I'm a former journalist with seven years experience in print, multimedia and broadcast reporting (resume here). These days, I'm at the collaborative design company Figma, running content strategy and helping out on comms and marketing. I still freelance on the side...writing whatever cultural stories catch my eye.
The quick rundown on my career history: After graduating UC Berkeley in 2009, I moved to the Middle East -- the United Arab Emirates to be exact -- and freelanced for lifestyle magazine Time Out Abu Dhabi. I became an on-air TV reporter for a local English-speaking station in Dubai, covering the labor and police beats among other sectors.
Eventually, I moved back to the United States, heading to New York City for the next three years. I interned full-time at The Nation magazine before earning my master's in journalism at Columbia University. I was selected for the competitive post-grad digital media fellowship at Columbia, and stayed on another year teaching students and faculty video/photography storytelling and HTML/CSS coding.
After Columbia I headed west to San Francisco and worked as a tech journalist for two and a half years at a variety of publications -- PandoDaily, Gigaom and Recode.*
I covered early and late stage startups as well as social media companies. I went from breaking tech business scoops on companies like Snapchat and Instacart to investigating business practices at places like Uber. But my real kicks came from cultural reporting on the changing nature of the startup industry.
I've been published in Marie Claire magazine, The Atlantic, Recode, Gigaom, PandoDaily, Narratively, The Huffington Post, The Nation, CounterPunch, Time Out Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, and Bahrain, Abu Dhabi Weekly, and The Daily Californian.
*All three tech journalism companies I worked for went through financial overhauls/ownership changes during my respective tenures -- PandoDaily scaled back its team and switched to a subscription business model, Gigaom went out of business and Recode was bought by Vox Media.
Email: carmeldee88 at gmail.com