA player, a New York Times Illustrator, and a SHAPE/Women’s Health writer