My Resume

Versatile, innovative and highly reliable Multimedia Journalist offers over 20 years of diverse experience across newspaper, magazine, television/radio broadcast, and online journalism environments. Delivers solid portfolio of features and stories covering entertainment, sports, travel, and high-profile national events. Takes great pride in consistently innovating and pushing the boundaries of traditional journalism, converging various media to weave dynamic and engaging narratives. Energetic and affable visionary brings proven success creating, producing and hosting Canadian television. An incomparable networker that is able to successfully leverage personal relationships to connect with the newsmakers of the day.

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  • Experience  |  Current Roles

    Chase Producer

    CTV News Channel | Toronto, ON | 2016 - Present

    Exhibits 95% chasing success rate by playing a paramount role in finding, securing, and booking guests for CTV News Channel. A chase producer that is able to leverage an extensive personal resource base with a rich social media following to connect with intriguing guests and subject matter experts while operating in an extremely time-sensitive and deadline-driven environment.

    • Channels creative outlook and assertive orator capabilities when working with staff producers to significantly contribute to the news of the day production.
    • Offers penetrating ability to not only retrieve sensational news stories from around the world but to also deliver on guests (regardless of their geographic location) to supplement these stories and their coverage.
    • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of domestic and international events by retaining an active presence on all social media platforms and through a vigorous engagement with a well-developed professional network across the world.
    • Asserts professional reliability in securing guests, witnesses or expert speakers for the evening show by thinking outside the box to safeguard their accessibility at a particular time and location.
    • Conducts detailed pre-interviews with potential guests to ensure their expertise is delivered in a broadcast-friendly manner.
    • Adept to operating in a highly dynamic and demanding work environment, delivering across all key performance indicators while exhibiting a willingness to work outside office hours to ensure the best coverage.
    • Consistently secures visual assets from the guests to run as B-Roll during their segments, resulting in a co-operative relationship with the video and presentation department.
    • Exhibits professional confidence by pitching the most stories on a daily basis, delivering on all of them while cementing a reputation as the only chase producer that can find anyone.

    Chief Content Officer/Entertainment Editor

    Inside Pulse | New York, NY | 2004 - Present

    Approached by the site creator to take on a leadership role, both creatively and as a manager, with this independent entertainment website covering music, movies, television, sports, comics, gaming, and wrestling news.

    • Serves as the Entertainment Editor for the site, providing guidance to junior writers while personally contributing daily stories related to reality television and entertainment news.
    • Recruits talent from the top journalism schools in North America to develop content for the site, ensuring fresh and innovative stories while helping students build their portfolios.
    • Personally navigates high-profile red carpet events, including the finales of major reality television shows like The Voice and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as the Canadian television upfront presentations.
  • Experience  |  Broadcast Journalism

    Freelance Story Producer

    Canada AM | Toronto, ON | 2015-2016

    Contributed to this top-rated national morning news program by preparing end-to-end news, lifestyle, cooking, entertainment, and music stories. Produced segments by selecting appropriate VTR elements, writing intros and extras, and setting up each story within the daily iNEWS line-up.

    • Provided insight and ideas to daily story meetings, and effectively blending current events and news topics to develop unique pitches for stories that were ahead of the curve and that piqued national audience interests.
    • Built narratives from a combination of assigned topics and original ideas, effectively supported each segment with comprehensive research.
    • Leveraged an extensive network of contacts from coast-to-coast in Canada and the U.S. to chase prospective guests, and utilized strong relationships to secure high-demand guests.
    • Vetted guests prior to their on-air appearances and prepared suggested interview questions for the hosts to use. Additionally, crafted research packages to provide hosts with ample background information on said guests.
    • Delivered on demanding expectations when working under the pressure of tight deadlines, consistently locking in guests while balancing multiple competing priorities.
    • Nurtured and maintained relationships with guests, taking the time to follow up and remain in contact that paved the way for future booking opportunities.

    Host/Co-Creator/Creative Consultant

    Reality Obsessed | Toronto, ON | 2007-2011

    Fused passion for reality TV with sound television production prowess to co-create Reality Obsessed, a Gemini-award winning documentary series capturing my own successful foray in the realm of reality TV. The show aired for three seasons on both TVTropolis and the Global Reality Channel.

    • Translated concepts from popular reality shows into dynamic and engaging episodes for the show, using a bookended question and discover format
      to give viewers a glimpse into the “reality” of
      reality TV.
    • Drew on strong network of contacts to augment the show with guests from Big Brother, The Real World, So You Think You Can Dance and Project Runway.

