Resume

SIGNIFICANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Part of winning team for multiple awards for the Sun Herald’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, including:
    • A Pulitzer Prize gold medal for Public Service given to the paper.
    • A finalist for the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting for the Sun Herald’s A-1 story on Aug. 30, co-written with Margaret Baker, Anita Lee, Mike Keller and Josh Norman.
    • Second place in the National Headliner Awards’ spot news category for the same story.
    • First place in the NHA’s online coverage category for the Sun Herald’s and Knight-Ridder Digital’s Web presence.
    • First place in the Sigma Delta Chi’s awards for Public Service in Online Journalism.
    • First place in regional Green Eyeshade Award for Online General News Reporting.
    • Best Special Feature in an Internet Service – News or Event, under 1 million in the EPpys
  • Named the 2004 Employee of the Year award at The Sun Herald for work during Hurricane Ivan, including reporting from the Harrison County Emergency Operations Center and the field and maintaining the paper’s innovative crisis blog (EyeOnIvan.blogspot.com) which was recognized nationally.
  • Named the Employee of the Quarter award at The Sun Herald for the last quarter of 2000 for extensive computer programming work as the paper changed pagination systems in addition to regular reporting duties.
  • Winner of several awards in the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, most recently in 2004 for Best Sports News Story for a story co-written with Margaret Baker (first article in portfolio file above) and third place in best game story. Also:2002 — First place, best game story.

    2001 — Second place, best sports column; Third place, best sports feature.

    2000 — Second place, best sports feature.

  • While in the Navy as an Officer of the Deck/Ship’s Duty Officer qualified in submarines, made countless command-level decisions involving ship driving, maintenance supervision and safety, and issues involving personnel problems and utilization.
  • Received two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Awards for leadership in preparation for major inspections and in demanding operations at sea. Led work centers consisting of up to 20 people in aspects involving maintenance of electronic and mechanical systems, training, and scheduling and multiple work centers as Acting Navigator.

CAREER HISTORY

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College — 2015-present
    Sports information and media specialist at the college in Perkinston, Miss., responsible for getting the word out about our 10 athletic teams, as well as helping our coaches and administration improve all aspects of our programs. Other communications responsibilities at the school, working in the Department of Institutional Advancement.
  • The Sun Herald — 1998-2015
    Sports writer, three seasons as beat writer assigned to Mississippi Sea Wolves (minor league hockey), three assigned to New Orleans Saints and another covering Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Military reporter, six months in 2003 covering the military and issues affecting it. Business/news reporter, one year following Hurricane Katrina. Assistant city editor/interactive, two years. Currently a senior page designer/copy editor.
  • The Mississippi Press — 1996-1998
    Sports writer, including design and desk shifts.
  • The Sun Herald — 1996
    Stringer in sports department and paper’s first assistant Webmaster for online site.
  • United States Navy — 1989-1995
    Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate; Graduate, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Pipeline; Division Officer and Acting Department Head, USS Grayling.
  • Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) — 1987-1988
    Completed three work semesters at the Michoud facility while participating in the Cooperative Education Program at Mississippi State University.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelors of Science, Aerospace Engineering — Mississippi State University — 1990
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Qualified as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Operator — Completed demanding one-year schooling required to operate a nuclear reactor for the US Navy; Extensive training in physics, mathematics, and systems operations
  • Qualified in Submarines — Completed demanding qualification process involving extensive system and tactical knowledge and evaluation of performance under pressure