The love wall at Union Market, Washington, D.C. | Photo by  Katherine Ellis

The love wall at Union Market, Washington, D.C. | Photo by Katherine Ellis

The full story: I'm an assistant program manager at the American Press Institute focusing on our Metrics for News and news literacy programs. At API, I spend my time reading, writing, processing, and thinking about all aspects of news and media, but especially metrics and public awareness and understanding of journalism. API's Metrics for News is part of a suite of tools and services designed to help publishers understand their audiences more deeply, learn how to use data more effectively, execute data-informed changes in their newsroom structure, and build coverage strategies that create more high-value content. Our news literacy program — formerly focused on youth news literacy — is evolving to focus on news organizations’ critical role in helping the public better understand news media processes.

I am a graduate of the University of Kansas and twice served as editor-in-chief of the University Daily Kansan, where I led a newsroom transformation from a print mindset to a digital-first operation. I have interned at a variety of news organizations including the Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, and Sunflower Publishing, which owns Best of Lawrence Magazine and Kansas Weddings Magazine. I also worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant at KU for two journalism courses, digital media reporting and news literacy.

I currently live in Washington, D.C., but my heart is forever in the Midwest. When I'm not being a complete and total news nerd, I *really* enjoy traveling, watching Kansas basketball, and spending time with my nephews and greyhounds (see below).

 With the queen, family greyhound No. 1, Kye.

With the queen, family greyhound No. 1, Kye.

 Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan. Pay heed all who enter.

Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan. Pay heed all who enter.

 Family greyhound No. 2, Trek, in Columbus, Ind. Trek is a loyal newspaper subscriber but has his own interpretation of ~news consumption habits.~

Family greyhound No. 2, Trek, in Columbus, Ind. Trek is a loyal newspaper subscriber but has his own interpretation of ~news consumption habits.~