Journalist and higher education administrator with extensive experience operating under deadline conditions and directing a marketing and news operation at a state university in Los Angeles. Member of the university President’s Leadership Team and interfaces with reporters in the second-largest media market in the nation. Trained as an investigative journalist and was part of a team of Los Angeles Times reporters that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. Produced in-depth investigative articles focusing on local, national and international topics including: terrorism, immigration, cross-border crime, political corruption, and social and demographic trends.
Manager who directs communications and marketing employees and oversees budgetary, hiring and contractual issues. Investigative journalist with extensive experience on in-depth projects. Taught journalism and digital media classes for university students, high school students and professional reporters in the United States, Latin America, Caribbean, and Middle East, and can teach reporting and storytelling classes across multiple platforms. Fluent in speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Proficient in using audio, video, text and still images to produce digital content. Proficient with data analysis using spreadsheet and database programs.
Directs the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the 15 employees who design web pages and produce a magazine, news articles, photos, videos, graphic designs, bookstore apparel and athletics uniforms. Started as director for communications and public affairs, the promoted to executive director and associate vice president in July 2019. Oversees the production of visual and text content for key web pages, including the homepage, as well as news releases, internal and external campus publications and social media content on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Oversees hiring, procurement and budgetary issues for the office. Serves as the university media spokesman, providing interviews and planning news conferences. Works with the president and senior administrators on the President’s Cabinet to develop policies and procedures and collaborates with government and private-sector partners on strategic initiatives.
Reporter on California/Metro investigation teams, 1996 to 2014; general assignment reporter on the Metro Desk, 1994 to1996; law enforcement and small business reporter for the City Times section, 1992 to1994. Part of a team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal in Public Service for exposing government corruption in the city of Bell. Wrote other government investigative pieces, resulting in the conviction of a powerful Los Angeles councilman and resignations of three city fire chiefs. Also helped report and write investigative pieces on crime and corruption along the U.S-Mexico border and how widespread deportations of convicted felons transformed a L.A-based street gang into a transnational criminal network.
Taught workshops and delivered presentations to college students, newspaper reporters and television journalists in Latin America, the Caribbean and Middle East as part of a distinguished speaker program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Topics included digital journalism, social media and investigative reporting.
Advised journalism graduate students on producing interactive content and developing web pages for their online master’s theses. Taught basics of shooting and editing video.
Taught weeklong writing classes and investigative reporting workshops for journalism students and school newspaper staffs at the Manoa and Hilo campuses.
Taught news writing and investigative reporting for five semesters.
Wrote articles on issues involving U.S. urban affairs for monthly French publication.
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 during major disasters.
“This Week in Northern California,” commentator for weekly TV news affair show on PBS station.