Resume & Portfolio

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to tell stories. That, along with a love of reading and writing, managed to turn me into a journalist. I graduated from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism in 2008 and have been writing and editing every since.

I’m an ardent fan of the Oxford comma. I spell check my own Gchats. I’m not a fan of cutesy mispellings. Wanna know more? Check out my LinkedIn resume for my full work history.

Below you’ll find my portfolio. I’ve written about various topics, including band profiles, columns, album reviews, features, and news stories.




I currently work at Rotary International headquarters, where I write news and feature stories for our newsletters and I write about Rotary club projects around the world and general organization news.

Partners build community center and health clinic in impoverished Mexico neighborhood
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives

Rise of the female Honduran entrepreneur
A lesson in the power of clean water
Literacy project forges virtual friendships for young students
Alaskan Rotarians see membership hike while uniting to build park
The Rotary Foundation receives Guatemala’s highest honor
2012-13 Annual Report: Profile of Jorge Aufranc



I’ve written a few columns for the Red Eye, the Chicago Tribune’s daily pop culture and entertainment paper.

A loan shouldn’t be a life sentence
‘Latino’ is only part of the story
Nope… still no zombie attack



When I moved back to Chicago in the summer of 2010, I started working as a freelance writer and copy editor for Cafe Magazine, a local arts, entertainment, and culture publication for Latinos. I continued working as a freelancer until the magazine folded at the end of the year.

Feature on digital cumbia movement in Latin America (Pages 1, 2, and 3)



While living in Austin after college, I dabbled in various forms of freelance. I wrote several album reviews for Austin Sound. My coverage included local and national bands; a list of my reviews can be found here.



Venus Zine was a quarterly magazine based in Chicago that covered women in music, film, art, entertainment, literature, fashion, and DIY. I worked as an intern there during the spring of 2008 and continued on as a freelancer until the magazine folded in December 2010. In its last year, I worked as an Austin-based correspondent and co-wrote a city guide about Austin and covered SXSW 2010. Since the web site is no more, a lot of my articles went with it, but I have a few saved in .jpg form.

Scene and Unheard: Monterrey, Mexico
Album review: Terry Tales and Fallen Gates EP by The Little Ones



UR Chicago Magazine was a local monthly magazine that focused on arts & entertainment, including nightlife, music, theater, art, film, dining, and fashion. As an intern, I got to do several pieces, including album reviews and band profiles.

Reverb: Cold War Kids
Reverb: Fiery Furnaces
Local business profile: Half Acre Brewery
Design: The Spertus Institute


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