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Professional Summary
Results-driven media executive, an innovative manager and mentor with proven success inspiring and directing high-quality broadcast/digital news operations, both local and national. Has strong personal communications skills based on more than two decades as a television reporter/anchor. A proven leader of large, diverse operations; has a solid grasp of modern communications strategies and best practices.
  • Veteran news professional with contemporary TV/digital skills  
  • Broad range of on-air and executive management experience
  • Strong editorial judgment
  • Exceptional writer and story coach
  • Proven driver of editorial quality while growing ratings
  • Great recruiter and teacher of news talent and managers
  • Strategic manager of news budgets and fiscal resources 
  • Great eye for creative show production
Work History
KHOU Executive News Director | Houston, TX | March 2011 - January 2016

  • Revived a #4 station to become the Houston market's most-awarded, most-watched local TV news, directed creation of original content for our top-ranked digital platforms.
  • Drove last-place A25-54 news ratings to a strong #2, just a tenth of a point of behind the perennial market-leader in morning and late news.
  • Managed single largest division within KHOU, with a multi-million dollar budget and responsibility for strategic fiscal planning.
  • Added six hours of news/sports content, lead by the Sept 2015 launch of a brand new one-hour 4pm newscast that's winning the demo.   
  • Expanded the staff's knowledge and training of technical skills needed to serve a digital first newsroom.        
  • Recruited, hired and mentored top editorial talent and managers.
National Public Radio Managing Director and Deputy National Editor | Culver City, CA | April 2004 - March 2011
  • Directed the network's West Coast broadcast facility and studios for daily national news programs such as Morning Edition.
  • Managed reporters and bureaus covering 14 western states, was the National Desk's ranking editor in charge of western US editorial coverage.
  • Wrote, edited and produced stories for multiple platforms, including Internet and digital channels.
  • Directed and edited a multi-part NPR investigation into corruption among federal drug informant handlers, won 2011 National Headliners Award.
  • Served as the network's top editorial executive collaborating with select funders, academic institutions, corporations and member stations across the West.  
KCET Television Director of News, Reporter/Anchor | Los Angeles, CA | May 1999 - March 2004
  • Headed daily news broadcasts and specials for the West Coast's PBS flagship station. 
  • Drove content, managed show staff and executive produced KCET's award-winning primetime newscast/magazine.
  • Reported and anchored frequently for the nightly show, won multiple Golden Mics for on-air reporting.   
KTLA Reporter | Los Angeles, CA | January 1997 - May 1999
  • Wrote, edited and produced stories for multiple broadcasts.
  • Evaluated and followed up on news leads and news tips to develop story ideas.
  • Worked the political beat, and covered City Hall and Sacramento.
KDFW Washington Bureau Chief | Dallas, TX | January 1995 - January 1997
  • Covered Capitol Hill, budget, energy and economic issues.
  • Worked the political beat, and covered Texas issues and the state's delegation
KHOU Reporter, Washington Bureau Chief | Houston, TX | April 1985 - January 1995
  • Covered general assignment news, political and government beats. 
  • Special projects included a multi-part series from Vietnam, an on-the-ground look at war refugees in Bosnia and reporting on the US military invasion of Panama dictator Manuel Noriega. 
  • Started and managed KHOU's Washington DC Bureau, which later merged into the Belo Washington Bureau.     
Bachelor of Arts Journalism and Political Science University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR

·Named by journalism faculty as outstanding graduate. 

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Professional Summary

Dedicated Social Worker offering 5 years of counseling and crisis intervention expertise. Offering comprehensive background in social services , as well as strong interpersonal, organizational and computer skills. Builds client rapport and assesses needs to provide appropriate resources.

Results-oriented Customer Service Professional who excels at uncovering customer needs, finding solutions and handling objections. Top performer with a consistent track record of meeting and exceeding goals.

Experience in the criminal justice system, including course work, field work, and weapons training.
Dedicated Store Manager with more than 6 years in store management. Well-versed in directing personnel, creating effective merchandising projects and using sales strategies to boost store sales.
Award-winning and charismatic Radio News Anchor talented at transforming complex topics into accessible, engaging and informative news stories. Accomplished interviewer with voice-over and radio broadcast experience.

