Kristen M. Clark

•  Copy-editing, including

   knowledge of AP style

•  Headline writing

•  Basic HTML coding

•  Website layout & production

•  Search engine optimization


• Videolicious & Apple iMovie

• Typepad, Wordpress & Drupal

• Adobe Photoshop, InDesign

  & Acrobat

• Audacity


State government reporter  •  September 2012 - November 2013

    •  Wrote daily and investigative stories on the Michigan Legislature and 18 state departments with an

       emphasis on government accountability, transparency and issues affecting 50,000 state workers.

    •  Frequently contributed to the Detroit Free Press and other Gannett Co. publications.

    •  Routinely complemented articles with video, social media and interactive graphics and timelines.

    •  Created spreadsheets using information from public documents and analyzed data for trends and

        insights on state government operations, including how tax dollars are spent.

    •  Served as the lead reporter in the State Journal’s award-winning coverage of the passage of

       right-to-work legislation and accompanying protests at the Michigan Capitol in December 2012.

    •  Received employee-of-the-month honors in December 2012 and August 2013.




Collegiate & internship


Special skills

•  Data & spreadsheet


•  Photography

•  Video & audio recording

   & editing

•  Social media engagement


THE STATE NEWS  •  Michigan State University  •  East Lansing, Mich.

Editor in chief  •  January 2009 - May 2009

    •  Responsible for daily content decisions, editorial direction, payroll, discipline and personnel policy

       in a newsroom of about 50 students at Michigan State University's daily independent student


    •  Edited and proofread stories and pages nightly prior to publication.

    •  Directed initiatives and executed a digital-first strategy to improve multimedia storytelling and

       online readership, which measurably increased website traffic sustainably above previous terms.

    •  Previously, a news reporter and copy editor for five semesters, beginning as an incoming freshman.


THE OKLAHOMAN  •  Oklahoma City, Okla.  •  City news intern  •  summer 2008


NEWSDAY  •  Melville, N.Y.  •  Congressional news intern, Washington, D.C. bureau  •  spring 2008

    •  Arranged through the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism semester program.


THE FORUM OF FARGO-MOORHEAD  •  Fargo, N.D.  •  News intern  •  summer 2007

Michigan State University  •  East Lansing, Mich.  •  August 2005 - August 2009

Journalism                                          Bachelor of Arts

    •  With honors, minor in history

Political science and pre-law            Bachelor of Arts


John Cabot University, semester abroad  •  Rome, Italy  •  August 2007 - December 2007

    •  Studied political science, law, history and arts and humanities using on-site locations in and

       around Rome.


Government and politics reporter  •  August 2009 - September 2012

    •  Covered North Dakota and Minnesota congressional delegations and federal politics and

       government issues - as well as the cities of Fargo and West Fargo, Cass County (N.D.) and

       U.S. District Court.

    •  Also responsible for news coverage and weekly analysis involving Fargo-Moorhead leaders’ push

       for permanent flood protection and rural opposition to a Red River diversion.

    •  Wrote federal politics blog, “Flickertales from The Hill,” with original content and analysis,

       including video features.

    •  Led campaign coverage for North Dakota’s U.S. House and Senate races in 2010 and most of 2012.

    •  Assisted in covering 2010 and 2011 record-level flooding in Fargo-Moorhead.

    •  Contributed to WDAY AM-970 news programming.

THE PALM BEACH POST  •  West Palm Beach, Fla.

Community reporter  •  February 2014 - July 2015

    •  Reported daily and in-depth news about the village of Wellington and other west-central Palm

        Beach County towns, including government, economic development, business and feature stories.

    •  Used public records to uncover and investigate questionable acts by elected officials.

    •  Responsible for increasing digital audience and reader engagement through SEO, social media and

        online-only content, including blog posts, videos and interactives.

MIAMI HERALD  •  Tallahassee, Fla.

State government reporter  •  September 2015 - October 2017

    •  Reported on the Florida Legislature and state government and politics in the Herald's and Tampa

       Bay Times' joint Capitol bureau — focusing on education, guns, immigration and criminal justice policy.

    •  Analyzed complex legislation, investigated the motivations and impacts of it and reported findings to

       a general audience through stories, blogs, videos and social media posts.

    •  Served as a lead reporter in the Herald/Times’ 2016 team coverage of Florida’s nationally watched

       U.S. Senate race, with focus on Democratic candidates — tasks for which included: writing policy

       analyses, candidate profiles and investigations into candidate backgrounds and campaign claims.

    •  Responsible for writing frequent blog posts, shooting and editing online video, producing online story

       packages and growing digital audience through use of SEO and social media.

CROSSCUT.COM  •  Seattle, Wash.

Staff writer  •  January 2018 - May 2018

    •  Reported news and feature stories, personal profiles and in-depth analyses on growth issues and the

        changing region of Seattle, the Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest.

    •  Assisted in writing headlines and editing stories for grammar, style, clarity and content.

    •  Produced online story packages that captivated readers' attention using an eye-catching and

        complementary array of text, photos, video and other interactive and digital elements.