Jennifer Liberto

I'm an award-winning digital journalist with experience writing, editing and coordinating political and financial news coverage for a broad national audience across multiple platforms. I've also covered federal courts, state and local government, natural disasters, and more.

Professional

Freelance

Washington, D.C. | August 2014 – present

Covering business, economic, political and other news around the country.

CNNMoney

Washington, D.C. | Senior Writer, Producer | March 2009 – August 2014

Covered the financial crisis, including bailouts of auto and financial industries. Regularly cover the intersection of business and politics for CNN and CNNMoney, including the U.S. economy, tax policy, Wall Street, Federal Reserve, the federal budget and student loans. Coordinate business news coverage between digital and TV newsrooms.

St. Petersburg Times

Tampa & Tallahassee, Florida | Senior Writer, Producer | June 2002 – February 2009

Worked in Tallahassee and Tampa on the national political team covering politics, the legislature, courts and business news.

Freelancer

New York | June 2001 – May 2002

Wrote stories for SELF, Salon.com and American Lawyer. Edited part-time for Us Weekly magazine.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Little Rock | Staff Writer | January 1999 – May 2001

Covered labor issues and agriculture for business desk and city hall for metro desk.

Mother Jones

San Francisco | Investigative Reporter | June - November 1998

Covered campaign finance.

Internships

The Times Picayune, New Orleans (June - September 1997)covered Mandeville, La.

The Miami Herald (January - March 1997)covered breaking news and spring elections

The Plain Dealer, Washington, D.C. (September - December 1996)covered Congress

Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho (June - September 1996)city and Hispanic issues

Clarion Herald, New Orleans (June - September 1995)wrote features

Education

Northwestern University

Medill School of Journalism | Evanston, Illinois | B.S., June 1998

Double major: Journalism and Latin American history. Investigated wrongly convicted death row inmates with Prof. David Protess in precursor to the Medill Innocence Project. Daily Northwestern city desk editor.

Skills

Experience with multiple content management systems, using social media to engage audiences and publicize work, photography, Adobe Photoshop, video editing software and basic data analysis using spreadsheets and relational databases. Understand and speak basic Spanish.

Awards

Eppy Award, 2013 & 2012 (Editor & Publisher) Best Business/Finance Website, team coverage

Best in Business, Breaking News, 2011 (Society of Business Editors and Writers) Team coverage for “Dow Plunges 635 points on August 8”

George Foster Peabody Award, 2011 Team coverage of 2010 Gulf Oil spill; reported and wrote pieces on oil and gas industry in Washington.

National Press Foundation Fellowship, 2010 Attended Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists at the University of Pennsylvania.

Award of Excellence, 2005 (SPJ Mid Florida chapter)First place in business reporting for a story about Wal-Mart’s unchecked growth in Hernando County.

Award of Excellence, 2003 (SPJ Mid Florida chapter)First place in consumer reporting for investigating how an air conditioning company exploited the elderly


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