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Clemson University – May 2017

  • Bachelor of Arts in sports communication, Magna Cum Laude
    • Recipient of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Dean’s Award for Professional Engagement – April 2017
    • Sports Communication Representative for the Dean’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Council: Spring 2016 – May 2017
    • Communication Ambassador: Fall 2015 – May 2017
    • Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society: Spring 2015 – May 2017
  • Entrepreneurship minor


Associate Producer | ESPNSeptember 2021 – Present

  • Live-produce Monday Night Football’s sponsored halftime re-tease, produce all high-end edit content
  • Hire crews, coordinate, research, produce, direct, and manage budgets for onsite NFL shoots
  • Onsite producer for the 2022 and 2023 NFL Combine and Draft player shoots
  • 2022 NFL Draft stage manager for Chris Mortensen
  • Tape producer for the green room, draft stage, and NFL team draft room cameras (2023)
  • Produce written and digital features for Special Olympics and ESPYS/Sports Humanitarian Awards
  • Managed all ENG content and field producer/talent schedules at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games
  • Write features for in addition to full-time production responsibilities to reach fans across all platforms
  • Manager for 2023 event production intern, providing mentorship and overseeing career growth and development

Content Associate | ESPN January 2019 – September 2021

Award Shows and NFL Draft

  • Produced nominee packages for the 2019 College Football Awards, and field-produced for Maria Taylor
  • Sourced content from SIDs and agents to edit player and team storyline pieces for the 2020 and 2021 NFL Draft
  • Produced bumps and feature content for the 2020 ESPYS Countdown Show, 2021 ESPYS and Sports Humanitarian Awards
  • Served as the on-site talent handler for the 2021 Sports Humanitarian Awards musical artist

Monday Night Football

  • Edit advancers to promote upcoming games for use on the broadcast and SportsCenter
  • Pitch storylines and collaborate across multiple departments to create and edit broadcast content
  • Track social media and relevant news in-game to enhance content

College Sports

  • Pitch storylines, work with producers and analysts to edit teases, advancers, telestrations and all broadcast enhancements for the ACC Network’s inaugural Primetime football crew
  • Travel weekly with talent to produce, shoot, and edit features for ACC Network studio shows
  • Produce and edit ENG and sales shoots while field producing for the sideline reporter during games
  • Generate content for the ACC Network social media platforms including at the CFB Playoff and National Championship Game
  • Served as the lead Content Associate for the 2019 college baseball season
  • Prepped all specialty elements prior to the season as well as contributing to the production of a 30 minute show on FSU legendary coach Mike Martin
  • Produced high-end edits for regular season games and the SEC Tournament
  • Traveled to the College World Series to work on features and provide video content for ESPN game broadcasts and SportsCenter
  • Produced all the specialty edits for the Alabama and Clemson spring games on ESPN2

Production Assistant | ESPNAugust 2017 – January 2019

Remote Events (April 2018 – Present)

  • Assisted in the production of college sports events through gathering television and sales elements, editing video content for air, and facilitating the shipment of other necessary production equipment
  • Worked on college softball, volleyball, and basketball
  • Traveled to the 2018 Volleyball National Championship to assist in the production of the semi-final and final matches

Studio (August 2017 – April 2018)

  • Screened both domestic and international shows and live events to ensure company standards were upheld
  • Maintained detailed and accurate logs of games including play-by-play descriptions, promotions, sales features and commercial breaks
  • Made editorial decisions regarding which content would re-air when cutting down events to fit program formatting times

Intern | ESPN The Magazine – June 2017 – August 2017

Correspondent | Sports Illustrated Campus Rush – August 2016 – May 2017

  • Produced, shot and edited video, wrote and conducted interviews to create digital and social media content for Campus Rush’s platforms including a feature on current Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner and the friendship he developed with a fellow athlete while battling cancer.

Sports and News Intern | WSPA-TV – August 2015 – May 2017 

  • Worked with anchors and reporters to help shoot, produce and edit packages, cut VOs, and VO/SOTs, while also helping conduct interviews and create shot sheets
  • Produced content for including news stories and interactive content

Sports Reporter | The Clemson Insider –  August 2014 – May 2017

  • Conceptualized weekly written articles regarding Clemson football, basketball, and baseball                
  • Reported on-camera, conducted player and coach interviews and attended press conferences
  • Created graphics for social media during games and produced video content previewing and recapping games

Contributor | ESPNU Campus Connection  – April 2015 – May 2017

  • Assisted in the shooting of promotional videos for the 2015 College Football Playoff
  • Pitched, produced, shot, edited, and reported on-camera to create video features

 Clemson News Now Multimedia Journalist – January 2016 – August 2016

  • Pitched stories, scheduled interviews, shot B-roll, wrote scripts, interviewed, and edited video to create weekly news packages for Clemson’s website and ClemsonTV 

Director of Communications | Gaithersburg Giants  –  June 2015 – July 2015

  • Wrote game stories and features, conducted player and coach interviews, and operated all social media accounts for this collegiate summer baseball team

Gaithersburg Giants News: 2015

Writer | –  June 2014 – August 2014

  • Pitched and wrote articles on Clemson Football

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Activities and Affiliations

  • ProCamps Worldwide volunteer – June 2015 – June 2016
  • Sports Journalism Institute (SJI) – May – June 2017             
    • Was one of 12 students selected from across the country to participate in an immersive nine-day course aimed to prepare journalists for future careers in sports

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