Freelance Writer, Editor, and Fact-Checker
August 2009 – present Seattle, WA
-Clients include National Geographic Kids Books, Science News for Students,
National Geographic magazine, and Science News
Associate Editor, Science News
July 2008 – June 2009 Washington, D.C.
-Edited and published daily news stories for SN website
-Assisted in selection and publication of images for SN website
-Proofread all magazine pages before publication
-Compiled, wrote, and edited content for magazine’s Notebook page
-Edited and published all Science News for Students articles
-Selected and published all SNK images
Senior Editorial Researcher, National Geographic magazine
August 2003 – July 2008 Washington, D.C.
-Researched features and departments for accuracy, balance, and style
-Provided edits and rewrites
-Compiled and wrote companion online content
Researcher, National Geographic Geography Competitions
March 2002 – August 2003 Washington, D.C.
-Researched the accuracy and fairness of National Geographic Bee and National Geographic World Championship questions
-Conceived and wrote editorial content for national and international competitions
Administrative Associate, National Geographic Society
August 2000 – February 2002 Washington, D.C.
-Conceived, researched, and wrote editorial content for NG Kids magazine
-Proofread NG Kids pages before publication
-Proofread National Geographic magazine manuscripts in Quark Publishing System
- BS Magazine Journalism, Minor Anthropology, 2000
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- Introduction to Ecology, Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Freshwater Ecosystems, 2006 – 2007
USDA/Audubon Naturalist Society Continuing Education Program, Chevy Chase, MD
- Introduction to Biology, 2008
Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA
2014 Children’s Choice Fifth/Sixth Grade Book of the Year Award, for National Geographic Kids Myths Busted!
2008 Society of Environmental Journalists Award for Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Print
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Northwest Science Writers Association, National Association of Science Writers