• Bachelor of science in photojournalism, Arkansas State University, 1997, cum laude (gpa 3.63) 

• Bachelor of arts in French, Arkansas State University, 1997

• Graduated with honors, Castro Valley (Calif.) High School, 1978 (gpa 3.25)

Professional training

Weekly social media sessions, Gannett Co. Inc., ongoing

• Online workshops, News University, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, Knight Digital Media Center, ongoing

• Search Engine Optimization, Gannett Co. Inc., two-day workshop, 2010

Video planning, shooting and editing, Gannett Co. Inc., 2008

• News Train, digital media, two-day workshop, The Associated Press, 2008

Professional skills development, The Clarion-Ledger, yearlong program, 2007

Workplace management program, Pearl River Community College, Hattiesburg American, 2005

• Business reporting workshop, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, New Orleans, 2005

Management training course, Zenger-Miller, Hattiesburg American, 2004

80-hour training course, Digital Technology, The Sun Herald,1998

Short Course workshops, Society for News Design, New Orleans, 1998

Presentation and photography workshops, Association of College Media, New York, 1997

Editor workshops, Association of College Media, Orlando, Fla., 1996

Investigative reporting workshops (NASHCAR), Association of College Educators, Nashville, Tenn., 1996