I work as the Digital Strategist for Hangar 30, helping Pentagon clients develop and execute digital marketing campaigns to achieve strategic objectives. I specialize in public relations, digital strategy, social media, multimedia journalism, computer animation and video production.
I’ve developed campaigns for the Air Force, Special Forces Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency and National Defense University. I also manage the suicide intervention outreach strategy for the Air National Guard, and I work with a team of creatives to equip health professionals at ANG Wings with resources needed to help Airmen suffering from depression and other mental illnesses.
My video work has won 8 gold and platinum awards, and has appeared in the Huffington Post, Wired Science, Al Jazeera English, the Air Force Times, Ray Kurzweil’s blog, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Facebook page and Joe Rogan’s podcast.
I started out in news journalism at the University of Kansas, working as the business and government reporter for the University Daily Kansan. There I covered everything from student loan debt to the 2008 KU National Championship. I also wrote the front-page story for President Barack Obama’s first presidential election.
I had the amazing opportunity to intern with Al Jazeera English after its bureau chief for the Americas visited KU, and I was able to interview William Stebbins for my school newspaper. My primary responsibilities at Al Jazeera English were to prepare interview questions for the network’s anchors and reporters, develop concepts for information graphics and edit b-roll footage to align with on-air transcripts. Toward the end of my internship, the network’s staff let me use its camera equipment to film 8 hours of footage for a documentary I later produced (and I consider very sub-par in quality compared to what I’ve been doing 5 years later).
I am highly proficient in both video editing and motion graphic computer animation, as well as writing, storyboarding, interviewing and reporting. I have worked in video editing for 10 years, and motion graphic computer animation for five years. I’ve produced videos for the Air Force, Special Forces, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology and the National Defense University. My work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Wired Science, Al Jazeera English, ABC Sports, Ray Kurzweil’s blog, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Facebook page and Joe Rogan’s podcast.
As I was earning my journalism degree, I double majored in Strategic Communication. I specialized in public relations and social media, and I actually served as the Social Media Director of a six-person marketing team that won “Best Overall Campaign” of my 2009 class. I’ve applied my strategic communication skills to nearly every aspect of my career – from writing to video production to media relations to social media strategy – to literally every area of life that involves communicating information to a target audience.
I have worked in nearly every area of digital marketing, including social media, email marketing, viral video marketing, online advertising, Facebook marketing, graphic design, web design, mobile app development, SMS campaigns and full-scale integrated digital marketing campaigns. I am constantly working to learn new technologies and new capabilities to expand my knowledge and maximize my ability to contribute to (or at least know) nearly aspect of a marketing strategy.
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