Graduate Assistant - US Forest Service, Wayne National Forest
KBUT--FM: News Director: 2015-2018
Daily news and features reporter. Developed and managed Morning Edition host/reporter and university student-interns. Developed, produced, and engineered live on-air public forums. Developed and produced "modules." Active leader in on-air fundraising. Public MC.
KBUT--FM: Program Director / Chief Operator: 2008-2015
Oversaw and enforced FCC regulations, the program schedule, volunteer training, outreach, website, and social media, and membership drives. Created and curated long-form public affairs program and podcast The West Elk Word. I was also the Music Director from 2006-2009.
Star Mountain Sound: 2013 - present
Special event, MC, club, and wedding DJ business owner. Hire me. I still got it.
Ohio University: MFA Communication Media Arts: 2018 - Present / Multimedia Digital Storytelling
University of Iowa: - B.B.A Marketing: 2000-2005 / Minors in Religion, Sociology, and Native American Studies.
Digital Post-Production: Adobe Premiere post-production course: Media Arts & Studies. (Instructor of record)
Journalism Capstone: Valley Reality: 360-Degree Video Journalism production course (TA)
Media & The Community:: Community-engaged learning through video production: Media Arts & Studies. (Instructor of record)
Visual Storytelling: Essentials and introduction to artistic and aesthetic decisions in video production (TA).
Honors, Awards, and Competitive Grants
'First place award for 360-video / virtual reality project that 'opens' Hocking Hills State Park to people with mobility concerns.
US Forest Service
Graduate stipend to support multimedia storytelling for the Wayne National Forest.
Amount = $24,000 annually for 2.5 years
Service stipend. Granted as for service hours performed to the university. Since 2018, my hours have been leveraged as NPR's Weekend Edition announcer on Ohio University licensed public media station WOUB--FM.
Amount = $12,000
Grant to instruct MDIA 2800 Digital Post-Production, a tech-heavy approach to Adobe Premiere Pro techniques and workflow.
Amount = $1500
Grant to instruct a service-learning pedagogy in the course "MDIA 2702C: Media & The Community."
Amount = $800
Journalism Camp Instructor. Grant to instruct high school students in exploring 360-degree video storytelling for journalism.
Amount = $500
Pathfinders - producer - documentary
Peter Kotses for Treasurer - producer - political
pH 7 - producer - documentary
Narcan Simulation - ambisonic audio engineer - 360-degree / virtual reality video
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers - National Public Lands Day - producer - strategic communication / promo
Forest Plan Revision - producer - strategic communication / promo
Goldenseal's Struggle - producer - documentary
pH 7 - Athens Conservancy annual meeting, Raccoon Creek Partnership annual meeting
National Public Lands Day - Columbus Public Lands Film Festival
Peter Kotses for Treasurer - Paid target marketing to Democratic voters in Athens County through social media
Forest Plan Revision - Mass-marketing via social media
National Public Lands Day - Mass-marketging through social media
Narcan - National attention during visit from White House Senior Advisor for Public Affairs Anne Hazlett
Beyond the Baileys. Mountain Flyer feature: Expected publication summer 2020
Roller Derby is My Jam. Live Local Athens feature: October 15, 2019
Don't Let Big Coal Waste Public Resources. Crested Butte News, Gunnison Country Times op-ed: June 14, 2018
Ski Bum of the Week. Crested Butte News: Weekly column - winter 2017
West Elk Word. KBUT--FM: 30 minute long-form public affairs broadcast / podcast. 2011-2017
Daily News Features. KBUT--FM: 1:30 - 5:00 daily news repots 2011-2017.
I grew up in a log cabin an hour outside of Des Moines, Iowa, in a family that valued the outdoors, hunting & fishing, and wildlife conservation. I went to college in Iowa City where I got way into college radio at KRUI and mountain biking at the Sugar Bottom trails, which led me to chase a lifestyle rather than a job in a small town in the High Rockies of Colorado.
After a few years of cobbling work together as a Red Bull salesman, a bartender, and a pizza delivery guy, I began work at the local NPR station KBUT as their Music Director before eventually being promoted to Program Director. After 8 years in that role, I was named the station's News Director in 2015.
I'm proud to have reported on a range of topics from the rigorous wheels of government to general human interest stories. This school-of-hard-knocks education taught me how to build relationships and how to adapt to changing situations and environments while keeping the mission at the center of decisions. And, of course, how to do good radio journalism - which is best learned by doing not-so-good radio journalism and finding "teaching moments" in the mistakes made.
Several hundred powder days on the ski hill and a few knee surgeries later, an opportunity to study visual storytelling at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, presented itself just as I was starting to recognize my limits in occupational mobility. My girlfriend Mikahla and our two dogs (Axe and Bela - R.I.P.) now call Athens our home, and we dig it very much. She is studying Health Management Information Systems at nearby Hocking College, while I am studying documentary film and photojournalism in the MFA Communication Media program. I also get to teach undergraduate courses, and I find great challenge and joy in learning from the process of education.