At the heart of my work lies a passion for telling stories of community, stories of discovery and stories that make clear confusing issues. What sets my storytelling apart is that I don't play favorites with platform: I can tell the story in multiple ways, and make a study of audience to determine what platform I will ultimately use.
I'm a prolific writer for web, long-form and social media. I can also shoot and edit photos, video and produce audio features I record, mix and edit myself. Below, please find selected samples.
Non-narrated audio storytelling (pitching, facilitating, recording, editing, mixing, writing):
Ginnie Peters and Trent Andrews share how they found support in one another after farmer suicide hit close to home (recorded for StoryCorps in Perry, Iowa)
Tracia and Patrick Kraemer giggle over finding love at a nudist park (recorded for StoryCorps in New Orleans, Louisiana)
Elizabeth Vega and Jamell Spann remember the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo that captured their meeting during protests in Ferguson, Missouri (recorded for StoryCorps in St. Louis, Missouri)
Russ Dixon and Walter Dixon recall what it was like to be reported dead as a Korean War POW — and what happens when you return home alive (recorded for StoryCorps in Waynesville, Missouri)
Mickey Willenbring shares how sheep farming helped her overcome PTSD from her time in Iraq and connected her with her Native American roots (recorded for StoryCorps in Eugene, Oregon)
Adam Roseman and Rick Rosenthal share how a Jewish man from Georgia became Santa Claus (recorded for StoryCorps in Atlanta, Georgia)
Field recording, editing, mixing:
Interview + editing:
Talk show segment conceptualization, booking, pre-interviewing:
In the past two years, I've booked and prepared over 200 talk show segments. Here are some of my favorites.
What you saw, what you heard: St. Louis on the Air's Solar Eclipse Special (2-hour live special I was the lead producer of)
In one year alone, for St. Louis on the Air, I wrote over 400 web stories and Facebook posts, crafted over 3,500 tweets with over 3.5 million impressions and posted over 100 Instagram photos and stories. Here's a sampling of some of my favorites.
Books N Bros’ 11-year-old founder wants to help boys love reading at an age when they often don’t (later picked up from reddit by Mashable, Huffington Post, CNN, NBC, and more, causing the interview to go viral | also produced)
Continuing coverage of the grand jury decision, Ferguson and area business (weeks-long live blog)
The Original Startup Scene (Missouri Life)
The Burger Kings (Missouri Life)
Facebook Live for St. Louis Public Radio
Facebook Live for NPR
Produced video series for Center of Creative Arts
In My Shoes 365
Part of a social media campaign I conceptualized, wrote and produced to fund-the-need of 120 pairs of dance shoes for underserved students. Through this campaign, COCA raised $5000+ in 24 hours.