Web Editor, Institutional Investor magazine, New York.
Nov 2010 – Present
Generate and commission story ideas, copy edit and fact-check content, and produce a site more responsive to the financial news cycle. Develop the site’s ability to tell stories in videos, slideshows and infographics, as well as maintaining the high standards of traditional news journalism. Devise new online products such as blog platforms, daily and weekly emails.
Investigative Journalist, Phoenix Magazine, Dublin, Ireland.
Nov 2006 – July 2009.
Wrote stories for Ireland’s oldest investigative magazine. Wrote profiles of people in politics, business, and academia. Generated stories from an extensive list of sources and a mastery of court, company, and political documents. An investigation into the publicly-funded University College Dublin helped to end a culture of excessive payments to academics.
Web Journalist, RTE, Dublin, Ireland.
May 2003 – Nov 2006.
Wrote news and features for www.rte.ie, the website of Ireland’s taxpayer-funded public service broadcaster. Worked with HTML, content management systems, and blogs. Wrote movie reviews, music reviews, business, sports, entertainment stories, and news analysis. One 6-day feature series on Gaelic football generated a record number of unique users to the site each day.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York.
Magazine concentration and fellow of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. Investigated the manipulation by boxers of the weak regulations surrounding weigh-ins. Also investigated the abuse of student loan holders by debt collection companies on behalf of the U.S. government. Other classes included The Art of the Profile, Magazine Writing, Computer Assisted Reporting, Literary Journalism, law, ethics, business, and the history of journalism.
University College, Dublin, Ireland.
M.A. in Politics (British-Irish Studies). Studied Northern Ireland politics, British and Irish relations, nationalism in Ireland, among other modules. Wrote master’s thesis on coalition formation theory in relation to the first Irish coalition government.
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.
B.Sc. in Journalism. Studied reporting, communications theory, law, business. Wrote undergraduate thesis on the print coverage of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings, Ireland’s deadliest terrorist attack.
Published in 2004
Two Little Boys: An account of the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings and their Aftermath (Currach Press, ISBN 1-85607-909-0). Expanded undergraduate thesis into a book on the human impact of the terrorist attacks and the campaign for justice by the injured and bereaved. The 288-page book required in-depth reporting, sensitive interviews with the victims and bereaved, and careful examination of historical, political, and legal documents.
Published in 2006
Speaking Truth to Power: The Donal de Roiste Affair with Don Mullan (Currach Press, ISBN 1-85607-908-2). Non-fiction investigation into the unexplained dishonorable discharge of a young Irish Army officer for alleged subversive activities, a charge that was later retracted by the Irish government.
Society of Professional Journalists (Columbia University Chapter) Student of the Year 2010.
Multimedia: Wordpress; Blogging software; Protools; Final Cut Pro; Twitter; Facebook; QuarkXpress; Photoshop; basic HTML.
Languages: French and conversational Irish.
Member of the National Union of Journalists (Ireland).