Résumé

Kellie Mejdrich // kellie.mejdrich@gmail.com

EXPERIENCE:

• Orange County Register, Apprentice Reporter January 2013—Present (Santa Ana, Calif.)

Promoted from trainee reporter. Covers South Orange County focusing on the city of Aliso Viejo for the community weekly. Topics range from environmental issues such as pollution in the Aliso Creek to the lurking nightmare of rampant leaking underground storage tank cleanup sites countywide to appealing public records act denials from a secretive city government. Current investigations into the power of the community’s HOA as well as a state program to clean up leaking underground storage tanks.

Arizona Public Media, Intern Reporter August 2012—Present (Tucson, Ariz.)

Working as a reporter part-time for the local NPR affiliate. Covering a range of topics from the university beat to government issues. Currently working on a government enterprise piece about one local municipality’s overdue jail bill with the county. Investigating the relationship between county jails and local jurisdictions on a statewide level.

Arizona Republic, Pulliam Fellow June 2012—August 2012 (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Worked as a downtown metro/general assignment reporter for 10 weeks as part of Gannett’s Pulliam Fellowship program. Covered a range of issues from daily news to long-form, enterprise pieces. Broke the story that Arizona has the third highest rate of unidentified human remains in the country, which was picked up by local news outlets including NPR-affiliate. Some stories picked up by Gannett’s larger arm, USA today.

Arizona-Sonora News Service, Don Bolles Fellow January 2012—May 2012 (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Produced in-depth investigative pieces on legislative issues, focusing on what matters most to rural Arizonans and the education community. Wire stories were picked up by outlets across the state including Casa Grande, Nogales, Green Valley and Tucson. Investigative enterprise first broke how 475 inmates collected $1.1 million in unemployment insurance while incarcerated between 2010-2012.

New York Times Phoenix Bureau, Southern Arizona Intern August 2011-December 2011 (Tucson, Ariz.)

Wrote weekly news memos for Phoenix bureau reporter Marc Lacey, covering the Southern Arizona news beat, including the Sierra Vista and Nogales communities. Pitched story ideas to Lacey and editor Nancy Sharkey. Worked on-call covering any breaking news. Contributed to front-page article on the Occupy movement.

Tucson Weekly, Intern August 2011—January 2012 (Tucson, Ariz.)

Covered local events and wrote several investigative long-form features. Detailed food insecurity issues and rising diabetes problems in Southern Arizona, focusing on food boxes and their lack of nutritious foods for Arizona’s poorest; covered the mayoral race; blogged about local politics.

Arizona Daily Star, Intern; Government Apprentice January 2011-August 2011 (Tucson, Ariz.)

From May 2011 to August 2011, covered the police beat two nights a week and reported on breaking news including wildfire coverage. Also wrote in-depth government pieces including a half-page investigation into Taser use and post-arrest death. Learned about online content management. As a spring apprentice, reported on key government issues important to Tucson residents, including internal affairs, tax law, legislation, city council, police objectives/crime strategy, and city projects. In nine months, produced over 80 bylines—including thirteen front-page articles, and two front page Sunday local section articles—in first major internship at a newspaper.

Sun Village Global English Center, English Tutor May 2010-August 2010 (Beijing, China)

Taught English to Chinese students from ages 6-40 years old for an average of 30 hours per week. Planned lessons and intensive conversation classes in Chinese and English.

SKILLS:

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Final Cut Pro, some HTML, some Soundslides, knowledge of NewsGate CMS, Quark, some Adobe InDesign. General knowledge of using SLR cameras, recording equipment including boom mics, proficiency in social media including Twitter, Facebook, and blogging. Interest in learning programming languages and advanced Excel for help with computer assisted reporting. Conversational in Mandarin and Spanish.

MEMBERSHIPS:

-Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

Attended Boston conference in summer 2012.

-National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

Attended EIJ/NAHJ joint conference in Anaheim in August 2013. Mentored rising talent through NAHJ Student Projects.

AWARDS:

Outstanding Senior, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona, Graduating Class of December 2012; Pulliam Fellowship, Summer 2012; Phillip K. Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year, Spring 2012; Don Bolles Fellowship, Spring 2012; Steve Emerine Scholarship for Public Affairs Reporting, Spring 2011; Alex K. Parker Award for Reporting, Spring 2011; Finley Competition Finalist, Fall 2009; Arizona Flinn Foundation Scholar, Fall 2008-Present

REFERENCES: Available upon request