Résumé

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who specializes in multimedia projects and has reported in-depth investigative articles regarding local, national and international topics including: terrorism; immigration; cross-border crime; political corruption, and social and demographic trends.

EXPERTISE

  • Taught journalism and digital media classes for university students, high school students and professional reporters in the United States, Paraguay and Bahamas and can teach reporting and story-telling classes across multiple platforms.
  • Fluent in speaking, reading and writing Spanish.
  • Proficient in using audio, video, text and still images to produce online content.
  • Proficient in using batch geocoding and KML files to create interactive online maps.
  • Proficient with data analysis using spreadsheet and database programs.

EXPERIENCE

Blogger for L.A. Now breaking-news blog and re-write reporter | Los Angeles Times

August 2009 to the present. Produce deadline content, including text reports and original news videos, during the afternoon-nighttime shift and use social-media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to disseminate the blog posts and interact with our online audience. Viewership has increased dramatically during my tenure. Also write stories for next-day publication in the newspaper.

Multimedia reporter, City/County Bureau | Los Angeles Times

April, 2008, to July 2009; reporter, California/Metro investigation teams, 1996 to 2008; general assignment reporter, Metro Desk, 1994-96; law enforcement/small business, City Times section, 1992-94.

Digital Journalism Instructor | Paraguay

September, 2009: Taught workshops and gave presentations to college students, newspaper reporters and television journalists in Paraguay about digital journalism, social media platforms and investigative reporting as part an international speaker program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Digital Consultant | Annenberg School for Communication

October, 2008, to December, 2008: Advised journalism graduate students on producing interactive content and developing web pages for their online masters theses. Also taught basics of shooting and editing video.

Guest Lecturer | University of Hawaii

Taught writing classes and investigative reporting workshops for journalism students and school newspaper staffs at the Manoa and Hilo campuses.

Adjunct Faculty Member | Annenberg School for Communication

Taught news writing and investigative reporting for five semesters.

Freelance Correspondent | Le Monde Diplomatique

Wrote articles on issues involving U.S. urban affairs for monthly French publication.

Staff writer | Oakland Tribune

Covered higher education, police and general assignment beats. Co-wrote a story after a devastating urban wildfire that led to a state law requiring rescue agencies to systematically coordinate resources at major disasters.

Commentator | KQED, San Francisco

“This Week in Northern California,” 1991-92, commentator for weekly TV news affair show on PBS station.

EDUCATION

Journalism B.A. with highest honors | University of Hawaii, Manoa

Summer Program for Minority Journalists | University of Calif., Berkeley

AWARDS

Breaking News | Pulitzer Prize

Wrote an article that was part of the package honored for coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

International Reporting | Overseas Press Club

Part of a team of Los Angeles Times journalists who wrote and reported articles on the rise of Islamic terrorist groups.

Best Feature Writing | National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Wrote fourth part of a 2004 four-part series on Latino immigrants who died in the first days of the Iraq War.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Analyzing data with Microsoft Excel and Access spreadsheets and databases.
  • Editing multimedia with Photoshop, Final Cut and Soundslides
  • Mapping geospatial content with Google maps
  • Shooting video using DVD and HD camcorders.

FELLOWSHIPS

Multimedia Workshop | Knight Digital Media Center, UC-Berkeley

IRE National Conference | Investigative Reporters and Editors

CAR Bootcamp | Missouri School of Journalism

PRESENTATIONS

Keynote Speaker, “Broken Borders: Covering Crime and Corruption on the U.S.-Mexico Line,” University of Hawaii Hilo, sponsored by the UH Board of Student Publications, Sept. 8, 2006.

Keynote Speaker, “Investigating International Gangs in the U.S. and Central America,” University of Hawaii Hilo, sponsored by Hawaii Community College and UH Board of Student Publications, Sept. 2, 2005.

Panelist, “Local Investigations,” Regional Better Watchdog Workshop, Cal-State Fullerton, sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors and Orange County Press Club, Feb. 7, 2004.

Panelist, “Following the Local Paper Trail,” Better Watchdog Workshop, University of Hawaii, sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists, Hawaii Chapter, Nov. 8, 2003.

Panelist, “Doing the Local Investigation,” Investigative Reporting Workshop, National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention, New York, sponsored by NAHJ and Investigative Reporters and Editors, June 25, 2003.

In Conversation with author/actor Cheech Marin, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, UCLA, April 27, 2003.

Keynote Speaker, “Mobility and Diversity in the Media: From Ka Leo to Los Angeles Times I-Team,” University of Hawaii Manoa, sponsored by UH School of Communications, Sept. 17, 2002.