My name is Megann Horstead, and I am a freelance news reporter with a strong digital-first mentality. I have worked hard to hone skills in my craft over the years, with the goal to become a top candidate for journalism jobs. I earned a journalism degree from North Central College, a liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois. My byline has been featured in the news for the Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald, The Herald-News, Morris Herald-News, My Suburban Life, WSPY News, WCSJ News and more. It is my hope to become a full-time staff reporter. Highlights from my resume include:
Coordinate and conduct interviews via email, phone and in person
Exhibit clear ability to write across media
Daily management of social media accounts
Demonstrate solid skills in photojournalism
Possess sound working knowledge of AP Style
2,000-plus articles produced for print, online and broadcast radio news
Maintain proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office suites
If interested in working with me, feel free to contact me.
Kevin Solari, former editor at DeKalb Daily Chronicle
You were a reporter who came up with good ideas and produced well-reported stories.
Jan Quillman, Joliet councilwoman
She comes to those council meetings all the time. She writes her stories. She's very accurate. She doesn't make stuff up. She doesn't twist people's words. She writes what people actually say instead of trying to put a spin on it.
Marney Simon, former editor at Morris Herald-News
Your writing is very clean and well done.
What I Do
Blogging Social Media
Audio Video Branding