Resume

Ed Mahon

edmahon@gmail.com / (610) 931 – 9955

Work Experience

York Daily Record/Sunday News| York, Pa.

(March 2012- Present)

  • Multiplatform journalist, covering government and politics.
  • Writing spot news for the web and newspaper on strict deadlines.
  • Also shoot video.

Centre Daily Times | State College, Pa.

(October 2008 – March 2012)

  • Education reporter – covering five school districts for a newspaper with a daily circulation of about 25,000 and a monthly online readership of more than 500,000.
  • Writing spot news for the web and newspaper on strict deadlines.
  • Responsibilities have also included general assignment and crime reporting, as well as leading projects.
  • Wrote seven stories that were picked up by Harrisburg Patriot-News, plus  stories that were picked up the Associated Press State Wire and published in  The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and The York Daily Record / Sunday News.
  • Have produced more than a dozen videos for the web.
  • Coordinated the paper’s first “Rising Stars” program, a 28-page special section that honored graduating high school seniors.

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia, Pa.

(February 2007 – August 2008)

  • Stringer – started  out writing two articles per week, and and within nine months was writing five to seven articles per week for the Sunday Pennsylvania Neighbors sections, including 800-word cover stories.
  • Wrote more than 325 articles, including one for the daily paper.
  • Beat focused on education, but also covered general news in Delaware County and other suburbs — from childhood obesity to war protests to immigration.
  • Took five photographs that ran in the paper.

News of Delaware County | Havertown, Pa.

(Sept. 2006 – Feb. 2007; Aug., Sept. 2008)

  • Wrote more than 110 articles, including front-page news stories and features

The Chestnut Hill Local | Chestnut Hill, Pa.

(June 2004 – Aug. 2005; Aug., Sept. 2008)

  • Started as an intern, continued as freelance writer and photographer. Wrote more than 40 articles.

Street Pulse | Tacoma, Wash.

(Aug. 2oo5 – Aug. 2006)

  • Edited and designed a monthly 12-page newspaper written primarily by and for homeless men and women.

Philadelphia magazine | Philadelphia, Pa.

(August 2004 – December 2004)

  • Editorial intern. Wrote four short article and fact-checked.

Collegian | Philadelphia, Pa.

(Jan. 2003 – May 2005)

  • News editor of La Salle University’s student-run newspaper during senior year.
  • Founded, edited and designed a special eight-page section for graduating seniors.

Awards

  • Western Pennsylvania Press Club 2012 Golden Quill Awards: Finalist in the enterprise/investigative reporting category for a six-day series about the impact of charter schools in Centre County and Pennsylvania. Circulation under 45,000 division.
  • Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors 2012 News Excellence Competition: First place in enterprise/investigative reporting category for charter school series.
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association 2012 Keystone Press Awards: First place in series category for the charter school articles that ran in July 2011.
  • 2010 Media Award from the National Low Income Housing Coalition for a series of articles that profiled Centre County residents struggling to afford housing and examined the underlying issues.
  • Western Pennsylvania Press Club 2011 Golden Quill Awards: Finalist in the enterprise/investigative reporting category for a four-day series that showed how low-income workers struggle to find affordable housing in Centre County. Circulation under 45,000 division.
  • Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors 2011 News Excellence Competition: First place in investigative reporting category for a series of stories tracking how stimulus money was spent in Centre County. Worked with three other reporters: Anne Danahy, Mike Joseph and Nick Malawskey. First place for enterprise reporting for “Priced out: High rents drive housing crisis,” which examined the lack of low-income rental housing in Centre County. Worked with four other reporters: Danahy, Chris Rosenblum, Sara Ganim and Lauren Boyer.  Second place in business reporting for “Power Play,” a series of stories looking ahead to electricity deregulation. Worked on the project with two other reporters: Nick Malawskey and Anne Danahy. Circulation between 15,001 and 30,000.
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association 2011 Keystone Press Awards: First place in investigative reporting category for a series of stories tracking how stimulus money was spent in Centre County. Worked with three other reporters: Anne Danahy, Mike Joseph and Nick Malawskey. First place in the ongoing news coverage category for reporting on the DUI arrest and resignation of former State College Area School District Superintendent Richard Mextorf.  Circulation between 20,000 and 39,999.
  • Western Pa. Press Club 2010 Golden Quill Awards: First place for a series of investigative stories that showed how the actions of school board members — and their decision to enter into a complex financial agreement, known as an interest rate  swap — put millions of taxpayer dollars at risk. Won in the continuing coverage category and was also the Ray Sprigle Memorial Award, a best of show honor, for newspapers with a circulation under 45,000.
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association 2010 Keystone Press Awards: First place in the investigative reporting category for the swap stories. Second place in the news feature category for The Great Math Debate, which described two different views of how math should be taught — and the rancor the debate was causing among elementary school parents and teachers. Circulation between 20,000 and 34,999.
  • Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors 2010 News Excellence Competition: Second place in the investigative reporting categories for the swap stories. Second place in the enterprise reporting category for a five-part series that profile laid off workers who returned to school in the hopes of finding a new job. Circulation between 15,001 and 30,000.
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association 2007 Keystone Press Awards: Honorable mention in the business or consumer story for an article describing the local food movement in Delaware County.

Skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, iMovie and Final Cut Express.
  • Proficiency with Associated Press style.
  • Familiarity with  Adobe Photoshop.

Academics

La Salle University | Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Graduated May 2005.
  • English writing major; education minor.
  • 3.93 GPA in Major and 3.56 GPA overall.


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