Townie by birth, news junkie by inclination, I am the manager of communications in Memorial’s Division of Marketing & Communications, part of a talented team of communications pros that tell Memorial’s story every day and in so many ways.
Fascinated by newspapers since reading David Halberstam’s The Powers That Be and Woodward and Bernstein’s All the President’s Men, I wove that interest into my history studies in the Faculty of Arts at Memorial. My bachelor of arts honours thesis examined the role the New York Times played in the 1954 revolution in Guatemala.
Following graduation, I spent the best part of the next seven years working with the Robinson-Blackmore chain of community newspapers. My four stops – Marystown, Clarenville, Gander and back in St. Johns – were not only a crash course in news writing, but an invaluable lesson in the history and geography of parts of Newfoundland I was ignorant of as a self-centred child of St. John’s.
My journalism career also includes freelance gigs for CBC Radio, the Globe and Mail and Atlantic Business magazine.
My first stint in communications was with the Newfoundland Ocean Industries Association where I spent nine months as communications director before fleeing back to newspapers with the Express in St. John’s.
My next transition to communications was a gentle one. My career with Marketing & Communications (then University Relations) started in 1997 as editor of the Gazette, a position I held until 2011. This combined my love of news writing and editing with insight into journalism’s twin, public relations.
The move to Memorial also gave me a chance to continue to scratch the education bug and in 2005 I graduated with a master of arts in history.
In 2011 I moved to fill the position of associate director of communications on an acting basis until the role was filled permanently at which point I transitioned to my current role.