TAYLOR MIRFENDERESKI 

Multi-platform Investigative & Special Projects Reporter

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 Professional Experience  
 Skills & Software 
 
Reporter, Investigations & Special Projects, KING 5            2016 - Present
  • Produces in-depth award-winning investigations and enterprise multimedia projects for KING5.com and KING-TV in Seattle, Washington
  • Shoots and edits video, takes still photos, and writes unique stories for digital and broadcast audiences
  • Writes longform digital stories, including narrative-style pieces
  • Builds trust with sources and persuades them to talk
  • Requests state and federal public records with persistence and negotiates for their release
  • Analyzes data using excel and data visualization tools
  • Digitally produces all stories, photo essays and videos in the CMS, including editing media, hyperlinking and embed coding
  • Experiments with new and creative forms of storytelling, often combining text, audio, video, photos and graphics
  • Appears live on air to discuss investigations and special reports
  • Collaborates with other reporters in the KING 5 investigative unit 
  • Named a Peabody Award winner for a 2018 investigation into state special education failures
  • Named a 2018 Livingston Awards finalist for a multimedia narrative about a sex trafficking survivor
  • Earned KING two National Edward R. Murrow awards for "continuing coverage" (2019) and "best website" (2018)
Digital Reporter, WCPO - Cincinnati, OH                                      2013-2016
  • One of ten reporters tapped to launch and report for WCPO Insider, the country’s first subscription service for a TV website, WCPO.com
  • Tasked with producing in-depth multimedia enterprise stories and special reports for WCPO.com, in addition to occasional TV pieces
  • Covered public safety & justice beat
  • Embedded with U.S. military troops in Afghanistan to produce "Mission Critical," a 13-minute online news documentary, several TV packages, a TV special and an multimedia digital story; Traveled, reported and produced all stories as a one-man-band
  • Experimented with unique ways of covering issues, including photo essays and audio storytelling
  • Forged strong relationships with sources 
  • Part of a two-year, Edward R. Murrow Award-winning team for 'Best Website'



Producer, Glass Half Empty: An American Water War, WOUB News
  • Followed six Northeastern Pennsylvania families for more than a year as they sought clean water in the midst of a national debate on hydraulic fracturing and its impact on drinking water

  • The 60-minute journalism documentary aired on WOUB, a PBS-affiliate, in February 2014

  • Reported, shot, wrote and edited the story as a one-man-band



Digital Content Manager, WOUB News - Athens, Ohio            2012-2013
  • Developed and managed daily news content for radio and online platforms

  • Supervised web and radio reporters

  • Covered breaking news, in addition to in-depth features and special assignments

  • Managed social media accounts

  • Developed strategies to increase web traffic



Reporter & Anchor, WOUB News - Athens, Ohio             ​           2011-2012
  • Covered daily news for WOUB Public Media, a PBS affiliate in Athens, Ohio. 

  • Shot, wrote and edited news packages and VO-SOTS

  • Anchored "Newswatch," a 30-minute daily live regional newscast

  • Assisted with election coverage and in-depth news programs



​Intern, Nightly News, NBC Universal                                       Winter 2010
  • Attended editorial meetings and assisted producers with compiling components for breaking news and feature packages

  • Conducted research, transcribed interviews and helped to select the most appropriate b-roll and soundbites during the editing process

  • Distributed scripts, rundowns, and routines to senior producers and other staff prior to show

  • Worked with Nightly News web producers to write unique content for a digital audience



​Intern, Today Show, NBC Universal                                               Fall 2009  
  • Assisted producers with segments and shoots

  • Prepared content notes and suggested interview questions for TODAY anchors and reporters

  • Conducted research for stories

  • Shot video for TV and web; Edited video for entertainment segments 

  • Attended editorial meetings, shadowed editors and worked in the control room 
    

​Intern, Weekend Nightly News, NBC Universal                          Fall 2009 
  • Attended editorial meetings and assisted producers with compiling components for news packages about Fort Hood shootings, Somali pirates, the national pride march and Sarah Palin's Going Rogue book

  • Conducted research, monitored feeds and logged tapes

  • Obtained a copy of Sarah Palin's Going Rogue book prior to its release, allowing NBC to screen and report on its content before other news outlets



​Intern, WCMH-TV - Columbus, Ohio                                     Summer 2009
  • Shadowed and assisted reporters, photographers, producers and assignment editors

  • Pitched news stories

  • Wrote scripts for VOs and news packages 

  • Edited VOs and news packages using Grass Valley Aurora Edit system 



Video Editor, Best Light Video                                                      2009-2010
  • Edited commercials and public service announcements for various clients in Columbus Ohio using Final Cut Pro

  • Projects included editing approximately 30 commercials for vendors at the Columbus North Market



Campus Correspondent, CNN                                                       2009-2010
  • Reported on issues that impact college students 

  • Shot, wrote and edited news packages for air on CNN.com



  • WRITING (AP STYLE & BROADCAST STYLE) 

  • SHOOTING VIDEO (DSLR) 

  • EDITING VIDEO (ADOBE PREMIERE, FINAL CUT PRO) 

  • STILL PHOTOGRAPHY 

  • EDITING PHOTOS (ADOBE LIGHTROOM, ADOBE PHOTOSHOP) 

  • ​ANALYZING DATA (USING MICROSOFT EXCEL AND POWER BI)

  • REQUESTING  STATE AND FEDERAL PUBLIC RECORDS 

  • CREATING CONTENT WITH THIRD-PARTY DIGITAL TOOLS (EX: TIMELINES, INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS, ETC.) 

