Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA — July 2006 to present
• Editor-in-Chief: October 2012 to present: In the publication’s top editorial role, I oversee all of Creative Loafing’s editorial content for print and digital and am in charge of editorial strategies to build audience and expand the award-winning publication’s reach and reputation. I perform high-level project management, coach employees, write, and edit. I manage a 10-person newsroom; collaborate with Creative Loafing’s publisher and other departments; and oversee the departmental budget. In 2013, I established Creative Loafing’s Do Good program, a series of grassroots partnerships with local nonprofits to help raise money for neighborhood-based projects. In 2014, I conceived of and oversaw the development of Creative Loafing’s Atlanta City Guide, which included creating new desktop and mobile sites, as well as an additional annual print publication.
• Senior Editor: August to October 2012: As senior editor, I was in charge of the content and direction of the publication’s cultural coverage in print and online, with an increased emphasis on writing longform stories, columns, and features.
• Culture Editor: January 2008 to August 2012: As culture editor, I was responsible for shepherding the arts and culture vision and content for both print and online; managing and contributing to two blogs; devising and implementing strategies that grow pageviews; conceptualizing and producing 3-5 special issues a year; writing feature stories and reviews; editing and writing cover stories; and planning and executing arts contests, including the annual fiction contest and party, as well as a filmmaking contest and party in collaboration with the Atlanta Film Festival. I managed a staff of four as well as a roster of freelancers.
• Interim Co-Editor: February 2011 to October 2011: In conjunction with a co-worker, I managed a 14-person newsroom; oversaw the departmental budget; guided the cover story budget and edited cover stories; acted as a liaison between editorial and the publisher and other departments, among other duties.
• Editorial Leadership Team Member: November 2008 to January 2010: As part of a four-person editorial leadership team while Creative Loafing Atlanta was without an editor-in-chief for 13 months, I was responsible for facilitating interdepartmental communication; championing editorial and fighting for resources; helping initiate and conceptualize print and online redesigns; and positioning the company for a successful emergence from bankruptcy.
• Events Editor: July 2006 to January 2008: As the events editor, I was responsible for managing, writing and editing the publication’s expansive event listings; editing and writing a weekly series of 10-11 briefs highlighting the week’s best events; managing the internship program; maintaining relationships with local arts organizations; and writing regular features.
Athens Banner-Herald, Athens, GA — July 2005 to July 2006
• Special Sections Editor: I developed, assigned, wrote, and edited stories for special projects intended to help build revenue at this daily newspaper.
Lycée/Collège Laure Gatet, Périgueux, France — September 2004 to April 2005
• English Teaching Assistant: I independently prepared and taught English classes for French middle and high school students.
• I’ve contributed to a number of publications, including TheGuardian.com, Esquire.com, and Art Papers, among others, on topics ranging from the arts to travel to food and drink.
Flagpole, Athens, GA — 2003 to 2004
• Contributing writer: I was the primary visual arts writer and critic for this alternative newsweekly. I also contributed occasional news-related features and photography.
Fodor’s Travel — The Carolinas and Georgia
• I was the author/fact checker of the updates to the Atlanta chapter of the 2013 print and online editions of this popular travel guide series.
Wallpaper* City Guide: Atlanta
• I am the author of this highly curated insider’s guide to Atlanta, published August 2012, focusing on the city’s artistic, cultural, design and architectural highlights.
Atlanta Art Now – Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape
• I was the content editor for this critical investigation of contemporary art in Atlanta published November 2011.
HONORS & AWARDS
1st place, Association of Alternative Newsmedia for Staff Blog, all circulations: clfreshloaf.com (2015)
2nd place, Association of Alternative Newsmedia for Column (CL editorial board), above 45,000 circulation (2015)
3rd place, Association of Alternative Newsmedia for Column – political (CL editorial board), above 45,000 circulation (2015)
2nd place, Association of Food Journalists for Best Newspaper Special Food Project: “2014 Food Issue: Legacy” (2015)
1st place, Association of Alternative Newsmedia for Special Section: “The Future of Nonviolence” with guest editor Congressman John Lewis (2014)
1st place, Association of Alternative Newsmedia for Staff Blog, all circulations: clfreshloaf.com (2014)
3rd place, Association of Food Journalists for Best Food Multimedia Presentation: “100 Dishes” (2014)
A.B.J. Magazine Journalism Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass
A.B. French Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
University of Georgia Graduated Magna Cum Laude and with honors from the UGA Honors Program Recipient of a number of scholarships, including the HOPE Scholarship, Julia Askew Stephens Journalism Scholarship and the Lewis Grizzard Journalism Scholarship