Reporting from an obit-writing contest in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. through SPJ.

Download a condensed version of my résumé here. 


Collier​​ County​ ​Sheriff’s​ ​Office,​​ ​Naples,​​ FL​​ —​​​ Media​ ​Relations Specialist


Liaison​ ​to​ ​local​ ​and​ ​national​ ​reporters​ ​and​ ​news​ ​outlets.​ ​Responsible​ ​for fulfilling​ ​public​ ​records​ ​requests,​ ​writing​ ​press​ ​releases,​ ​shooting​ ​and editing​ ​photos​ ​and​ ​videos​ ​of​ ​agency​ ​events,​ ​and​ ​coordinating​ ​press conferences.

Naples​ ​Daily​ ​News,​ ​​Naples,​ ​FL​ ​—​ ​​Reporter

AUGUST​​​​ 2011​​ -​​ AUGUST​​​​ 2016

Most​ ​recently​ ​a​ ​features​ ​reporter.​ ​Covered​ ​crime​ ​for​ ​more​ ​than​ ​two​ ​years. Appeared​ ​on​ ​a​ ​morning​ ​news​ ​video​ ​five​ ​days​ ​a​ ​week.​ ​Previously​ ​covered city​ ​council​ ​and​ ​higher​ ​education.​ ​Updated​ ​the​ ​website,​ ​shot​ ​and​ ​produced video.

The​​ Vindicator,​​​ Youngstown,​​ OH​​​ ​—​​​ Reporter

AUGUST​ ​​ ​2010​ ​-​ ​MAY​ ​2011

Intern​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​covering​ ​two​ ​local​ ​school​ ​districts​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Ohio Department​ ​of​ ​Natural​ ​Resources.​ ​Produced​ ​upwards​ ​of​ ​five​ ​stories​ ​a​ ​week and​ ​covered​ ​cops​ ​on​ ​a​ ​weekly​ ​rotation.

The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH —​​​ Features and web intern


Features Intern, Summer 2010. Wrote three to four Q&As, in-depth features stories, and previews each week. Shot and edited video to compliment some stories.

Web Intern, Summer 2009. Approved comments on the site, recorded and edited video stories and wrote print counterparts, compiled photo galleries, updated weekly content, posted news stories.

Daily Kent Stater, Student Media at Kent State University, Kent, OH

Enterprise Reporter, Spring 2010. Wrote a 12-week history series about the university.

Newsroom Coordinator, Fall 2009. Managed a converged newsroom staff of 100 and oversaw the newspaper, TV station, radio station and website. Pushed multimedia and convergence and edited several projects weekly.

Web Editor Summer 2008-Spring 2009. Managed a staff of 15, edited multimedia, posted news stories, managed website daily and cross promoted content across the media.


The​​ Irish​ ​Writing​​ Program,​​ ​Dublin,​ ​Ireland​​ —​​​ Graduate​​ credits

JUNE​ ​2011​ ​-​ ​AUGUST​ ​​ ​2011

Took​ ​four​ ​courses​ ​in​ ​fiction​ ​writing​ ​during​ ​a​ ​study​ ​abroad​ ​program lasting​ ​six​ ​weeks.​ ​Program​ ​through​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Iowa.​ ​A-​ ​average.

Kent​​ State​​ University,​​​ Kent,​​ OH​​ —​​​ B.S.​​ in​​ Journalism

AUG​ ​2006​ ​-​ ​MAY​ ​2010

Minored​ ​in​ ​Creative​ ​Writing.​ ​Honors​ ​college.​ ​Dean’s​ ​List​ ​2006-2010.​ ​3.77 GPA

Mentor High School, Mentor, OH

Graduated summa cum laude in 2006.


Sanibel​ ​Island​ ​Writers​ ​Conference,​ ​​Sanibel​ ​Island,​ ​FL​ ​—​ ​​Attendee

NOV​ ​2017

Attended​ ​sessions​ ​on​ ​plot​ ​and​ ​structure,​ ​flash​ ​fiction,​ ​micro​ ​fiction, publishing,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​neuroscience​ ​behind​ ​believable​ ​characters.


Adobe Premier Elements, Final Cut Pro, Epic, College Publisher, ENPS, CCI NewsAccess, InDesign, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, NewsEditPro, InCopy, Ellington, Saxotech.


Naples​ ​Writers’​ ​Workshop​ ​​Founder​ ​and​ ​facilitator

Leads​ ​two​ ​groups​ ​of​ ​adult writers​ ​in​ ​weekly​ ​sessions sharing​ ​and​ ​critiquing​ ​novels and​ ​short​ ​stories.​ ​Founded​ ​in 2014.

Pet​ ​Partners​ ​​—​ ​​Volunteer​ ​pet handler

Certified​ ​since​ ​2015​ ​along​ ​with my​ ​pet​ ​cat,​ ​Nermal,​ ​through​ ​a national​ ​pet​ ​therapy​ ​community called​ ​Pet​ ​Partners.​ ​We​ ​make weekly​ ​visits​ ​to​ ​two​ ​nursing homes.



2017 Winner of the Florida Weekly fiction writing challenge

2014 Winner of SPJ Breaking News reporting for small papers

2013 Winner of the South Florida SPJ Chapter Obituary Writing Contest

2010 SPJ Third place for general news reporting

2010 Ohio Newspaper Association First Place for best newspaper website KentNewsNet.com

2009 Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honors Society

2009 SPJ Online News Reporting first place to KentWired.com staff for College Fest Riot Coverage

2009 Pacemaker for KentNewsNet.com

2009 John S. Knight Scholarship recipient

2009 Frances B. Murphey Scholarship recipient

References of Kristine M. Gill

Available upon request. 

The world’s best trophy.

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