Decades as a top journalist covering Washington, the nation and the world — now helping to launch the next generation of journalists
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y., Director of Career Services, February 2015-Present
Oversee comprehensive professional-development program for students and recent alumni and build relationships with industry employers while raising the profile of this innovative teaching institution helping pave the way for the future of journalism.
Freelance Writer and Consultant, 2012-2015
Articles: National Geographic, Smithsonian, TakePart, Washington Post, Columbia Magazine, Daily Beast
Teaching: American University, Adjunct Instructor, “Writing for Communication,” Fall 2014
Mentoring: International Center for Journalists, Iraq Program; UPI Next, Pakistan Project
Al Jazeera America, New York N.Y., April 2013 to April 2014
- Senior Executive Producer, Newsgathering (September 2013-April 2014) Chief digital-TV integration executive tasked with overseeing editorial voice, text and video of AJAM programs, news and investigations online. Oversaw desk responsible for digital bureaus and freelance news assignments. Created editorial training program and mentored junior staff.
- Senior Executive Producer, Digital News (April 2013-September 2013) First digital hire for new television network. Responsible for setting editorial direction for AJAM’s website and other digital platforms. Hired editorial staff, determined editorial style and standards, consulted on design of content management system and mobile apps, trained news producers and editors and helped lead the launch team for August 2013 debut.
The Huffington Post, Washington, D.C. Senior National Correspondent, 2011 to 2012
General assignment writer and editor, with recent focus on homeland security. Stories include domestic use of drones and Mitt Romney’s record on homeland security in Massachusetts. Co-authored first investigative story on the National Women’s History Museum, prompting demand for reform from its major sponsor, Meryl Streep.
AOL News, Washington, D.C. Senior Washington Correspondent and Contributor to Politics Daily, 2009 to 2011
Bureau chief providing guidance on content selection while writing daily stories. Coverage included congressional election, tea party movement, health care reform, domestic terrorism, Massey mine disaster, military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Elena Kagan Supreme Court nomination, 2010 Census.
USA TODAY, McLean, Va. 1985 to 2009
- National Correspondent, News, 2006 to 2009. Breaking news and enterprise for usatoday.com and newspaper. Go-to writer for website and cover stories. Subjects included North Dakota oil boom, gay marriage, natural disasters, Virginia Tech shooting, combat trauma in women veterans and children of wounded soldiers, the last World War I veteran. Reporter for USA TODAY/ABC News 50 States/50 Days project.
- Congressional and Political Correspondent, News, 2002 to 2006. Legislation and politics on Capitol Hill. Before, during and after reported on dozens of Senate, House and governor races from Connecticut to Alaska and covered 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns. Traveling press with vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman in 2000 and Mitt Romney in 2008.
- Senior Pentagon Correspondent, News, 1997 to 2002. Reported from Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2002 and in Albania during 1999 Kosovo War. Traveled globally with Defense Secretaries William Cohen and Donald Rumsfeld. Covered missile defense, cyber warfare, recruiting, military justice and integration of women.
- Foreign Correspondent, News, 1993 to 2009. Roving reporter. Reported from Middle East dozen+ times, including war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestinian territories. Covered Yasser Arafat’s 2004 funeral and 2005 Palestinian presidential election. Embedded with Israeli troops during 2005 settler withdrawal from Gaza. In 2003, reported from U.S. Central Command headquarters in Doha, Qatar, and in Mosul, Iraq on killing of Saddam Hussein’s sons. Traveled with Condoleezza Rice to Europe and Middle East on 2005 debut trip as secretary of State and during Lebanese crisis of 2006. Covered Panama Canal handover in 1999. Coverage of 50th anniversary of D-Day in France nominated for Pulitzer Prize.
- National Correspondent, News, 1989 to 1996. Traveled to 47 states as versatile general assignment enterprise reporter. Stories included Atlanta Olympics bombing, TWA 800 crash, first World Trade Center terrorist attack, Hurricane Hugo, serial killers, the crack epidemic, the battle to admit women into military academies, historical revisionism, race relations and the tale of a 4-year-old Tibetan lama from Seattle. As lead home front reporter, co-authored Desert Warriors: Men and Women Who Won the Persian Gulf War (Pocketbooks, 1991).
- Retail Beat and General Assignment Reporter, Money, 1985 to 1989. Covered the retail industry and wrote business features and executive profiles.
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
- Chosen for 100 Great Stories by Columbia Journalism Graduates
- Nominated for feature writing Pulitzer Prize for D-Day 50th anniversary series.
- Co-author, Desert Warriors: Men and Women Who Won the Persian Gulf War.
- Adjunct Instructor in Journalism, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
MEDIA APPEARANCES AND PRESENTATIONS
Television: HuffPost Live, Al Jazeera English Inside Story, CNN This Week at War, MSNBC, C-SPAN Washington Journal, RT Russian Television, Close-Up at the Newseum, USA TODAY LIVE
Radio: NPR’s All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, To the Point, The Connection and On Point; BBC; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; National Press Club Radio, Washington Post Radio, WTOP Washington, regional commercial talk shows. Regular panelist on WBUR Boston’s Here and Now, Sept. 2001 to Feb. 2005.
Presentations: Dozens of speeches and panel discussions. Topics include media transformation in the digital age, covering war as a woman journalist, the Iraq War and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Invited participant at media conferences in Norway and Serbia.
Journalism & Women Symposium, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Program Chair 2013 Conference. 2006-Present
The News Literacy Project, Fellow, 2009-Present
National Press Club, Washington, D.C., Speakers Committee, Mentors Program, International Correspondents Buddy, 2001-Present
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Mentors Program
M.S., Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism
B.A. (English), City University of New York (Herbert H. Lehman College
USA TODAY, Video Training; Centurion Risk Assessment Services, Hostile Environments Training; Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, Seminar on Covering the U.S. Military; Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Election Coverage; Wilmington Writers Workshop