Kathleen Foody

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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


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


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.