Creative Director/Producer, Journalist, Speaker




Creative Development Executive| FREELANCE

October 2018 – Present

Develop scripted and unscripted series, media strategy and production for various entities

Creative Director/Producer | RYOT

December 2016 – October 2018

Oversee creative for productions that include short and long-form documentaries, white label and branded content, VR/Augmented Reality and 360 video storytelling


Field Producer | JARRETT CREATIVE 

July 2016

Produced two episodes of mystery series for Oxygen Network


Supervising Producer | VICE |

June 2015 to June 2016

Supervised the labs team for Viceland where we created short videos for the channel


Producer | CBS NEWS

March 2013 to May 2015

60 Minutes Digital Media Producer/social media producer/writer

Editorial Assistant to the Vice President of News, CBS News

AP Foreign Desk



June 2012 to Jan. 2013


Weekly AP/Weekend Producer, Field and Series Unit

Associate Producer | CNN IN AMERICA UNIT, NYC & ATLANTA| Jan. 2012 to June 2012

In America, digital blog



University Of Southern California, Los Angeles CA


Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Law Media Policy


New York University, New York, NY

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

Masters of Arts in News and Documentary



Computer Skills: Avid editing software, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, CMS3



Languages: Amharic, the native language of Ethiopia. Expert in producing 360/VR video and well versed in Augmented Reality storytelling


Emmy nominated producer with Good Morning America 2012

Voted one of the top 28 influential black leaders by Inspiration For Black People, which was featured on Blavity.


Former Host of The Africa Collective


Filmed, edited produced and directed documentaries in Ethiopia, Africa, Somaliland and the U.S.:


Writer HUFFPOST BLOGS | October 2012 to 2017


Assistant Teacher | NYU | September 2010 to June. 2011


Student Tech Assistant and Taught Final Cut Pro/ newsroom studio assistant



I cofounded an organization called Advocates for Inclusion in Media (AIM), which supports underrepresented people in media.


We have now grown into a network of over 600 industry professionals with sponsorships from Google News Lab, Oath: RYOT, and Matter and hope to continue to help change the landscape of media for the better.


I am also on the leadership committee for Women In Film Revolution, which is an organization comprised of over 80 women leaders in media who focus on parity.