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    Web Editor, 2010 - present
  • East Valley Tribune
    2001 - 2009
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Web News Editor @ Burlington Free Press. Social media & iPhone pro, breaking news hound. Arizona State grad, from Milford, Conn.
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Web Editor since 2010 for the Burlington Free Press, a Gannett newspaper and Vermont's largest. Have helped grow BFP online traffic and social media audiences substantially since my arrival in July, 2010. Referrals from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and other domains have climbed significantly since joining the company.

Former Website Editor (2001-2009) at the East Valley Tribune - a paper which used to be the second-largest daily in the Phoenix metro area. I am a Broadcasting graduate of the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University, and grew up in Milford, Connecticut.

Recipient of a 2012 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Online Deadline Reporting, and 2012 Associated Press Media Editors Digital Storytelling and Reporting Award with the Burlington Free Press. My contributions to the award-winning work included shooting iPhone-generated photos and video, reporting breaking news and delivering social media updates from the scene of an Occupy Burlington shooting. 

Significant experience working with online news, social media, SEO, mobile technologies and web analytics.
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Good things seem to happen in the newsrooms I work at, including increases in website visits and page views by the millions. Also highly successful in growing social media brand audiences, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.
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CCTA bus drivers approve contract 53-6
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Union business agent Tony St. Hilaire said bus service would resume Friday.

Surveillance system coming to Burlington City Hall
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Mayor Miro Weinberger has given approval for the city to install a seven-camera system at a cost of about $6,000. The cameras would likely h

CCTA considers hiring temporary drivers to bring back service
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Chittenden County Transportation Authority's Board of Commissioners held a special Monday morning meeting in Winooski where they passed a re

LIVE UPDATE: UVM vs. Union in NCAA hockey tournament
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The University of Vermont and Union College are underway in their NCAA East Regional hockey game at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.

Thousands enrolled in Health Connect, but some Vermonters still stuck in...
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With the enrollment deadline looming for individuals and families to buy health insurance on the state's online marketplace, a state officia

Vermont fights drug crimes with treatment, not jail
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A fewVermont communities already divert many accused of drug-related crimes and report soaring success, with at least 80 percent of particip

Two feet of snow reported in some Vermont towns
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Two feet of snow fell in some Vermont towns since yesterday, leaving a messy commute Thursday morning with blowing snow and falling temperat

Vermont snowfall photos on Instagram
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Check out the Instagram photos Vermonters have taken of the recent snowstorm. You can follow the Burlington Free Press on Instagram at Insta

Ralph Nader criticizes Bernie Sanders: 'We thought we knew ye!'
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Ralph Nader is mad at Bernie Sanders. Sanders won't return his calls, won't combine forces with other progressives, and as a result, isn't g

Vermont Town Meeting Day updates on social media
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Follow the latest social media updates on Vermont Town Meeting Day results from Burlington Free Press journalists.

'It's just a blast:' Mardi Gras festivities defy the cold
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Hundreds take to the streets of Burlington for annual celebration sponsored by Magic Hat.

Vermont's Alex Deibold wins bronze in snowboard cross
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Alex Deibold was wearing an American flag as a shawl Tuesday. Later, he would have a bronze medal draped upon his shoulders.

Snow arrives, and predicted accumulations increase for northern Vermont
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Snow is falling in northern Vermont, and the storm is expected to keep going strong until midday Friday — when it will have dumped perhaps m

UVM employees voice concern over possible cuts in benefits
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Employee benefit reductions are on the table at the University of Vermont, and while no specific cuts have been proposed, the very idea is e

FreePressMedia centers open at Burlington International Airport
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Two FreePressMedia Centers at Burlington International Airport are ready for travelers to charge their electronic devices, surf the web, or

Driving treacherous throughout Vermont as snowstorm swirls
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Snow throughout Vermont has coated roads and made travel treacherous Wednesday as more than 4 inches has covered much of Chittenden County a

Meet the new Burlington Free Press space
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For the first time in more than 180 years, the Burlington Free Press is moving. Monday morning, the editors, ad reps, reporters and managers

Police investigating suspicious death incident in Essex
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Essex police are investigating a suspicious-death incident at a residence on Carmichael Street reported Wednesday afternoon. It was unclear