My business cards say I am the Ohio news editor, but my reach has crossed state lines and international waters. I have led a company-wide effort to boost revenue, helped educate and train more than 100 staffers on all things social and digital and pushed my team and the rest of the region to tell stories differently.
None of that was easy; I had to breakthrough a culture that was well-established and not always welcoming to outsiders. I had to immediately gain credibility with this staff, hone and build my leadership skills to strengthen my base. All of that happened quickly, allowing me to push staffers into a new direction. There also was a great degree of difficulty because many correspondents and reporters were comfortable writing stories for the wire, but they had no interest in using Twitter, Facebook or making promotional cards.
I have had to lead conference and video calls, develop training material and be available to answer even the smallest questions.
I am a digital leader helping the Associated Press navigate through foreign territory.
race and ethnicity
Black athletes have long history of not sticking to sports
African-American athletes have used their sports platforms for more than 100 years to impact social and political change. As part of AP’s coverage plans for Black History Month, we took multiplatform look at how many have and continue to engage in activism, from Jack Johnson, to Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick.
We began looking into this matter after it became clear that football and race had collided. Pre-game protests were dividing fans along color lines and making Sunday afternoons among the most segregated hours in the country.
Some fans wanted these athletes to stick to sports, but history told us that has never been the case. We took a look at this refusal to "shut up and play" through every era -- from Jim Crow to civil rights and, finally, the Black Lives Matter movement.
Segregation lingers in US schools 60 years after Little Rock
(Sept. 24, 2017)
Three years after “separate but equal” was declared unconstitutional in America’s public schools, nine black teenagers had to be escorted by federal troops through an angry white mob before they could finally attend Central High School. Sixty years ago, the Little Rock Nine became a symbol of heroism in the throes of racial progress, but their bravery made many whites dig their heels in further to maintain segregated schools. While legal segregation has ended, today the milestone is a reminder of how few of the country’s white and minority children are learning alongside each other.
America still in turmoil a year after Kaepernick’s protest
(Aug. 20, 2017)
What started as a protest against police brutality mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The once-rising star and Super Bowl quarterback had been unemployed since March 2017, when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent who could sign with any team. Few NFL clubs had openly discussed the idea of signing him, but the embattled quarterback had yet to receive a contract offer with training camps well underway. On the opposing end of a wide range of opinions, some fans said Kaepernick shouldn’t have sat or kneeled during the national anthem, while others argued the quarterback’s lack of a job is more about his talent. Just weeks away from the regular season, he became a symbol of the clash of celebrity, sports and social issues as more people _including players, fans, politicians, team owners and pundits _ invoke his name to debate thorny issues of patriotism and race.
(July 25, 2017)
A judge in Cincinnati on Monday dismissed the charges against a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop, after a county prosecutor declined to pursue a third murder trial in the case...
(June 10, 2017)
Police officers are on trial in Ohio and Minnesota for fatal shootings of black motorists during traffic stops.
In both cases, prosecutors say the officers didn’t need to respond with deadly force. The officers both have testified they felt threatened...
(June 22, 2017)
In the three years since fatal police shootings of unarmed black people launched the Black Lives Matter movement, few officers have been charged and none has been convicted by juries in the highest-profile deaths that inspired protests across the country...
(Jun. 18, 2017)
Over and over, Otto Warmbier apologized and begged — at first calmly, then choking up and finally in tears — to be reunited with his family. North Korean officials seated at long tables watched impassively, with cameras rolling and journalists taking notes, as the adventuresome, accomplished 21-year-old college student from suburban Cincinnati talked animatedly about the “severe crime” that had put him there: trying to take a propaganda banner for someone back home, supposedly in return for a used car and to impress a semi-secret society he wanted to join, and all under the supposed direction of the U.S. government.
US student freed by North Korea in a coma dies at age 22
(Jun. 20, 2017)
Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after almost a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, his family said. The 22-year-old “has completed his journey home,” relatives said in a statement. They did not cite a specific cause of death.
Student detained in N Korea is mourned at hometown funeral
(Jun. 22, 2017)
Celebrating the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma, a packed crowd of mourners gathered Thursday as Otto Warmbier’s loved ones shared stories about his affinity for hugs, thrift-store clothes-shopping and little-known rap music...
Terrorism suspected in car-and-knife attack at Ohio State
(Nov. 29, 2016)
A Somali-born Ohio State University student plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus and then got out and began stabbing people with a butcher knife Monday before he was shot to death by a police officer. Police said they were investigating whether it was a terrorist attack. Eleven people were hurt, one critically...
(Nov. 28, 2016)
Officials on Monday praised an Ohio State University police officer who shot and killed a man a minute after he drove his car into a crowd and then stabbed multiple people...
A Somali-born student who carried out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University stewed over the treatment of Muslims while apparently staying under the radar of federal law enforcement, underscoring the difficulty authorities face in identifying and stopping lone wolves bent on violence.
In 2017, top managers in The Associated Press tapped me to help lead a pilot program with Twitter Amplify, which monetizes native video on Twitter.com.
After coordinating with Twitter, members from AP’s business side and our social media director, we launched in April 2017. This was challenging in practice because AP did not have a large amount of video on reserve.
We started working with staffers in the west region, slowly making our way to the south, central and east regions. Four months later, Amplify has been rolled out to AP’s four regional Twitter accounts, sports, business and health and science and, most recently, Europe.