Work Experience

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New York, N.Y.-based freelance writer and editor

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Associate Editor, Power and Motoryacht, monthly boating enthusiast magazine, New York, N.Y. March 2010 — March 2012

    • Managed the online presence via Twitter, Facebook, and blogs and contributed to the Web site redesign
    • Pitched and wrote articles on the megayacht industry including two monthly columns
    • Rebuilt PMY’s megayacht coverage after a lapse in reporting
    • Planned and assigned stories for three issues per year as well as one feature per month
    • Maintained the lists of the World’s 100 largest yachts as well as the 100 largest American-owned yachts
    • Developed contacts and relationships with owners, brokers and builders related to the industry
    • Managed two contributing editors including assigning articles and monitoring deadlines

Executive Assistant to the Publisher, Details, Condé Nast men’s fashion magazine, New York, N.Y. May 2008 — March 2010

    • Assisted the Creative Services department on large and ongoing projects
    • Managed the calendars, meeting and travel of the Publisher, Associate Publisher, and Advertising Director
    • Provided administrative support to senior staff

Freelance Magazine Assignments, New York, N.Y.

    • Factchecker, Food + Wine
      • May 2008 — The Go List
      • Best of the Best, Vol. 11 Cookbook
    • Marketing Assistant, Vogue,
    • Writer, Power and Motoryacht
      • August 2007 — 100 Largest Yachts: Catering the Absinthe
      • March 2007 — Great Escapes: Yacht Haven Grande

Assistant Editor, Global Journalist, international quarterly magazine covering press rights, Columbia, Mo., January 2006 — May 2006

    • Wrote briefs about press violations in South America to include in the World Watch section
    • Pitched and developed a story on Germany’s ban on Mein Kampf
    • Managed writers and photographers to write and shoot the stories
    • Edited feature stories for grammar and structure

Home Intern, All You, Time, Inc. monthly women’s magazine, New York, N.Y., June 2005 – August 2005

    • Researched lighting feature stories for home department
    • Tracked props for and worked on food photo shoots
    • Pitched and wrote briefs for the home opener page and found art

Internship, MotorBoating Magazine, Time, Inc. monthly special interest magazine, Norwalk, Conn., June 2004 – August 2004

      • Compiled information on boats manufactured in 2005 for a Buyer’s Guide 
      • Wrote Ensign, the back of the book section featuring past issues
      • Fact-checked and researched feature articles including a Boat Show Preview


New York School of Interior Design, Introduction to Interior Design Spring 2012

University of Missouri- Columbia

Bachelor of Journalism (magazine sequence) May 2006

Secondary Major: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Awards & Skills

Boating Writers International Writing Contest: Third place, Megayachts Profile

Web Design: Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, Drupal

Copyediting: Knowledge of AP and Chicago Style

Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Entourage, and  Computer-Assisted Reporting: Access, Excel, ArcView

Adobe Creative Suite: Proficient in InDesign and Photoshop, knowledge of InCopy, K4 and Bridge

German Language, eight years, earned equivalent of a German Minor

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