Resume

Marion Callahan Samkavitz

EXPERIENCE:

Bucks County Courier Times in Levittown, The Intelligencer in Doylestown and Burlington County Times: Enterprise reporter/ columnist/ video producer. Charged with coming up with Sunday front-page packages as part of the organization’s enterprise team. Lead reporter on “Heroin: It’s time for the talk,” and “Hidden World, Hidden Victims,” both honored as the state’s top investigative series. Hosted video show “Saving Bucks” and filled in as anchor for the company’s daily online news update. Wrote a weekly column, “Burb’s Eye View,” delving into the emotional and social complexities of suburban life and family. Here is recent Sunday package about the hardships of being a teen in the child welfare system: fosterPage1 fosterpage2 fosterpage3

The Morning Call: News/features reporter and content editor, managing a hyper local website. Shot and edited video for breaking stories and video features. Creator of one of the paper’s first man-on-the-street weekly video features called “Marion’s Open Mic.” Won 2010 spotlight award by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for feature coverage, “A Love Story.”

The Charlotte Observer: Education, general assignment reporter, covering regional and state education and police news.

The Stars & Stripes: Bureau chief, reporter and photographer based in Heidelberg, Germany. Embedded with U.S. and international troops in Kosovo, Bosnia and Albania. Wrote about post-war reprisals on Serbs. Covered military/U.N. briefings. Filed stories and photos from hostile zones under daily deadlines. Traveled to Israel with U.S. troops during air raids in Iraq in 1999 and wrote about the U.S. air defense programs in the region.

The Miami Herald: Covered crime, local politics and community news.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

North Penn High School, Pennridge High School, 2010-2012: Taught American Literature/ World Literature for 10th-and 11th-graders.

Temple University, Adjunct Professor. Courses taught:
Communications: Taught and developed curriculum for a class on basic writing, focusing on organization, voice, grammar, and editing skills, using creative classroom activities to make grammar interesting and accessible.
Public Affairs Reporting: Introduced students to public institutions covered in the media, taught investigative and research tools, public records laws and the importance of accuracy in storytelling.
Magazine Writing: Deconstructed articles, columns, poems and short stories to better understand the ingredients of a well-told story. Reviewed the importance of theme, voice, narrative structure, context, focus and supporting details.

EDUCATION:

Temple University:  M.L.A. Coursework focused on technological innovations and social trends in media.

University of Florida: B.S. in Journalism.

Delaware Valley College: Pennsylvania Level 1 Certification, English 7-12. I am also certified to teach history, 7-12.

WRITING AWARDS:

2017Pennsylvania Keystone Awards: First Place for a series documenting the struggles facing those trying to rebuild their lives in addiction and the lack of accountability with recovery houses, “Recovery Road.”

2016: Pennsylvania Keystone Awards: First place for a series of stories highlighting the disparities in health care costs, “The Cost of Care.”

2015: Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Award: First place for investigative journalism, “Hidden World, Hidden Victims,” a multimedia series documenting human trafficking in the suburbs.

2014: Pennsylvania Keystone Award: first place, and Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Award, first place, “Heroin: It’s time for the talk.

2010: Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s Spotlight Award, The Morning Call. “A Love Story.”

Several other awards, including three on “Burb’s Eye View” columns, given between 2004-2008, provided upon request.

REFERENCES:

Amy Gianficaro, director of community affairs and former metro editor of The Intelligencer. Contact: amygianficaro@gmail.com

Christine Schiavo, Sunday editor of The Morning Call. Email: Cschiavo@mcall.com.

Linda Streitfeld, former metro editor of The Miami Herald and former program director of the National Press Foundation. Email: linda.streitfeld@gmail.com.

Contact me at samkavit@temple.edu.

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