    Reality Expert

    Global Reality Channel | Z103.5 FM | 570 News AM | Virgin Radio 99.9 FM | Toronto, ON | 2005-2011

    Retained by the above stations as the on-air Reality Expert, provided weekly insight, commentary and spoilers about the hottest reality shows, in both live and pre-taped segments. This exposure led to a stint on the Global Reality Channel as the Resident Reality Expert across the channel’s various media platforms.

    Freelance Producer

    Entertainment Tonight Canada  | Toronto, ON | 2006

    Joined ET Canada as an intern, working under the Supervising Producer and putting a Canadian spin on day-of stories before  being promoted to freelance segment producer.

    • Chased and produced story segments by booking guests, setting up locations & conducting
      pre-interviews with subjects.
    • Researched story context and prepared information briefs and questions for on-air talent, while contributing to the overall vision of the segments.
    • Selected sound bites for the segments and collaborated with an editor to cut footage and bring vision to the screen.

     

  • Experience  | Online/Multimedia Journalism

    Editor

    Weekendtrips.com  | Toronto, ON | November 2012-2014

    Initially applied for the role of copywriter in different branch of the company and was hired on as editor to galvanize a more editorial focus for this travel site. Sourced a team of local writers across the scope of coverage (Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Washington, and Toronto) to strengthen content authenticity.

    • Spearheaded idea generation for the site, keeping a pulse on happenings in each of the cities to develop story ideas and guide writers on capturing reader interest; mentors writers on SEO, photo editing, and writing standards.
    • Leveraged SEO metric data to optimize new articles and posting strategy; moreover, improved article formatting by incorporating video and pictures to reflect online audience viewing patterns.
    • Successfully achieved a balance between quantity and quality through superb workflow prioritization capabilities; additionally sourced content through a third-party curation partner to augment original pieces.
    • Researched and wrote long-form articles, applying both secondary and first-hand research to bring validity to the articles.

    Writer/Video Reporter

    TOROMagazine.com  | Toronto, ON | 2011-2012

    Leveraged multimedia prowess to produce entertainment-related stories with strong Canadian content for this online magazine, successfully delivering both video and feature writing pieces targeted towards the site’s 18-34 male demographic.

    • Harnessed strong interpersonal skills to secure interviews with the entertainment newsmakers of today, including former Bachelorette star Jillian Harris, 90210 actress Shenae Grimes, America’s Next Top Model Winner Lisa D’Amato, Hockey Night in Canada legends Don Cherry and Ron MacLean, and Criminal Minds actor Thomas Gibson.
    • Coordinated all of the logistics of interviews from selecting a location through to conducting research, drafting questions and conducting interviews. Conducted phone consultations with subjects, transcribing content to write high-impact and innovative pieces.

    Freelance Writer/ Entertainment Blogger

    Brought on board as a columnist and op-ed writer, producing 2-3 pieces per week on trends in television for TVGuide’s Reality TV and News section and CTV’s entertainment portal. Additionally, wrote pieces to build up interest in various new programs.

    Early professional experience includes positions as a writer for ScoopsWrestling.com and The Sports Network.

  • Experience  |  Print Journalism

    Freelance Writer

    National Post | Toronto, ON | 2008-2009

    Wrote weekly “What to Watch” column, providing National Post readers with commentary on diverse television offerings.

    Entertainment Reporter

    Toronto Sun | Toronto, ON | 2005

    Achieved unprecedented success as an Entertainment Reporter with this Toronto-based newspaper by scoring the front-page story on the first week of the job.

    Reporter/Managing Editor

    East Toronto Observer | Toronto, ON | 2004 - 2005

    Cultivated newsroom experience while working as a reporter for this Centennial College-run paper, writing consistent, front-page quality work on issues that matter to a local East Toronto audience.

Education

Honours Diploma in Journalism

Earned toP mark in the program

Centennial College    |    Toronto, ON    |   2006

 

Honours Bachelor of Arts in English & Political Science

University of Toronto   |    Toronto, ON    |   2003

Core Strengths

CHASE & SEGMENT PRODUCING

TELEVISION PACKAGE PREPARATION

INTERVIEWING

INVESTIGATIVE RESEARCHING

ON-CAMERA PRESENTATION

MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING

COPYEDITING & PROOFREADING

HTML/SEO

NEWS & FEATURE WRITING

ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING

PODCASTING

SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING

Awards & Honors

Reality Rocks

Special Achievement in Reality Reporting 2011

 

Centennial College

Alumnus of Distinction, 2008

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