Raleigh, North Carolina • kristincollins10@gmail.com

Profile

Non-profit communications professional and journalist with experience researching, interviewing, writing and editing for multiple formats. After 13 years as a newspaper reporter, built a new career working with non-profits to effect positive social change. Organized and self-motivated with proven leadership skills. Deep knowledge of North Carolina culture, geography, politics and institutions. A broad range of contacts and a knack for building relationships.

Experience

Associate Director of Public Information, Center for Death Penalty Litigation, Durham, N.C.

September 2012 – Present

  • Produce communications materials including press releases, fact sheets, op-eds, blog posts, case studies and reports
  • Manage website, blog and social media for N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and CDPL
  • Work collaboratively on long-range projects and communications strategy

Freelance writer

March 2010 – Present

  • Write regular news articles, columns and feature stories for publications including The News & Observer and the N.C. State Alumni Magazine
  • Produce reports and communications materials for non-profits

Director, Uniting NC, Raleigh, N.C.

March 2010 – August 2012

  • Managed one employee and a large volunteer base in developing innovative projects that build understanding and inclusiveness of immigrants in North Carolina
  • Handled all aspects of non-profit management including communications, event planning, volunteer recruitment and training, fundraising, community outreach, and long-range planning
  • Oversaw organization as its budget more than doubled in size and it received many honors including the N.C. Peace Corps Association’s Peace Prize and the AARP’s Multicultural Outreach Award
  • Developed and led many successful projects and events, including a statewide billboard campaign that garnered national media attention

Reporter, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

May 1999 – January 2010

  • Initiated, researched, conducted interviews and wrote several stories a week on issues including immigration, agriculture, and education for publication in one of North Carolina’s two leading newspapers
  • Collaborated to create graphics, fact boxes, photographs, online packages, and other innovative storytelling devices
  • Wrote high-profile pieces on Wake County’s debate over neighborhood schools, a mentally-ill American citizen who was deported to Mexico, the racially charged rhetoric of the Johnston County sheriff, the union election at Smithfield Foods’ slaughterhouse, and worker abuses at the tomato company Ag-Mart

Reporter, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C.

March 1997 – May 1999

  • Researched, interviewed, wrote, and edited for a daily newspaper in rural eastern North Carolina
  • Primary focus on police, courts and local government — including coverage of capital trials
  • Covered water pollution caused by hog farms and wrote an award-winning profile of leading Neuse River environmentalist Rick Dove

Education

Non-Profit Management Certificate, Duke University

Completed in 2013

Bachelor of Arts, University of Delaware

English and French, 1996

Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society

Awards

  • North Carolina Peace Prize, N.C. Peace Corps Association, 2011 (Given to Uniting NC)
  • Multicultural Outreach Award, AARP, 2011 (Given to Uniting NC)
  • First place, profile writing, N.C. Press Association, 2008
  • Third place, investigative reporting, N.C. Press Association, 2003
  • Walter Spearman Award for writing, 1998
  • First place, profile writing, N.C. Press Association, 1997
  • First place, investigative reporting, N.C. Press Association, 1997

Skills and activities

  • Extensive training in dialogue facilitation, including three-day intensive workshop run by the Boston-based Public Conversations Project, a non-profit that facilitates dialogue around the world
  • Experience building and managing websites with WordPress, publishing an e-newsletter with Constant Contact, and using other web publishing, word processing, and data management tools
  • Experience using Facebook and other social and multi-media platforms in non-profit work
  • Volunteer work with the Beehive Collective and the Fred Olds Elementary Friends of the Library
  • Love for travel, cooking, boating, camping, and the outdoors

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