Resume

PHIL CROSS


EDUCATION

Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Master of Science in Criminology
  • Cumulative GPA: 4.0
  • Research topics of interest criminal behavior, crime victims and ethics in policing
  • Master’s Thesis on defining key terms of solving a crime and application to high-profile criminal cases

Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications, minor in Psychology
  • Cumulative GPA:  4.0
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Outstanding Graduate in Mass Communications

EXPERIENCE

KOKH-TV  (FOX), Oklahoma City, OK

  • Investigative Reporter (April 2011 – Present)
    • Focused on corruption, cover ups and holding the powerful accountable.
    • Three-time Investigative Reporting First Place awards from the Oklahoma Associated Press
    • First place feature news reporter – Oklahoma Associated Press: “Final Act of Service”
    • Emmy-nominated Investigative half-hour special “What’s In Our Water”
    • Continued practicing news videography and editing as needed
  • Multimedia Journalist (March 2010 – April 2011)
    • General assignment reporting
    • Shot, wrote and edited news stories
    • Maintained and grew contacts withing the community
  • Reporter/Producer (March 2007 – Present):
    • General Assignment Reporter
    • Technology Team Leader
    • Produced weekend newscasts and assisted in producing duties during the weekdays

WHO – TV  (NBC), Des Moines, IA

  • Assignment Editor (August 2005 – February 2007):
    • Managed news crews, assigned stories, maintained files, monitored scanners, maintained contacts and gathered information for all newscasts.
    • Coordinated online/on-air political coverage for 2006 election.
    • Assisted in adding content to website, and filled in as web producer
    • Reported occasionally for weekend morning and evening newscast.
  • News Producer (February 2005 – August 2005):
    • Produced weekend evening newscasts and worked on top-rated morning show.
    • Work to develop story ideas for weekend newscasts as well as plan and set up interviews.
  • Additional Duties:
    • Worked as photojournalist as needed to shoot and edit on evenings and weekends.
    • Trained to shoot video from news helicopter.
    • Proficient in the use of Avid i-News and Avid Newscutter.

SPECIAL SKILLS

  • Some sniper training
  • Full working knowledge of AVID editing and newsroom programs
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Frequent winner of “Spookiest” dish at station Halloween potluck

References available upon request.

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