Resume

MIKE HIXENBAUGH

EXPERIENCE

Reporter — The Virginian-Pilot — Norfolk, Va.
March 2011-present
•Projects and investigative reporter. Previously beat writer covering the military in America’s biggest Navy town. Prior to that, covered schools and then City Hall in the sprawling suburbs of Virginia Beach.

Reporter — Fayetteville Observer — Fayetteville, N.C.
April 2010-March 2011
•Worked a county government beat while also honing skills in watchdog and enterprise reporting. Won three statewide journalism awards, including first place in general news reporting among state’s largest newspapers for coverage of unexplained infant deaths at Fort Bragg.

Reporter — Rocky Mount Telegram — Rocky Mount, N.C.
November 2007-April 2010
•Covered an array of topics, including the N.C. General Assembly, politics, military issues, county government and business en route to winning six statewide journalism awards. Told stories through multimedia, blogging, and immediate Web updates while still honing stories for final publication. Work covering suspected serial murders drew national attention.

Reporter — The Record-Courier — Ravenna, Ohio
February 2007-November 2007
•Put to use deadline writing skills while working as the Ravenna city beat writer at my hometown newspaper. Exposed government officials who were aware that defective streetlamps had been crashing onto sidewalks but largely ignored the safety threat. The city later spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace the lamps.

EDUCATION

College — The University of Akron — Akron, Ohio
August 2003-May 2007
•Direct admit – 3.828 GPA
•Communications: news media major, sociology minor
•Graduated with honors

COMPUTER SKILLS

•Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Quark, News Edit Pro, video editing software, and all internet Web browsers. Familiar with Apple and Microsoft operating systems.

REFERENCES

•Please contact me for a list of references.

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