Over the past decade, I’ve found myself on the battlefield of a media revolution on a number of front lines: a staffer on two presidential campaigns, a consultant on a popular reality TV show, a digital media strategist for a global PR agency, a blogger for PBS and The Huffington Post, a political commentator for Fox News, an adjunct professor of media studies at The New School, and an advisor to Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s start-up social media site, #Waywire.
I’m currently a doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, where I research the relationship between emerging media and political knowledge and opinion. I previously studied political communication at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.S.).
My career began on the national staff of the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign and my on-site advance work included the presidential announcement event, the Democratic National Convention, two of the presidential debate preparations and Senator Kerry’s residence on election night. I’ve more recently conducted advance work for the Obama for America campaign, Presidential Inaugural Committee and The White House.
After the Kerry campaign, I rapidly gained experience in digital public affairs, conducting sensitive PR campaigns for high-profile clients, including: AstraZeneca, MetLife, the Monsanto Company, Anheuser-Busch, the NCAA, New York Presbyterian Hospital, the American Petroleum Institute and Yale University. Continuing to combine my interests in politics and digital media, I write for PBS’s MediaShift blog (about the “digital media revolution”) as its political correspondent.
I serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, am a member of the Public Relations Society of America, and have been a research fellow at the Society for New Communications Research. I’ve served as an awards judge for these three organizations. As a former researcher at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, I helped analyze the network news treatment of terrorist threats immediately following the 9/11 attacks.
A native of Cape Cod, I now split my time between Los Angeles and New York City.