My Experience

SENIOR PRODUCER — TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

CNN’s Larry King Live – Washington, D.C. — January 2000 to present

Senior Producer – December 2007 to present

  • Oversee political and other domestic and international news coverage for CNN’s top rated program, reaching nearly 8 million viewers daily, including notable interviews with U.S. President Barack Obama, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
  • As co-founder and editor of the “Larry King Live” website, devise strategy and oversee online content with up to 1.2 million monthly page views.  Author of “Politics is King” online column.
  • As a member of the internal ratings committee, focus on maintaining appeal for the show’s core audience while specifically targeting key demographics through audience data and research.
  • Helped grow Facebook and Twitter audiences to over 85k and 1.6 million followers, respectively, and coordinate with Public Relations and Marketing teams to increase brand awareness.

 

Producer – May 2003 to December 2007

  • Enterprised and secured exclusive interviews using domestic and international contacts while directing technical editors in creating and producing video and graphic elements
  • Developed and executed long-term projects such as 3-hour Hurricane Katrina relief special
  • Booked exclusive interviews with Rev. Billy Graham, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Terri and Bindi Irwin following the death of Steve Irwin.

Previous Positions: Associate Producer, Research, Production Assistant – January 2000 to May 2003

  • Field produced stories from New York City following September 11 attacks and from Kuwait and Qatar during the 2003 U.S.-led war in Iraq
  • Used traditional and innovative research techniques for show bookings and generated story ideas

WABU-TV (now WBPX-TV) — Boston, Mass. —  September 1997 to May 1998

Staff Associate

  • Wrote and edited copy for anchor news cut-ins
  • Researched and prepared topics for weekly medical show, “Doctors On Call”

WBMG-TV (now WIAT-TV) — Birmingham, Ala. —  June 1996 to August 1996

Production Assistant

  • Floor directed and operated studio camera and teleprompter for daily newscast at CBS affiliate
  • Field produced anchor packages and assisted producers in newsgathering, most notable local coverage of 1996 Olympic Games

 

SKILLS/AWARDS

  • Computer Skills: Proficient in WordPress, Final Cut, Social Networking Tools, Adobe Photoshop
  • Extensive travel: Field produced from 24 states and 6 foreign countries
  • Awards: 2008 Peabody Award Contributor for U.S. Presidential Campaign coverage, 2005 Peabody Award Contributor for Hurricane Katrina Coverage and Aftermath, 2003 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Interview Program with former TX first Lady Nellie Connally on the JFK assassination, 2002 New York Film Festival Award for September 11 coverage

EDUCATION

AKE GROUP, Surviving Hostile Regions Course – Hereford, U.K. — February 2003

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, College of Communications – Boston, Mass.– 1996-2000

  • Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism; with a minor in history; Awarded Dean Scholarship for academic achievements.

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