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Natalie

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Natalie

Former News Anchor and PR Pro with Crohn's disease

St. Louis, MO

Expertise

I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in July 2005 at age 21. After nearly 10 years in the TV business as a news anchor and reporter, I decided to share my story with the public in November 2014 when I left the anchor desk to pursue a career in Corporate Communications. I started a a blog in July 2016 (on the 11th anniversary of my diagnosis) entitled Lights, Camera, Crohns--An Unobstructed View. I share new content each Monday and aim to provide hope despite the unknowns of the disease. I became a mom in March 2017 and have shared the journey of my high risk pregnancy with my readers and online community. Between my television and PR background and my experience as a patient firsthand, I feel I have the skills necessary for speaking about the illness whether it's in front of a large crowd or on camera. I am confident in my knowledge and it does my heart good to offer hope to those who are struggling with their illness. I feel this is the perfect platform for me to help others.

AVAILABILITY: as required

Industry Experience
Other
Areas Of Expertise
Blogger Copywriter Editor Peer Support Proofreader Public Relations Reporter Social Media Social Networking
Health Perspective
Advocate
Health Conditions
Crohn's Disease
Internal Communications Speicalist at Spire
November 2014 – June 2017

Natalie is responsible for drafting communications documents for internal employees.Her main focus is working on a weekly newsletter called "The Source." Along with the e-newsletter she has the chance to interview co-workers and write articles for the company intranet ranging from industry news to community outreach efforts. Along with "The Source," she's responsible for writing articles for the company newspaper, "Spire Connection."

Natalie's job role enables her to continue to share her love for writing and journalism while connecting with co-workers across all departments in the corporate setting. Given her news background, Natalie also helps with external communications to aid in media outreach and relations.


News Anchor/Reporter at WICS-TV
January 2012 – November 2014

Natalie co-anchored "Sunrise this Morning" on ABC Newschannel 20, Monday-Friday from 5-7 a.m. and co-anchored "Good Day Illinois" on FOX from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Then, she produced and solo anchored the Midday show at 11. Prior to becoming Midday anchor, she reported Monday-Friday for the evening shows.


Account Executive-Media Relations and PR at Jasculca Terman & Associates
September 2010 – January 2012

Natalie worked with several clients and provided media relations guidance and help with event planning.

Client work included: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Chicago Career Tech, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Willis Foundation, Nicor, HBO, Education Under Fire and After School Matters.

Natalie's responsibilities included: Media relations with local and national outlets; media materials development; event coordination and volunteer coordination; and social media.


News Anchor/Reporter at WAOW-TV
January 2007 – September 2010

Natalie solo anchored and co-anchored Wake Up Wisconsin, Monday-Friday. It's the number one rated morning show in central/northern in Wisconsin. Natalie also reported on a variety of issues..ranging from medical breakthroughs to educational stories.

When the cameras were off, Natalie was a board member with the North Central March of Dimes group, a Council member for United Way's Emerging Leaders program, a high school and club soccer coach, and a spokeperson for DonateLife, an organization that gets the word out about the importance of organ donation.


Producer and Evening Reporter at KAAL-TV
October 2005 – January 2007

Natalie was responsible for producing the 6 and 10 p.m. evening newscasts, and was later promoted to nightside reporter.


Bachelors, Journalism
Marquette University
August 2001 – May 2005
Milwaukee, WI, United States


  • Media & Public Relations Freelancer

    06/12/2017 - 08/13/2017

    5.0

    Fixed price

    $8,000.00 earned

    Natalie is an excellent communicator and writer who understands the world of journalism as well as anyone. She was always responsive to our requests, even after hours when there was no expectation she'd be working. We look forward to working with her on other projects that require media and PR expertise.

  • PR and Media Outreach for WEGO Health Experts

    08/14/2017 - 12/11/2017

    4.5

    Fixed price

    $4,800.00 earned

    Natalie provided an exceptional work ethic and immediately acclimated to our team workflow. Through her industry knowledge and background she was able to support our PR effort in successfully pitching to local media, podcasts and related blog outlets.


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