I just graduated with a communications degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I am in my senior year and plan to graduate in April 2015. My degree has an emphasis in journalism, and I have been a reporter, metro editor, campus editor, and now editor-in-chief for The Universe.
My articles for The Universe have been published online, as well as six in the weekly print edition. Three of my stories were on the front page of the newspaper. I covered the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and other on-campus news. One of my stories was featured on the LDS Living homepage on March 7, 2013.
I wrote daily newsblogs as an editorial intern for The American Spectator in the Washington, D.C., area. I also published 4 longform stories on the Middle East, including one about the flight of Iraqi Christians and the development of an Iraqi immigrant community in the U.S.
I interned for the LDS Church News and Deseret News, including an interview with Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve from the LDS Church.
I have obtained minors in both Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. I spent Fall 2012 on the Arabic Intensive Language Learning Study Abroad, where I studied Arabic and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Jordan, Israel, and Palestine.
I have also worked at BYU as a research assistant, helping with research for Dr. Dan Dewey, Dr. Jennifer Bown, and Dr. Kirk Belnap on the efficacy and issues on study abroad programs in Jordan, Egypt, and Russia. My work as a research assistant has required me to work independently be quite self-motivated. I have also done a great deal of editing and proof-reading work, as well as contributing some of my own writing for academic papers slated for publication. My largest project was to divide a master’s thesis in half and rewrite portions of it for publication in a research journal.
I worked as an editor for The Universe, where I oversee student reporters covering local politics, crime and events.