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Resume

Cody Kitaura, multimedia journalist. View on LinkedIn

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  • I'm a multimedia journalist and communications professional with experience covering local and regional news, and even stories with international exposure. I've worked at a number of Sacramento-area news outlets and most recently as a public information officer for the California State Board of Equalization. I'm also vice president of the Sacramento Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. I've led data-driven reporting projects, trained dozens of editors on how to produce better video, built social media followings and represented my company on panels and at marketing events.

experience

  • Content Provider and Strategist. UC Davis. 2014 – Present. Wrote for faculty-staff publication and alumni magazine, helped plan marketing campaigns and redesign of magazine.
  • Public Information Officer. California State Board of Equalization. 2014 – 2014. Wrote press releases, fact sheets, communication strategies and elected officials' talking points. Helped to organize news conferences and oversee social media efforts. Edited publications and other public communications.
  • Senior Local Editor. Patch. 2010 – 2014. Launched a hyperlocal news site and grew its monthly traffic to half of the town’s population; led regional data-driven reporting projects and video-production trainings for all northern California editors; had stories picked up by AOL and The Huffington Post for national distribution; promoted the site at marketing events.
  • Staff Writer. Elk Grove Citizen. 2009 – 2010. Closely covered city government activities, community events and breaking news, utilizing multimedia.
  • Freelance Writer. Lincoln News Messenger. 2009 – 2009. Wrote stories on short notice dealing with complex local government issues, environmental disputes and local business.
  • Online Managing Editor. The State Hornet, California State University, Sacramento. 2007 – 2008. Led redesign of website. Produced and edited video, podcasts and audio slideshows. Guided and evaluated section editors.

education

  • California State University, Sacramento – bachelor's degree in journalism, Magna Cum Laude.

organizations

  • Asian American Journalists Association – member, June 2008 – present; Sacramento chapter secretary, 2011; Sacramento Chapter vice president, 2012 - present.
  • Asian American Journalists Association Executive Leadership Program graduate, 2013
  • Online News Association – member, 2011 – present.
  • Society of Professional Journalists – Reporters Institute graduate, 2011

Writing

I love telling the stories of ordinary people, as well as digging through mountains of data to find the interesting stuff.

Rosemont Patch: "Bringing Elmo to Juvenile Hall"

Some residents in Sacramento County Juvenile Hall improve their reading and writing skills, some earn their GEDs and some learn to play peek-a-boo.

Elk Grove Citizen: "Fight against group homes echoes past efforts, presents challenges"

Three ordinary-looking houses in Elk Grove are about to get a lot more attention.

Rosemont Patch: "Parents at Two SCUSD Schools Skip Vaccines More Often"

It took Karen Zampa three tries, but she finally gave her kids chicken pox.

Rosemont Patch: "Einstein and Rosemont Step Up Recruiting Efforts"

When the final bell rings at Albert Einstein Middle School, the principal dashes out the door. But he's not headed home–he's off to the crosswalk.

Rosemont Patch: "Interactive Map- See How Many Concealed Weapon Permit Holders Live in Your ZIP Code"

Not counting members of law enforcement, there are more than 450 people in Sacramento County authorized to carry a concealed weapon. Of those, five live in Rosemont.

Elk Grove Patch: "In Debate, Lungren and Bera Spar Over Jobs, Healthcare, Washington Influences"

In the first skirmish of a hotly contested Congressional race, Elk Grove resident and Democrat Ami Bera and Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) traded jabs over medicare, jobs and outside influences on Washington in a televised debate Tuesday in Sacramento.

Contact

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Via Email

codytoshiro [at] gmail.com


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