Work History
Adult Protectice Services-State Of TN - Investigative Specialist
Tiptonville, TN 05/2018 - Current
  • Collected, analyzed and interpreted information, documentation and physical evidence associated with investigations.
  • Collected information pertaining to criminal proceedings and performed investigations to resolve cases.
  • Conducted thorough face-to-face interviews with employers, families, neighbors, friends and suspects and documented all investigative findings.
  • Assessed clients for abuse and neglect to compile documentation for court reports.
  • Interviewed clients, families or groups to assess situations, limitations and issues and implement services to address needs.
Generations Mental Health Center - Care Manager
Dresden , TN 09/2017 - 05/2018
  • Developed patient care plans, including assessments, evaluations and nursing diagnoses.
  • Effectively managed clinical oversight for 44-bed unit.
  • Evaluated treatment plans against individual goals and healthcare standards.
  • Worked with different disciplines to provide cohesive care to patients.
  • Ensured HIPAA compliance.
  • Documented patient information obtained from interviews.
Abernathy's Motorcycles and Powersports - Financing and Insurance
Union City, TN 05/2015 - 07/2017

  • Negotiated prices, terms of sale and service agreements.
  • Maintained friendly and professional client interactions at all times.
  • Originated, reviewed, processed, closed and administered customer loan proposals.
  • Submitted loan applications to the underwriter for verification and recommendations.
  • Reviewed and edited loan agreements to ensure accuracy.
Family Video - Store Manager
Union City, TN 11/2013 - 05/2015

  • Interviewed job candidates and made staffing decisions.
  • Hired, trained and evaluated personnel in sales and marketing.
  • Planned budgets and authorized payments and merchandise returns.
  • Scheduled and led weekly store meetings for all employees.
  • Increased profits through effective sales training and troubleshooting profit loss areas.
  • Reported to the district manager regarding all store and staff issues.
Thunderbolt Broadcasting - News Director
Martin TN 02/2012 - 10/2013

  • Served as Head Reporter for WCMT
  • Delivered live reports from site of event and from the mobile broadcast unit.
  • Followed through on beat sources, contacts and leads to gather information for stories.
  • Wrote, edited and produced stories for multiple platforms, including Internet and digital channels.
  • Introduced shows on the air and announced station breaks, commercials and public service information.
  • Researched and wrote approximately 25 pieces per week for WCMT

Dodge's Convenience Store - Store Leader
Hendersonville, TN 01/2010 - 01/2012
  • Increased profits through effective sales training and troubleshooting profit loss areas.
  • Interviewed job candidates and made staffing decisions.
  • Planned budgets and authorized payments and merchandise returns.
  • Reported to the district manager regarding all store and staff issues.
  • Completed profit and loss performance reports.
Toys R Us - Human Resource Department Supervisor
Nashville, TN 09/2008 - 07/2010

  • Screened applicant resumes and coordinated both phone and in-person interviews.
  • Drafted biweekly time sheets for over 20 executives and employees.
  • Organized all new hire, security and temporary paperwork.
  • Hired, trained and evaluated personnel in sales and marketing.
  • Trained and developed new associates on POS system and key sales tactics.
  • Scheduled and led weekly store meetings for all employees.

Vanderbilt University - Police Officer
Nashville, TN 05/2007 - 09/2008

  • Enforced all traffic laws and ordinances and checked speed with radar.
  • Actively patrolled assigned areas to prevent and detect crimes.
  • Apprehended suspects, read Miranda Rights and transported offenders to jail.
  • Checked all vehicle equipment for proper functioning prior to use.
  • Responded immediately to calls involving automobile accidents and criminal activity.
  • Talked regularly with citizens to establish rapport and become a familiar presence in the area.

Carey Counseling Center - Child and Adolescent Case Manager
Union City, TN 05/2006 - 05/2007

  • Explained available substance abuse treatment services to clients.
  • Drafted monthly summary to review each client's level of participation.
  • Counseled clients to help them understand and overcome personal, social and behavioral problems.
  • Met with clients in their homes to promote continuity of care.
  • Served as part of an on-call emergency response team for crisis intervention within the facility.
  • Managed and restrained violent, potentially violent and suicidal clients.

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Rodney Webb:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Accurate and detailed
  • Excellent planner and coordinator
  • Works well under pressure
  • Human resource laws knowledge
  • Social media knowledge
  • Staff Training and development
  • Accounting and finance
  • Staff recruiting and retention
  • 65 WPM typing speed
  • Employee training and development
  • Case management
  • Crisis intervention techniques
  • First Aid certification
  • Suicide prevention training
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Friendly demeanor
University Of Tennessee At Martin Martin, TN 2006 Bachelor of Arts: Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Mental Health and a Minor in Criminal Justice

Honors Dean's List
Activities Intramural Sports, Psychology Club, French Club, Criminal Justice Society