March 2014 – Present
Managing Editor, Los Angeles Register
As Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Register and affiliated weeklies and monthlies, I co-manage a staff of 40 reporters and editors. Among other things, I run the morning news meetings and book the local news sections every day.
November 2012 - March 2014
Community Engagement Manager, Orange County Register
As Community Engagement Manager, I ran a team of community engagement editors, and was a community engagement editor myself, working with writers and in the community to create a reader-driven report for our newspapers.
March 2004 - January 2012
Editor and Executive Producer seattlepi.com
In March 2009 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper closed and seattlepi.com became the first major metropolitan daily newspaper to go online only. I managed that transition, creating seattlepi.com's new coverage plan, and creating new workflows and responsibilities for staff. As editor of seattlepi.com I oversaw the daily editorial product and managed a staff of 20, among other things.
I joined the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as an investigative reporter in March 2004, and became Assistant Managing Editor in charge of seattlepi.com in October, 2005.
October 2001 - March 2004
University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication
I was editor of Online Journalism Review -- one of the first publications to cover trends in online journalism -- from June 2003 - March 2004. I was founding editor of Japan Media Review, which tracked online publishing and social media breakthroughs in trendsetting Japan. I also taught online and print journalism, and helped update the school's journalism curriculum.
July 2000 - May 2001
Vice President, Business Development, PersonalReader.com
January - June 2000
Content/project manager, HomePage.com, an idealab! company
1990 - 1999
Reporter, Orange County Register
Covered health and medicine from 1992-1998. I was a lead reporter on the yearlong Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of a California fertility clinic, where doctors took eggs and embryos from patients and gave them to other patients without consent.
1985 - 1990
2013: Taught Global Media Systems for Cal State Fullerton’s communications program.
2012: Taught “Digital Content” for the University of Washington, and was one of the lead authors for the Digital Publishing Certificate Program curriculum.
2001-2004: Taught online and print journalism at the University of Southern California.
Online News Association judge, 2009-2011. Society for Newspaper Design SNDies judge, 2006/2007. Board member of SPJ's Western Washington Chapter, 2005/2006. Planned and launched a nine-week professional education series that continues to be offered today. Created and ran a sold out Seattle online news conference.
1996: Pulitzer Prize, Investigative Reporting; George Polk Award for medical reporting; Roy W. Howard award for public service; Investigative Reporters and Editors gold medal, Sigma Delta Chi award and National Headliners award for investigative reporting. 2006: Best of the West, project reporting, 2nd Place.
B.A. in Communications, University of New Orleans. Previously enrolled in USC's Master of Professional Writing Program.