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Tuesday, June 28, 2005, 21:53
Section: Life

BEAU YARBROUGH

WORK EXPERIENCE
Staff Writer - 2012 to present
Los Angeles News Group - Ontario, California
I cover education, both K-12 and higher education, with a focus on California’s Inland Empire, which includes more than 19 school districts and six universities. Stories primarily appear in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (61,699 circulation), San Bernardino Sun (56,456 circulation) and Redlands Daily Facts (6,607 circulation), but I also collaborate on regional, state or national stories with other reporters from the Los Angeles News Group or Digital First Media, our papers’ umbrella organizations. The organization also puts a strong emphasis on social media and preparing for the future media marketplace. I serve on LANG’s Futures Committee to help chart the group’s strategy in that area.

Staff Writer - 2004 to 2012
Victorville Daily Press - Victorville, California
Responsible for complete coverage on the 90,000-population city of Hesperia. Stories were distributed between a 23,000-circulation daily and its 20,200-circulation weekly sister paper, the Hesperia Star. Heavy emphasis on education, local government, business, features and breaking news. Served on the paper’s steering committee for social media, live-blogged (on Twitter) government meetings and select breaking news events. Other duties included photography, shooting and editing video and managing the Star’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Public Relations Coordinator - 2001 to 2002
Blizzard Entertainment - Irvine, California
Handled inquiries from the press, Internet sites and the public for leading computer games developer. Work included being the point of contact for Internet fan sites, arranging online and conference call media events, monitoring press coverage, attending trade shows and miscellaneous writing and public relations tasks. Also worked as part of an in-house testing team for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

Senior Online Producer - 1998 to 2000
Los Angeles Times Syndicate - Los Angeles, California
Selected, edited, packaged and distributed content from contributor Web sites and print articles. Duties included design work, HTML editing, Javascript implementation and some graphics work, notably GIF animation.

News Editor, Associate Producer - 1998 to 2003
Comic Book Resources - Los Angeles, California
Conducted online research, interviewed pop culture and entertainment figures online and by phone, wrote news reports, copy edited and published news on leading Web site. Work also included product development and some site design and maintenance work.

Features Reporter - 1995 to 1998
Potomac News - Woodbridge, Virginia
Initiated, researched and wrote features and entertainment news, conducting interviews both in-person and by telephone, and wrote concert and theater reviews for 32,000 circulation daily suburban newspaper. Duties included editing and layout responsibility for a weekly "Cyberspace" page.

Freelance Reporter - 1994 to 1995
Cairo, Egypt
Initiated, researched and wrote news, features, business and sports for Egyptian and American English-language newspapers and magazines, including Al-Ahram Weekly, Egypt Today, International Trade Reporter, The Middle East Times, Sports & Fitness Egypt and the American University in Cairo alumni magazine.

Reporter - 1993 to 1994
Dear Newspapers - McLean, Virginia
Initiated, researched and reported business, health, arts and entertainment and education news stories for three weekly suburban newspapers: The Arlington Courier, The Great Falls Current and The McLean Providence Journal, combined circulation 48,000. Duties included some photography, layout and copy-editing.

Reporter - 1992 to 1993
The News Messenger (The News) - Christiansburg, Virginia
Responsible for complete news coverage of the town of Christiansburg and Blacksburg, for a 13,000 circulation thrice-weekly paper. Covered cops/courts, government, features, and breaking news.

AWARDS
Association of California School Administrators (Region 12), 2012 — Outstanding Media Coverage Award
Society of Professional Journalists, 2007 — 3rd place, Best Breaking News Story, B division
Society of Professional Journalists, 2007 – 2nd place, Best Editorial/Opinion Piece, all circulations
Society of Professional Journalists, 2007 — 1st place, Best Law Enforcement/Legal Affairs, B division
Society of Professional Journalists, 2006 – 2nd place, Best Government/Political Story, B division
Society of Professional Journalists, 2006 – 2nd place, Best Law Enforcement/Legal Affairs Story, B division
Society of Professional Journalists, 2005 – 2nd place, Best Feature Story, B division
Society of Professional Journalists, 2005 – 3rd place, Best Government/Political Story, B division
Society of Professional Journalists, 2005 – 2nd place, Best Law Enforcement/Legal Affairs Story, B division
Society of Professional Journalists, 2004 – 3rd place, Continuing Coverage, B division
Society of Professional Journalists, 2004 – 3rd place, Best Crime/Law Enforcement Story, B division
Society of Professional Journalists, 2004 – 1st place, Best Cultural/Diversity Story, B division
Virginia Press Association, 1997 – 1st place, Critical Writing, Daily group 2

EDUCATION
B.A., Communication Studies (Broadcasting) and English - May 1992
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia


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