  • DIGITALLY PRODUCING STORIES IN CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 

  • EXPERIENCE REPORTING IN A CONFLICT ZONE

  • BASIC HTML 

  • LIVE TV REPORTING 

 Achievements 
Peabody Award (2019)
News Category

"Back of the Class" 
 

IRE Awards Finalist (2019)

Broadcast/Video - Division II

"Back of the Class"

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

Continuing Coverage (2019)

"Back of the Class"

Best Website (2018)

Compilation featuring Taylor's reporting

National Press Photographers' Association (NPPA) -

Best of Photojournalism Contest

2nd Place, Solo Video Journalist — In-depth (2020)

Emmy Awards (2019)

NATAS - Northwest Chapter 

1.) Investigative Reporting 

"Back of the Class"

2.) Politics/ Government 

Army fails sick soldiers 

Katherine Schneider Medal (2018)

Second Place

National Center on Disability and Journalism 

 

Livingston Awards Finalist (2018)

National Reporting Category

"Unshackled"

Regional Edward R. Murrows (2019)

1.) Investigative Reporting

2.) News Series 

3.) Continuing coverage

Kiplinger Fellowship in Digital Media (2018)

Fellow

Emmy Nominations 

2020 - 6

2019 - 4 

2018 - 4

2017 - 1 

Mark of Excellence Award (2013)

First Place, In-depth Television Reporting Category

"Researchers Investigate Links Between Fracking and Water Contamination

 

 
 Education 
 

2010 - present

2010 - present

Ohio University

Bachelors of Science in Journalism

Honors Tutorial College

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism 

Top Graduating Senior (2012)

Professional Affiliations
 
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS & EDITORS ​    
Speaker, 2019 IRE Conference
Speaker, 2019 NICAR Conference 
 
NATIONAL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER'S ASSOCIATION 
Participant, NPPA News Video Workshop, 2015 (Y56) 
ONLINE NEWS ASSOCIATION 
Member 
SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS                        
Board Member, SPJ's National Board of Directors                     2019 - Present
 
Board Member, Western Washington Professional Chapter  2018 - Present
Co-Chair, SPJ Digital                                                                            2015 - 2017
Student Representative, SPJ's National Board of Directors    2010-2012

Served two consecutive terms on SPJ's National Board of Directors, working on behalf of SPJ students across the nation. Oversaw and maintained SPJ's student-oriented initiatives such as "Program in a Box" and The Campus Copy blog. Managed SPJ's student Twitter account.  Attended annual board meetings and helped to make key decisions concerning SPJ and journalists across the country.



President, Ohio University SPJ Chapter                                        2011-2012

Led award-winning chapter's weekly membership and executive meetings, organized service projects and large scale events. Brought in speakers to discuss newsworthy industry topics at weekly meetings. Managed team of nine executive members. 



Vice President, Ohio University SPJ Chapter                               2009-2011

Assisted in planning and leading weekly membership meetings, organized service projects and large-scale events, including the Ohio Sunshine Summit, a statewide journalism conference for student journalists and professionals to discuss First Amendment and FOIA issues. Helped chapter win National Collegiate Chapter of the Year.


Freshman Liaison, Ohio University SPJ Chapter                        2008-2009
Created weekly videos for the Ohio University SPJ blog, attended executive and membership meetings, led and taught video editing workshop to SPJ members and other student journalists. 





RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION ​     


President, Ohio University RTDNA Chapter                                 2010-2012
Led weekly membership and executive meetings. Organized the first ever Ohio Sunshine Summit, a statewide journalism conference for student journalists and professionals to discuss First Amendment
and FOIA issues. Brought in speakers to discuss newsworthy industry topics at weekly meetings. Managed team of seven executive members. Planned the Ohio University RTDNA 21st Annual Spring Conference, in which top newsroom professionals from local news stations led panel discussions about current industry topics. 


Vice-President, Ohio University RTDNA Chapter                       2009-2010
Assisted in planning and leading weekly membership meetings, organized service projects and large-scale events. Planned the Ohio University RTDNA 20th Annual Spring Conference, in which top newsroom professionals from local news stations led panel discussions about current industry topics.

ASIAN AMERICAN JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION

Co-Chair, Asian American Student Broadcast Journalists        2009-2012
The Asian American Student Broadcast Journalists is a student networking and support group for AAJA Broadcast students. Managed AASBJ Twitter and Facebook accounts, organized gatherings, mentored AAJA students, recruited new members, and facilitated educational dialogue about industry-related topics.

Broadcast Participant, J-Camp                                                          2007
Participated in a competitive training program for multicultural student journalists. The week-long camp was led by journalists from top news organizations.

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