Kathleen Foody

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EXPERIENCE

Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team

Enterprise and investigative reporter, Jan. 2012 – present

  • Produce statewide reports for Gannett’s 10 Wisconsin newspapers as part of a three-member full-time team, serving 150,000 readers on weekdays and 200,000 on Sundays
  • Use data, open records requests, documents and interviews to develop print and online content, including databases and interactive graphics
  • Covered state and federal candidates during the 2012 campaign in social media, print and online, including contributions to a statewide politics blog and co-hosted a weekly podcast
  • Received awards for investigative reporting, open records reporting and environmental reporting from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association in 2012

Wausau Daily Herald, Wausau, Wis.

Local government beat reporter, June 2010 – Jan. 2012

  • Cover six local communities’ governing bodies for 20,000 circulation daily newspaper
  • Complete eight articles, 15 online updates and an enterprise piece each week
  • Received finalist recognition for beat reporting in Gannett’s companywide third quarter awards
  • Received first place for enterprise reporting from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association in 2011 for a comprehensive report on a proposed biomass plant

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Springfield, Ill. bureau

Statehouse intern, from Jan. 2010 – June 2010

  • Cover Illinois government for print and online including Feb. 2010 primaries and two gubernatorial addresses
  • Contribute at least 3 analytical or news blog posts each day and 2-3 print articles each week for 279,000 daily 407,700 Sunday circulation publication

Bliss Communications, Janesville, WI

News intern, The Janesville Gazette from May – August 2009

  • Completed at least 4 – 5 articles per week for print 21,000-circulation daily publication and online
  • Researched and wrote two-day series explaining how the city’s water system operates, including an original graphic representation of the system
  • Updated Gazettextra.com daily with breaking news, particularly cops and weather during night shifts

Sun-Times News Group, Chicago

Contributor, The Daily Southtown/Southtown Star during winter 2006/2007 and 2008/2009, summer 2006 and 2007

  • Researched and wrote news and features pieces for 40,000-circulation publication

Illini Media Company, Champaign, Ill.

Managing editor writing and reporting, The Daily Illini from January 2008 – April 2009

  • Created multimedia training program with other student editors and trained staff in Web reporting
  • Coordinated major projects for news, features, opinions and sports desks, including planning for the November 2008 elections, numerous local elections and the Illinois Rose Bowl berth in 2007
  • Managed an editing and reporting staff of more than 90 student journalists
  • Contributed to planning and launch of new Web site on a Drupal CMS

  Other roles:

  • Summer assignment editor, The Daily Illini from May 2008 – August 2008
  • Daytime web editor, The Daily Illini from January 2007 – March 2007
  • Metro news editor, The Daily Illini from March 2007 – December 2007
  • Staff writer, The Daily Illini from November 2005 – March 2007

SKILLS

New Media: Have shot and edited video using mobile applications; active in social networks including Twitter and Facebook and have written extensively for web and posted content through several management systems.

Technical: Knowledge of database research techniques and Excel, presenting information using DocumentCloud, Google Fusion and Tableau Public. Proficient in PC and OSX software and Microsoft Office suite

Communication: Able to effectively interview sources and maintain contacts, share information with fellow reporters and other newsroom staff and collaborate with others on a daily basis and for major projects

Teamwork & leadership: Experienced in cooperating with fellow journalists in all mediums and coordinating projects involving multiple reporters

EDUCATION

University of Illinois at Springfield, Public Affairs Reporting program, master’s May 2010. Cumulative GPA 4.0/4.0.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Media, Bachelor of Science 2009 as a news-editorial journalism major, political science minor. Major GPA of 3.62/4.0; cumulative GPA of 3.4/4.0.

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