National Politics Reporter

The Associated Press


2005 – Present 

  • Cover national and state politics, legal affairs and breaking news for The Associated Press, based in South Carolina.

  • Report on presidential candidates during election season, traveling the state and country, anchoring national AP political stories featuring candidates’ positions on the news of the day.

  • Use social media tools including Twitter and Facebook to promote AP content and provide roughly  50k followers with updates on running stories.


St. Mary's Episcopal School for Girls (K-12)
Memphis, Tennessee
Georgetown University
The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Washington, D.C.

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, International Politics, International Security Studies
Senior Class CommitteeJunior Class CommitteeGUSAThe Georgetown IndependentMSBTC, College Republicans, College Democrats
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UNC School of Media and Journalism
Chapel Hill, N.C.


Master of Arts, Digital Communication
After nearly 20 years as a working reporter, I returned to school (while I continued to work) in order to remain up to date on the latest skills required to be a journalist in today's digital world.  


Assistant Editor, online

National Journal
2002 – 2005 
  • Researched and wrote original content and edited existing copy for the online component of a nationally-renowned political magazine. 

  • Managed all political TV & radio ad coverage for NationalJournal.com.

  • Composed and edited 1-2 articles/day and one column per week covering the political ad beat.

  • Compiled and edited daily roundup of national, international and political news. 

  • Covered the 2004 Democratic and Republican conventions on-site for NJ’s Convention Daily publication.


The Washington Post


  • Created online content for wire copy

  • Assisted in making wire copy tighter for online content

  • Worked with editors to improve search queries for online news topics

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