Tom’s Resume

Summary of Qualifications & Experience

Content producer with high level experience creating broadcast quality video and written deliverables designed to build brands, educate and inform internal and external stakeholders and support sales and marketing. Success in a highly competitive marketplace with $50-$90k in annual outside sales from 2007 – 2013.

Creative thinker with substantial large team experience as a writer, content developer and creative. Ability to effectively work across departmental divisions to integrate relevant information and strategic messaging into targeted content. Has taken hundreds of projects and assignments from nothing, to something – never having missed a deadline.

Builds compelling multi-media content for blogs, broadcast, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, press releases, newspaper opinion and editorial, websites, catalogs, brochures, reports, newsletters, promotions and Intranet sites. Deadline driven video producer executing planning, writing, shooting, editing, coding and presentation functions for broadcast quality video content.

Extensive media experience. Gathering, writing and delivering award winning TV news and special programming content as a reporter and anchor in six markets across the United States. Production and event coordination. Media relations. Media training and coaching. Media analyst for CBS radio. Former columnist for Puyallup Herald and former Media Monkey blogger for Seattle PI.


10/1/13 – Present: Managing Editor KBTC-TV

KBTC – Emmy award winning producer, reporter, videographer, editor and host of Northwest Now­ – a weekly public affairs television show. Responsible for all elements of editorial content and presentation including all field reporting, videography, booking, writing, hosting and final show assembly. On the team responsible for maintenance of the program’s website and social media engagement strategy.  Involved in creating collateral for outside productions, participating in grant writing, public appearances, technical management and equipment acquisition, workflow development, internal policy development, and advising on curriculum.

1/1/07 – 9/30/13: President, New Media Solutions 

KBTC – As a contractor, relaunched the Northwest Now program. Reformatted the program, updated the entire production and added elements to bring the program up to broadcast standards. Won an Emmy for public affairs. Nominated for several more Emmys including two Full Focus documentaries.

Griot’s Garage – Completed more than 80 video projects for company e-commerce and social media sites resulting in 100,000+ views with the goal of bringing otherwise static products to life and engaging customers.

Apple Physical Therapy – Completed more than 20 video projects for the company’s website and Youtube channel in eight months including a video that helped bring about the best recruiting year in company history. Brought the, “When it Hurts, We’re Here” tagline to the company. Specialized in marketing services by creating stories told through the testimonials and experiences of real patients.

Advanced Broadcast Solutions – Produced an award-winning monthly magazine style webcast to support the company’s sales and marketing efforts and to build relationships with suppliers and clients. Writing for brochures and client communications. Video for supplier (Genelec) received 20,000 Youtube views. Brought the, “Telling Stories with Technology” tag line to the brand.

Windermere Puyallup/CR -Managed and executed all major internal and external communications programs for the largest office in the system with 150+ agents and staff including creating all video-based and written content for the web, Comcast TV and live streaming. Writing for press releases, blogs, internal policy watches, training and change management. The award-winning Homes Northwest received 4,000 views per month and was the top rated externally produced program on Comcast’s Spotlight platform during its 19 month run.

Comcast ­– Produced TV/webcast programs including Tacoma Rainier’s Insider, Never Too Late, and the award winning Made in Washington for distribution on the Spotlight on-demand platform.

Cascade Christian Schools – Produced award-winning video series that resulted in more than 10,000 views tied into the school’s recruiting campaign.

Other clients – Bethel School District, Communities in Schools of Tacoma, BLRB Architecture.

2001 – 2006: Anchor, News 12 New Jersey
Gathered, wrote and presented award-winning TV news and special projects content for News 12 Networks – the 24-hour regional cable news outlet in the New York/New Jersey area specializing in personal financial writing through the award winning It’s Your Money franchise. Extensive wall to wall live breaking news coverage as a lead anchor. Award winning special projects producer. Extensive public speaking and community outreach. Writing coach and mentor. Produced and hosted Town Meetings and developed content for political programs and helped plan political coverage. Poynter Institute attendee. Past President of the New Jersey Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association.

1996 – 2001: Anchor/Reporter, WSYX-TV
Gathered, wrote and presented TV news content as the weekend anchor and a field reporter at WSYX-TV in Columbus, Ohio. Extensive Statehouse and political coverage along with breaking news, local government, crime and general assignment reporting.

