Portland, OR

winstonross22 at gmail dot com

Twitter: @winston_ross

IG: @winstonkross

EXPERIENCE

Newsweek

June 2015 — June 2016 Senior Writer

I wrote features and culture pieces for the U.S. edition.

January 2015 – June 2015 — Europe Correspondent

For nine glorious months, I wandered Europe in search of good stories, from the refugee crisis to true love in Amsterdam to the death of Venice. Bylines from Spain, Germany, Austria, the French Alps, Paris, The Netherlands and Italy.

Various publications

October 2013­ – January 2015  — Freelance writer
After 14 years tethered, I became a rogue agent, writing for Newsweek,Vocativ, National Journal, Time and other outlets.

University of Oregon

September 2012-­Current — Adjunct Instructor
I taught a single term of Reporting 1 in the fall term of 2012 before The Daily Beast work got a little out of hand, but I’ll return to the classroom soon.

Lane Community College

Spring 2014 — Faculty advisor, The Torch
Recently accepted a part-­time position at LCC to oversee the student newspaper there.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast

September 2012-­October 2013 — National Correspondent
An invaluable immersion into the world of digital journalism. Daily I learned new things about how to identify stories that stand out from the crush of other options, especially on topics that are already trending. My bailiwicks: how emerging technology is changing our lives, alternative culture (weed + hackers) and breaking news of all stripes.

The Daily Beast

Weird crime reporter — March 2010-­September 2012

For most of this stringer gig, I mined breaking news for possible ways to flush out a good backstory. As it happened, many involved weird crime. I have some scattered expertise about the difference between serial killers and mass murderers, for example.

The Register­-Guard

Coastal/outlying areas reporter — 2003­-2012

Say what you will about newspapers, but this was the last place I worked willing to set aside months at a time for investigative journalism. My swan song here was a SABEW Award­-winning four-­part series on how the State of Oregon blew $160­-plus million on a highway project to straighten 5 and a half miles of highway in the middle of the Coast Range.

Newsweek.com

Pacific Northwest stringer — 2002­-2010
Someday I’ll tell you the great origin story of how I started stringing for Newsweek, where I learned everything I know now about writing for a national audience and in magazine style. This is still probably my favorite story ever.

The Spokesman­-Review

General assignment reporter — 2000­-2003
My first full­-time gig and a half-­dozen beats covered in those first few years: social issues, health, education, general assignment. Great news vortex in the Inland Northwest.

The Kansas City Star

Intern, then weekends reporter — 1999

The Anniston Star

Intern — 1998

EDUCATION

University of Missouri­-Columbia Bachelor of Journalism, December 1999

AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS

2013 — Society of American Business Editors and Writers, first place, investigative reporting, for a four­-part series on a state highway project, “5 1⁄2 Miles of Trouble.”

2013 — Society of Professional Journalists, first place, investigative reporting, for “5 1⁄2 Miles of Trouble.”

2012 — Society of Professional Journalists, second place, government and political reporting, for a series on the fiscal collapse of Oakridge, Ore., “Outrage in Oakridge.”

2011 — Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, first place, spot news, for a story about a boy rescued after getting lost on the Oregon Coast.

2010 — Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, first place, general feature, for a series of stories about a troubled Coos Bay teenager who killed his father’s girlfriend.

2008 — Society of American Business Editors and Writers, first place, project reporting, for a series about the country’s largest seafood processor, Pacific Seafood, and it’s monopolistic ways.

2006 — Finalist, Livingston Awards, for a series about Japan’s tsunami preparedness efforts.

2005 — World Affairs Fellow, International Center for Journalists, a three­-week trip to Japan to study tsunami awareness.

2001-­2003 — Idaho Press Club, seven first­-place awards.

2001 — Casey Journalism Fellow, University of Southern California.

1999 — James D. Atwater prize, for best writing in the journalism school, a first­-person piece about a near­=fatal backpacking trip in Texas.

1999 — Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, web design award, for a piece on a local blues club.

1998 — Hearst Award, for the backpacking story.

SKILLS
Photography (I shot most of my own photos at the RG and they’re actually good!)

Videography (I’ve shot and edited several video pieces to accompany stories both at the newspaper and at the Beast.)

Social Media (I understand it and use it to find sources, stories and to make sure mine and other good journalism gets spread around.)

Data (I know how to map and mine it for information and stories.)

Public Records (I know how to ask for them, insist on them and use them.)

REFERENCES

Email me, please. My references would murder me if I gave their contacts to spambots.

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