Resume

Summary

A highly creative and meticulous illustrator, designer, data visualizer and interactive developer with extensive experience creating visual content for news media companies. Excels at generating visual ideas, researching and writing content and organizing information for presentation. Works well either independently or as part of a team and works on multiple assignments and always meet deadlines.

Core competencies

Conceptual illustration, digital/traditional media • Publication design and prepress production • Digital photo manipulation • Data visualization, print and online • Data mapping • Interactive web content and design

Professional experience

The Record • Woodland Park, NJ • 2000 to 2017

The state’s second largest newspaper and its website NorthJersey.com, serving primarily in Bergen and Passaic counties.
Daily circulation: 140,000.

Job description: Illustrator, print/web designer, data visualizer, interactive producer

Working independently or with reporters and editors to transform data and information into graphics, illustrations, charts or maps for print publication and online.

  • • Awarded best “Graphic/Illustration portfolio” for artistic and journalistic excellence five times by N.J. Press Association and N.J. Society of Professional Journalists.
  • • Created award-winning interactive presentation “The GWB files,” which generated over 31,000 unique page visits for NorthJersey.com. In 2014, the project was a finalist for the Digital Innovation Award presented by the N.Y. Deadline Club. It also received an Award of Merit from the Society of Silurians and an Award of Special Recognition from the N.J. Society of Professional Journalists.
  • • Created and maintained digital GIS map database of all 565 New Jersey municipalities, the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties to use as a starting point for mapping data and analysis. Database is accessed in-house about 10 times a week for various projects, saving hours of time creating basic maps.
  • • Part of the team that won best local news awards from the N.Y. Deadline Club and the Society of Silurians for 2016 breaking coverage of the train crash at the Hoboken Rail Station.
  • • Part of the team that created “In Heroin’s Grip,” the 2015 Rube Goldberg Award-winning online presentation that chronicled the link between inner city and suburban drug-use.

The Sacramento Bee• Sacramento, CA • 1993 to 2000

The state’s third largest newspaper, serving primarily in Sacramento and Placer counties.
Daily circulation: 279,000.

Job description: Illustrator, designer, data visualizer

  • • Created and implemented a visual style and usage guide for editorial content, resulting in stronger presentations and continuity through the publication.
  • • Developed weekly business magazine section to give area business coverage a higher profile vehicle. Was involved from concept to implementation and design on a weekly basis.
  • • Designed special section for 1994 Olympic games.
  • • Covered 50th anniversary of WW II with a series of graphics, including two-page spread on the D-Day invasion.

Technical

  • Advanced proficiency:
    Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Excel, Word, Access, Power Point
  • Proficiency:
    LightWave 3D, Blender 3D, ArcView GIS, QGIS, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, SQL, D3
  • Fluent:
    HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, JQuery, Python, Django, WordPress, Joomla, XML and PHP

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in the Studio Arts
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Diploma for Graphics/Illustration program
    Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Arts, Dover, NJ
  • Fellowship from Knight Digital Media Center
    University of California, Berkeley

Interests

Avid runner, cyclist and fitness instructor
  • • Have completed three full marathons, seven half-marathons and two triathlons
  • • Biked across the state of Iowa in 2010 with 15,000 of my closest friends during the annual RAGBRAI cycling event. Annually log close to 1,000 miles on my bike because it is so freaking fun.
  • • Certified Spinning® instructor, Certified P90X instructor and AFAA certified group fitness instructor, teaching several group fitness classes a week at the Old Bridge YMCA
  • Giving back
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