1984 – 1996: Reporter, KIMA-TV, WTHI-TV, WAVE-TV, KOVR-TV
Enterprised TV news content as a field reporter for the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, California and stations in Louisville, KY, Terre Haute, IN and Yakima, WA. Beats included the environment, crime and courts, the legislature, policy, and water resources. Extensive development of video production, writing, enterprise and research skills. Provided coverage in a wide variety of high pressure, live, breaking news stories.


Pacific Lutheran University, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Communications
University of Missouri, graduate studies in media management. GPA: 4.0


2024 Bronze Telly: Breaking the Barriers – A Northwest Now Special
2023 Excellence in Journalism (SPJ) 1st place, Racing Into the Past
2023 Bronze Telly: Racing Into the Past
2021 Bronze Telly: Making the Connections – A Northwest Now Special
2020 Excellence in Journalism (SPJ): 1st place, Picking Up the Past
2020 Silver & Bronze Telly: Picking Up the Past – A Northwest Now special
2019 Silver Telly: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release – A Northwest Now special
2019 Excellence in Journalism (SPJ): 1st place, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
2018 Excellence in Journalism (SPJ): 1st place, Shorelines of Stone
2018 Silver Telly: Northwest Now, Earthrise
2018 Bronze Telly: Northwest Now, Shorelines of Stone
2017 Excellence in Journalism (SPJ): 1st place, The Casket Maker
2017 Telly: Northwest Now, The Casket Maker
2016 Telly: Northwest Now, Saving the Salmon
2014 Telly: Northwest Now, Vicci Martinez
2014 Telly: Northwest Now, I-522
2014 Telly: No Excuses University
2013 Telly: Full Focus, A Beautiful Life
2013 Excellence in Journalism (SPJ): 1st, 2nd, 3rd places in General News
2012 Telly: Patient Stories
2012 Emmy: Northwest Now, Public Affairs Program
2012 Platinum Hermes: Full Focus, Project Comet
2012 Hermes: Kade’s Story, Apple Physical Therapy
2011 Telly: Made in Washington
2011 Hermes: ABSTV
2010 Telly: ABSTV
2009 Telly: Who We Are, What We Believe
2009 Hermes: Homes Northwest
2009 Hermes: Who We Are, What We Believe
2008 Hermes: Windermere on the Web – Home Tours
2006 Telly Silver: 9-11 Families
2006 Telly Bronze: It’s Your Money Nightly
2006 Telly Bronze: Bridging the Gap
2006 Associated Press: Anchored Best Newscast award winner
2005 NY Press Club: Winner, business reporting for It’s Your Money
2004 SPJ: Deadline Club (NYC Chapter) Best Feature for Bridging the Gap
2004 SPJ: Deadline Club (NYC Chapter) Finalist for It’s Your Money
2004 Telly Bronze: Best Feature for The Wright Stuff
2003 Telly Bronze: Best Documentary for Making A Marine
2003 Telly Silver: Best Feature for Making A Marine
2003 Associated Press: Honorable mention for Making A Marine
2002 Associated Press: Defense is Our Mission
2001 Associated Press: Best 9-11 Coverage (Team award – role: Anchor)

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Detailed Record of Employment

10/13 – Present, Managing Editor, KBTC-TV
2320 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
253-680-7700 – Supervisor: DeAnne Hamilton, General Manager

1/07 – 10/13, President, New Media Solutions
Nearly seven years full time in Puyallup, WA 98374
Supervisor: Tom Layson, President

8/01- 9/06, Main Anchor,News 12 New Jersey
450 Raritan Center Parkway, Edison, NJ 08837
732-346-3200 – Supervisor: Jonathan Knopf, no longer at station

4/96 – 5/01 Weekend Anchor, WSYX/WTTE
1261 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215
614-481-6666 – Supervisor: Mike Hevel, no longer at station

9/89 – 4/96 Reporter, KOVR
2713 KOVR Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95605
916-374-1313 – Supervisor: Mike Ferring, retired

9/88 – 9/89 Reporter, WAVE
725 S. Floyd Street, Louisville, KY 40203
502.585.2201 – Supervisor: Ed Godfrey, deceased

3/87 – 9/88 Reporter,WTHI-TV
918 Ohio Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47808
812-232-9481 – Supervisor: Jim LaBranche, deceased

7/84 – 3/87 Reporter, KIMA TV
2801 Terrace Heights Dr., Yakima, WA 98901
509-575-0029 – Supervisor: T.J. Close, deceased