Hello, I’m Thea

I am a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors in Journalism, focus in visual communications.  I grew up obsessed with communications before I knew there was an entire industry to explore. At seven years old, I wrote my first newspaper and sold it around the neighborhood for 25 cents. Starting in middle school, I recorded myself reading stories from the newspaper to practice my broadcast voice. Journalism courses at Michigan State University finally allowed me to take my passion for audio and graphic design to the next level.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER: DARE Magazine (July 2015-Current)
-I write articles for the online version of Canada’s first plus size magazine. This includes researching, writing, editing and posting my pieces on the website.

REPORTER AND HOST: KDLG Public Radio (May 2014-December 2014)
-Conducted phone and in person interviews.
-Created scripts then edited and produced packages.
-Hosted live Morning Edition newscast.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER: The Gal’s Got Game (November 2013-May 2014)
-Created graphics for the organization’s weekly emails.
-Branded the organization so it had an attractive color scheme and coherent design.

WRITER AND RESEARCHER: National Science Foundation’s Open Tree of Life (May 2013-Current)
-Researched the details of species and wrote short descriptions for each. I edited my coworker’s descriptions.

COMMUNICATIONS DESIGNER: Michigan State University’s Land Policy Institute (September 2012-June 2013)
-Created graphics and layouts for the LPI books and reports as well as informative displays for the Built Environment Strategies for Today and Tomorrow Expo.
-Took photographs at events and wrote descriptions for our newsletter.

PRODUCER and REPORTER: Michigan State University Student Radio The IMPACT 88.9 FM (Summer 2010-Summer 2013)
-Wrote and produced pieces focusing on politics and college events and it’s importance for MSU students for a weekly program called “The Exposure.”  The reporting, editing and producing was all my own.
-Volunteered as DJ once a week for the MSU student radio station, IMPACT 88.9FM.
-Introduced listeners to the songs and bands being played and checked meter readings hourly.

STATION PRODUCTION INTERN: Michigan Radio WUOM in Ann Arbor 734-764-9210 (Summer 2012)
-Edited audio for the Jack Lessenberry program then posted to the website, in Newsboss and a podcast.
-Booked guests to be interviewed and performed preinterviews, researched possible topics and guests for the weekly segment “Seeking Change.”
-Created infographics, website layouts and different advertisements for the web.
-Helped produce and report an episode of “Front and Center” out of Chicago.  Also created a graphic to coincide.

PHOTOJOURNALIST INTERN: College of Communication Arts and Sciences 517-432-0013 (Spring 2012)
-Took photos for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences including any guest lectures, special events and the day-to-day operations of the college.
-Organized and photographed a CAS faculty portrait shoot of 30 people.
-Kept track of any media release and contract forms.

-Created a sound slide show for The Ave, a project that showed unique stories on Michigan Avenue in downtown Lansing, MI.