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Community Relations Coordinator/Webmaster

Experienced Communications Professional

St. Louis, MO

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Veteran broadcast and mass communicator with more than 18 years of television news, public relations and community engagement experience. Exceptional interpersonal skills, adept at changing directions quickly and prioritizing tasks. In addition, I have proven leadership abilities, strong verbal and communication skills in a variety of mediums including social media and am adept at building strong relationships that foster productive work environments. I also have extensive experience using various Graphic Design softwares, multimedia platforms, digital photography as well as videography and editing experience. This varied skill set is helpful when trying to determine the best ways to communicate with specific audiences.

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Community Relations Coordinator/Webmaster

Northwest R-I School District
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July 2013 to Present

Veteran news and media relations professional with more than 17 years of television news, production and media relations experience. 
 
Community Relations Coordinator/Webmaster 
Northwest R-I School District 
July 2013 - Present 
Northwest R-I School District is a PreK-12 school district located in northwest Jefferson 
County, Missouri. In this newly created role, I implemented communication efforts 
utilizing social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter. I write and photograph 
images and video for all 10 schools, as well as train school district administrators on the appropriate use of social media. I regularly write content and speeches for district 
administrators and key community members for a variety of school and public events. In 
addition, I take photos for the school district's social media channels, district website, 
internal and external communications and biannual newsletter. Writing, designing and coordinating publicity and press releases for various district and community-wide events 
is a daily job responsibility. Working with several schools, departments and school and community leaders to implement communication plans on different levels is an ongoing 
process. Scriptwriting, speech writing and media training for key leaders in our schools and community is another task that I fulfill on a regular basis as well as prepping them 
for internal video shoots that I shoot, write and edit myself. These tasks are made easier 
due to the solid working relationships I've built with key business and community 
stakeholders that has in turn, resulted in dozens of donations worth thousands of dollars to our schools and departments. It's also resulted in increased awareness and visibility 
for our schools and community. In addition, I spearheaded the Jefferson County Rogue 
Communication Group that leads professional development for superintendents and other school personnel in Jefferson, Franklin and Washington counties. Every other 
month, I present on a variety of topics to help neighboring school districts navigate 
highly effective communication when they may not have someone designed to do it. In 
addition, I've brought notoriety to Northwest Schools by not only securing the Fox 2 Pep 
Zone for 4 years to come to the high school and feature students, but also promote it on social media to help secure 3 back-to-back wins for our students and school district. As 
a part of this effort, I also planned, collaborated and helped execute the installation of an outdoor camera at our high school that lives streams on our website and is available for media to use during their newscasts. 
I've also executed and lead a team of 14 on a complete new design of the school 
district's website, notification system and app. That website received an Award of Merit 
recognition at the 2017 Fall Missouri School Public Relations Association's conference.

Writer/Assignment Editor

KMOV-TV
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February 2011 to July 2013

KMOV TV is the CBS affiliate in St Louis, Missouri. During my employment, I generated 
story ideas, researched tips coming into newsroom and kept reporters, photographers, 
producers and management aware of any developing situations. On a daily basis, I 
directed several field crews to ensure news of the day was being covered. I utilized 
several social media outlets to gather information quickly.

Regional Producer

FOX NEWS/Network News Service
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April 2006 to September 2010

Network News Service was a national television video service that was provided to participating stations across the country. It partnered ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates with 
other participating stations across the country to provide quality content and video to subscribers. While there, I wrote stories for national distribution, communicated with 
television stations throughout the Midwest and monitored news wires, websites and various social media sites for breaking news.

Assignment Editor

WDJT-TV
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Milwaukee, WI
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April 2004 to April 2006

My responsibilities included 
writing and distributing information to news crews and producers, generated story ideas and monitored police and fire scanners. I also communicated with a variety of sources 
on stories and contributed to the station's website.

Assignment Editor

WIFR-TV
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March 2003 to April 2004

WIFR TV is the CBS affiliate in Rockford, Illinois. During my time there, I established 
credible sources within the community, monitored police and fire scanners and coordinated satellite feeds. I also wrote and distributed information to crews, producers and managers. On a daily basis, I contributed stories to the website and supervised 
newsroom interns.

Education

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication

University of Missouri
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Columbia, MO

2016 to Present

Certificate of Specialization Page Layout and Graphic Design

St. Louis Community College

December 2014

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

Drake University

1998 to 2002

Skills

After Effects (Less than 1 year), Excel (Less than 1 year), Groupwise (Less than 1 year), ILLUSTRATION (Less than 1 year), Illustrator (Less than 1 year)

Additional Information

Computer Skills 
Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Sisfin, Novell Groupwise, Google, 
Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, iMovie, 
Quark.