Freelance writer and photographer

  • Writing, editing and photography services for a range of clients, including the Waterloo Region District School Board, the City of Waterloo, Communitech, and others
  • Small business owner who shuffles deadlines and works a range of unconventional hours, meeting clients and setting budgets


June 2012 - August 2016

Reporter/ Photographer, The Waterloo Chronicle 

  • News reporter responsible for covering city and regional council, elections at all three levels of government, local events and breaking news as it happens
  • Winner of the 2013 Stephen Shaw Award for Reporter of the Year by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association, along with nearly a dozen other industry awards
  • Research and pitch story ideas, conduct interviews, write and edit stories every week, photography and layout using Quark and InDesign
  • Tight deadlines in a weekly publishing environment: circulation of 31,200


August 2010 - June 2012

Reporter/ Photographer, The Woolwich Observer

  • One of two reporters responsible for original reporting on a wide range of topics, from news and politics to sports
  • Second overall for feature writing at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards in 2012
  • Research and pitch story ideas, conduct interviews, write and edit the entire paper, as well as my own photography for stories
  • Tight deadlines in weekly publishing environment: circulation of 14,800

Jan. 2010
Internship, Maclean’s magazine

  • One-month internship at Canada’s only weekly national current affairs magazine as part of my degree in journalism
  • Participated in editorial meetings, conducted research, fact checked other stories, and wrote extensively for the web
  • Gained familiarity with magazine publishing environment and the often hectic publishing lifecycle of a weekly national magazine

Sept. to Dec. 2009
Volunteer, The London Free Press

  • Shifts at the London Free Press newspaper as part of my MA journalism program at the University of Western Ontario


2009 — 2010         

Master of Arts in Journalism
University of Western Ontario - London, Ontario

  • Journalism law & ethics
  • Newspaper writing & reporting
  • Broadcast writing & reporting
  • Research 101
  • Long-form feature writing
  • Online journalism
  • History of journalism and media theory
  • Design
  • Copy editing
  • Environmental journalism


2004 — 2008

Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree
The University of Guelph
 - Guelph, Ontario

  • History Major (emphasis on Canadian history)
  • Geography Minor (emphasis on environmental resource management) 
  • My thesis examined the relationship between Viking activity in the northern Scottish islands and subsequent environmental degradation

My Book Shelf

I am a big believer that your book shelf speaks volumes about who you are as a person, and what your outlook on life is. So, in no particular order, here is a list of books I've recently read.