Traveler, cruiser, creative thinker with Protestant work ethic, who's been covering cruise and general travel for five years. Skills have been honed in writing, editing, Web design, Photoshop and html. Student of promo writing and social media spaces. Slightly obsessive about creating a bridge between writer-editor and reader.
+ Writing News & Features + Blogging + Editing
+ Cruise Industry Expert + Social Media (Facebook) + Photoshop
+ Project Management + Social Media Optimization + SEO/Google Analytics
+ Interactive Features + NY Times Style Guide
*www.CruiseCritic.com / Trip Advisor Media Group
News Editor, March 2006 - Present
Multi-faceted gig encompassing daily writing (news, features & ship reviews), production (cruise e-letter, on-site promotion, photo editing) and management of Cruise Critic's Facebook fan page. Also regularly engaged in Web design (interactive features) and product development (Cruise Critic's slideshows format). Stories have appeared on MSNBC.com, Smarter Travel, ABCnews.com and AOL, among others. Have provided expert cruise insight to numerous publications, including CNN, NYTimes, Budget Travel and Travel ¬+ Leisure.
*www.IndependentTraveler.com/Trip Advisor Media Group
Contributing Editor, January 2008 - Present
Assignments include writing stories and travel guides for the site, and contributing to its blog, "Have Tips, Will Travel."
Outside of Cruise Critic, stories published in Cruise Business Review and Thomas Cook Magazine, among others.
SATW's 2010 Lowell Thomas Award - Silver for Special Packages - Oasis of the Seas Launch Party
Designed splash page and managed our editorial coverage in November 2009 of Oasis of the Seas, perhaps the most anticipated new cruise ship ever built. Coverage included live blog, one-hour video ship tour, slideshows, news and an "Ask Oasis!" FAQ with requisite googly eyed ship character.
*Interactive Features of Note
24 Hours on the World's Largest Cruise Ship
An interactive feature offering something to do every hour for 24 hours on the 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas. Designed feature, managed project and provided half of the reporting and photos.
Worked with sister site Travel Pod to develop a cruise version of the popular Traveler IQ map game.
Colgate University, Hamilton NY
Graduated in May 2005 with a B.A. in English, *** Laude
Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society