Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Journalism Minor. Graduated cum laude. Dean’s List five consecutive semesters. Captain of Varsity Track & Field team.
Plagued by the flu: Managing influenza
in 1918 and today
University of Pennsylvania
September 2015 – Present
Senior Science News Officer
Writes upward of 10 news articles, features, and releases a month, plus manages coverage of scientific research from the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and departments in the School of Arts & Sciences including psychology, criminology, anthropology, and others. Has placed clips in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Quartz, BBC Radio, and others. Chairs the One Health Communications group.
June 2008 – Present
Writer and Editor
Fact-check and write for publications and websites including Scientific American, Edible Philly, Audubon magazine, Science Friday, NPR’s StateImpact PA, Everyday Health, Forbes.com, HealthLeaders Magazine. Edit and copy edit specialty cookbooks and books. To date, have edited 14, including The Vegan Table, The Art and Craft of Coffee, Wine Lover’s Devotional and The Cook’s Book of Intense Flavors.
The Weather Channel
June 2013 – August 2015
Science and Environment Editor
Shaped science coverage on weather.com, growing vertical traffic by 20 million pageviews in one year. Oversaw all aspects of section storytelling, including assignment, editing, copy-editing, writing and fact-checking of news stories, video scripts, and long-form articles. Worked with award-winning journalists like David Kushner (Brain Games) and well-known scientists like Michael Mann (Climate Disruption Index). Managed Associate Science Editor until elimination of position in December 2014. Article about levees in New Orleans was a 2015 EPPY Award finalist.
February 2009 – June 2013
Associate Editor, Social Media Manager
Shaped brand direction and voice as a key member of six-person editorial team. Pitched and wrote for every issue, the website, and the blog. Highlights include a cover story, Volunteer Army, about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and running the magazine’s research process. Fact-checked features, departments and front- and back-of-book articles. Assigned and edited articles for website, print packages and a front-of-book section. Copy edited articles in blues before shipping.
Columbia University School of Journalism
January 2009 – December 2012
Acted as Managing Editor for the magazine and website produced by this graduate workshop, which included maintaining a weekly production schedule for up to 20 articles, with three published daily. Edited articles weekly, monitored student progress, and worked closely with individuals seeking mentorship.
October 2002 – November 2007
Received four promotions at this small healthcare publisher. Led two divisions, a role that required managing eight editors, overseeing six product lines, coordinating a national award contest, and setting division financial goals. Previous roles included writing and editing newsletters and editing books.
Drupal, WordPress, Audacity, Soundslides, HTML, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop), Photo Mechanic, Google Analytics, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive Suite
• 2021, Facilitator, Knight Science Journalism@MIT Fact-checking Workshop
• 2020, Presenter, University Research Magazine Association monthly session, about a PennToday series called “Side gigs for good”
• 2020, Panelist, National Association of Science Writers conference session, “How does your institution #scicomm? A survey of science writers”
•2019, Moderator, National Association of Science Writers conference session, “Of mice and media: Rethinking how we cover basic science”
• 2016, Deadline Club Finalist, Multimedia, Interactive Graphics & Animation, “Katrina 10”
• 2016, Webby Honoree, Best Individual Editorial Experience, “Katrina 10”
• 2015, EPPY Award Finalist, Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Reporting, “Gold Standard or Old Standard?” with The Lens
• 2012, Metcalf Fellow, one of 10 journalists selected to participate in a weeklong science immersion program put on by the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
• 2010, Cover Story, “Volunteer Army,” Audubon magazine, Nov-Dec issue
• 2009, Cover Story, “A Person of Note,” (201) Magazine, April issue
• 2003, Editorial Rookie of the Year, presented by HealthLeaders Media, for editorial excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and creativity
Michele is an excellent editor, writer, and leader. As her assistant editor, I learned so much from her sharp news judgment and passion for science. She is first and foremost an ethical journalist, committed to achieving accuracy and fairness in her own work and fostering those values in others. She is a wonderful co-worker.
Michele is a focused and thorough colleague who is great to work with. She’s always prepared, she contributes thoughtful comments and remarks on ongoing and upcoming stories and projects, and she organizes her time well. Overall she’s a wonderful coworker.
Michele is exceptionally intelligent and very well-spoken. She has excellent leadership skills and knows how to manage employees without micro-managing. She is extremely hardworking and conscientious. Given the opportunity, I would gladly work with her again.
Michele is a true professional and a delight to work with. I greatly admire her work ethic—she is both efficient and thorough, with a sharp eye for detail; Audubon could always count on her to do an exceptional job on any task.
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