Resume

LA Weekly, Los Angeles, CA |July 2017-present | Freelance Writer

  • Pitch original news features.

NBC News Asian America, Los Angeles, CA | July 2014-present | Freelance Writer, Contributor

  • Pitch and report original features and full spreads for national vertical catered to Asian American news. (1-2 million per month reach).
  • Gather multimedia content (tweets, photographs, videos); conceptualize digital layout with editor.
  • My stories have been consistently promoted on NBC News’ Facebook and Twitter pages: (6 million+ subscribers).
  • Collaborate with public relations, respond to press release pitches, and schedule high-profile interviews.

VICE Tonic, Los Angeles, CA | March 2017-June 2017

Freelance Writer

  • Pitched and reported original stories covering health, sexual education, and mental health: https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/contributor/monica-luhar

KCET-LinkTV, Burbank, CA | May 2014-December 2016                                                               Site and Social Media Editor

  • Managed all multimedia operations for KCET’s Emmy award-winning TV show
  • Uploaded, drafted, and published web extras and episodes using Drupal Content Management System
  • Selected field production photos, created show teasers and loglines for broadcast segments
  • Curated, scheduled, drafted, and published daily social media copy; managed monthly social media budget; responsible for also managing social media budget for grant-based environmental TV specials.
  • Edited, uploaded, and encoded web videos using Adobe Premiere Pro; retrieve closed captioning files
  • Curated, edited and uploaded weekly Apple TV and Roku channel playlists via Brightcove
  • Responsible for tracking all acquired broadcast segment contracts.
  • Produced digital copy for Election and Drought Specials; coordinated promos with Public Relations
  • Reported and pitched 60+ web stories for “Agenda,” news and policy blog for KCET
  • Migrated thousands of pages of kcet.org digital content during site-wide content migration
  • Assisted with launch of Coastal Trail KCET.org project/assisted executive digital producer with Google Fusion tables

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), Pasadena, CA | June 2013-May 2014           Digital News Assistant, Web Production and Engagement

  • Wrote engaging and informative copy for KPCC’s mobile, web, and social media platforms daily.
  • Reported 80+ original news, features, and entertainment previews under strict deadlines.
  • Monitored breaking news feeds: AP Exchange, CNS and posted accurate and timely news stories.
  • Served as fill-in social media, mobile and digital show producer.
  • Produced 30-60 second “cut and copy” posts for radio; transcribed interviews and produced show teasers for segments airing on KPCC’s two shows: AirTalk and Take Two.
  • Selected Getty Images and AP photos for KPCC’s iPad app and website; uploaded content to KPCC’s Content Management System.
  • Copyedited headlines, captions and stories; prepared newsletter through Eloqua and MailChimp.

India-West Newspaper, Greater Los Angeles area, CA | November 2011-May 2014           Staff Reporter, Web Content Producer, Editorial Assistant

  • Published 150+ original reported articles in print and online; copyedited headlines, captions using AP Style.
  • Managed India-West’s website; posted AP, IANS wire stories using Content Management System.

Freelance Reporter, Los Angeles, California | June 2011-present

  • Published 200+ web and print stories for various hyperlocal, weekly, national newspapers, and online media sites: NBC News Asian America, Patch.com, Alhambra Source, Southern California Public Radio, OC Weekly, New America Media, Pacific Citizen, and others.

UC Irvine Career Center, Irvine, California | September 2008-June 2011                         Student Resource Assistant/Peer Consultant

  • Assisted students with career resources; conducted mock interviews with students; critiqued, edited resumes.
  • Scheduled counseling appointments, set up booths during Career Fests and Fairs and connected employers to students.
  • Handled cash, check, and credit payments for UCI’s job database services.

Education

University of California, Irvine – B.A., Literary Journalism                          June 2011