“Etc.” because this is a less formal rundown of my employment history than a traditional resume. I think what follows here paints a better picture of not only my skills and experiences but also of my professional growth and personal background. If you’d like, I’m happy to email you a copy of my traditional resume as well.
Freelance Journalist. Nov. 2016 – Present.
I cover environmental issues, politics, and outdoor recreation. I’ve published longform narrative pieces as well as breaking news, but I love to write pretty much anything. Freelancing has really helped me become a complete reporter, sharpening my research, fact-checking, reporting, and story developing skills. I’ve also contributed photos for my stories, and I’ve gotten pretty good with my Pentax DSLR (knowing Photoshop and Lightroom helps).
I became a journalist to tell people about the natural world. Along with my writing desk, it’s where I feel most at home. Writers like John McPhee, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Bill McKibben have convinced me that good journalism is the key to saving the landscapes I love—to say nothing of the ecosystems we all depend on. This is perhaps an unconventional addition to a resume, but it’s crucial to how I approach my work as a writer and reporter.
Bylines: Connecticut Woodlands, Outdoor Sports Guide
Home Equity Analyst. Feb. 2015 – Nov. 2016.
I used to help people refinance their home equity loans at Bank of America. Considering that I spent most of those twenty-two months daydreaming about a journalism career, my time as an analyst was pretty well-spent.
My typical day involved calling the 30 or so clients in my portfolio to investigate their incomes, credit histories, financial documents, property records, and other information. There was a fair amount of data analysis involved as well, but the real crux of the job was obtaining and verifying information from generally tight-lipped sources.
That, plus daily cold calls to various high-ranking people who’d never heard of me before, was a pretty good primer for an aspiring investigative journalist, in my opinion.
Legal Assistant. Jan. 2014 – Feb. 2015.
This was my first job out of college and the final nail in the coffin for my vague law school aspirations. (“There’s no money in writing,” said everybody.) But it was a worthwhile and fascinating experience. I’ll never forget the hushed chaos that overcame the courtroom the moment my boss discovered a previously unseen 300-year-old nautical chart that shattered our clients’ damage claim. Admiralty law is pretty wild. Don’t worry, the defendants still settled.
Legislative Research Intern. Nov. 2010 – May 2011
My college internship was at the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. I was brought on to assist our director with a project to create a local currency for residents of New London, CT, to encourage sustainable shopping in a “local living economy.” It remains one of the coolest sustainable business ideas I’ve ever heard, though it never fully materialized.
I spent the rest of the time tracking bills in the Connecticut General Assembly, learning about procedures and how to read legalese. That eventually came in very handy.
Eastern Connecticut State University, Class of 2013
I earned my B.A. in Political Science, which narrowly won out over English and Professor Rosenberg’s wonderful writing classes. I’m still fascinated by the work of Gary Jacobson, E. E. Schattschneider, and Mancur Olson, Jr., who may or may not be relevant anymore.
I was a four-year member of our school’s NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse team. Beat Keene State. I played goalie, which is the most meditative activity I will likely ever do.