Resume

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EXPERIENCE

NBCBayArea.com

Digital Producer, San Jose, CA – January 2016 to presentraquel_tough_8x10

Produce online-only video and write stories for website and social media. Cover breaking news and enterprise stories in the East Bay. Develop geographic beat and sources.

The Associated Press

Video Journalist, Los Angeles, CA – June 2010 to December 2015

Cover breaking news and enterprise stories across California and the West. Shoot and transmit live video with LiveU. Produce, shoot, write, voice, and edit packages in the field. Generate, pitch, and produce national feature story ideas. Work with beat reporters to translate wire stories into compelling video.

Reporter, Los Angeles, CA – May 2007 to present

Covered civil justice, breaking news and enterprise features. Edited stories and monitored news on evening desk shift.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Intern, Weekend Reporter,  Santa Rosa, CA – May 2006 to April 2007

Covered general assignments and breaking news. Followed clergy sexual abuse case, generated feature stories and wrote for the business desk. Summer internship continued through the Fall with weekend shifts.

KGO Radio News

Part-time Producer,  San Francisco, CA – Spring 2005 to Fall 2006

Assigned, edited and mixed stories, booked guests, prepped hosts and wrote scripts for news-talk station.

Youth Radio

Part-time Producer, Oakland, CA – Fall 2004 to Spring 2005

Edited, trained, and mentored teenage journalists. Worked closely with young producers to write and mix stories and commentaries. Produced features, weekly commentaries, and half-hour monthly show on KQED.

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Reporter, Concord, NH September 2002 to August 2004

Covered the presidential primary, religion and breaking news. Contributed to Statehouse coverage and investigative projects, supervised newscast production and participated in on-air Pledge Drive.

KQED Radio News

Contract Reporter, San Francisco, CA – May 2000 to May 2002

Covered the health beat, general assignments, features and breaking news for daily local segment and The California Report. Reported on the state’s energy crisis, environmental issues and medical research.

Freelance Reporter/Producer

May 2000 to April 2007

Radio: Filed freelance radio features for National Public Radio’s newsmagazines, On the Media, The World, Studio 360 and Marketplace. Filed time-sensitive news stories and newscast spots from the field.

TV: Filed short, non-narrated features for Current TV. Covered presidential elections in Bolivia for the documentary series Frontline/World. Produced half-hour news magazine which won a 2007 Student Emmy.

EDUCATION

University of California, Graduate School of Journalism – Berkeley, CA

M.J. in Journalism, 2007  Faith Fancher Memorial Scholarship – recipient

Barnard College of Columbia University – New York, NY

B.A. in Political Science

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, MEMBERSHIPS

Advanced Storytelling WorkshopNational Press Photographers Association, April 2014

National Association of Hispanic Journalists – Founding president, UC Berkeley student chapter

College Television Awards, Student Emmy – best newsmagazine, 2007

Metcalf Institute – Annual Science Immersion Workshop, University of Rhode Island, 2006

Science Literacy Workshop for public radio reporters – SoundVision Productions, March 2006

Investigative Reporters and EditorsBetter Watchdog Workshop, Sacramento, CA, 2005

AP Broadcast Awards, New Hampshire – Swept competition in most categories in 2003 and 2004

Casey Journalism Foundation – Regional Fellowship, Northeast, November 2002

Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources – 2002 Southern Cascadia Fellowship

Kaiser Family Foundation Media Health Reporting Internship – for minority journalists, KTVU-Ch. 2, Summer 2002

SKILLS

  • Fluent in spoken Spanish, basic Portuguese.
  • Detailed and nuanced application of AP Style, SEO and editorial voice.
  • Expert in shooting video on Panasonic, Sony and Canon DSLR and video cameras.
  • Advanced at non-linear editing on deadline with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Grass Valley Edius and Avid, live video transmission with live-streaming apps and LiveU.
  • Proficient in audio mixing (ProTools, Audition, Dalet), field recording and microphones.
  • Proficient in Excel, map mashups, CMS, basic HTML.

EXPERIENCE

The Associated Press – Contract Reporter, Newswoman

Los Angeles, CA May 2007 to present

Report features and breaking news during evening shift. Shot, edited and reported Warren Jeffs trial for OVN. Produced for APTN at Sundance Festival. Covered courthouse and celebrity justice beat on contract.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Intern, Weekend Reporter

Santa Rosa, CA May 2006 to April 2007

Covered general assignments and breaking news.Followed clergy sexual abuse case, generated feature stories and wrote for the business desk.Summer internship continued through the Fall with weekend shifts.

KGO Radio News – Part-time Producer

San Francisco, CA Spring 2005 to Fall 2006

Assigned, edited and mixed stories, booked guests, prepped hosts and wrote scripts for news-talk station.

New Hampshire Public Radio – Reporter

Concord, NH September 2002 to August 2004

Covered the presidential primary, religion and breaking news. Contributed to Statehouse coverage and investigative projects, supervised newscast production and participated in on-air Pledge Drive.

KQED Radio News – Contract Reporter

San Francisco, CA May 2000 to May 2002

Covered the health beat, general assignments, features and breaking news for daily local segment and The California Report.Reported on the state’s energy crisis, environmental issues and medical research.

Freelance Reporter/Producer

November 1999 to April 2007

Radio: Filed freelance radio features for National Public Radio’s newsmagazines, On the Media, The World, Studio 360 and Marketplace.Filed time-sensitive news stories and newscast spots from the field.

TV: Filed short, non-narrated features for Current TV. Covered presidential elections in Bolivia for the documentary series Frontline/World. Produced half-hour news magazine which won a 2007 Student Emmy.

National Public Radio – Production Assistant

Washington, DC October 1998 to May 1999

Booked, produced, and cut interviews on deadline for Weekend Edition Saturday.

EDUCATION

University of California, Graduate School of Journalism Berkeley, CA

M.J. in Journalism, 2007

Barnard College of Columbia UniversityNew York, NY

B.A. in Political Science, 1998


AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

National Association of Hispanic Journalists – Founding president, UC Berkeley student chapter

Kaiser Media Health Reporting Internship – for minority journalists, KTVU-Ch. 2, Summer 2002

AP Broadcast Awards, New Hampshire – Swept competition in most categories in 2003 and 2004

Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources– 2002 Southern Cascadia Fellowship

 

SKILLS

Fluent in spoken Spanish, basic Portuguese

Proficient in shooting video on Sony, Panasonic and Canon cameras, non-linear editing with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Avid

Expert in audio mixing (ProTools, Audition, Dalet), field recording (MiniDisc, Flash) and microphones, Soundslides

Proficient in Excel, map mashups, computer assisted reporting, online resources


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