Liz Palka Resume

Journalist and Communications Professional
About
I'm a passionate storyteller, seasoned public speaker and impactful writer, who stays calm under pressure and builds trusting contacts and relationships in my community. After more than ten years in journalism, I have extensive knowledge in handling evolving news stories while communicating with thousands of social media followers.
Noteworthy Skills
  • Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Video editing
  • (AVID, Final Cut Pro, Dalet, Edius)
  • Photography and Videography
  • Microsoft Office
Education
Elon University - Class of 2008
B.A. in Broadcast Communications
Minor - Political Science

Awards
EMMY Nomination (2015, 2016)
National Press Photographers Association Recognition

Work Experience
WUSA 9
Multi-Skilled Journalist
August 2018 - Present

  • Reporter for early evening shows for Washington, DC CBS affiliate
  • Research and pitch enterprise story ideas then shoot, edit, write and present them
  • Edit video using sound and photos to tell story
Voice of America
Radio News Anchor
May 2017 - Present

  • Write and present live, hourly newscasts heard on an international level, while monitoring breaking news and feeds
  • Edit audio and run soundboard for five minute newscast
Hearst Washington News Bureau
Freelance National Correspondent
November 2016 - Present

  • Prepare and present political stories, live talkbacks for 26 Hearst television stations that reach 18% of U.S. households
  • Research, write and present stories involving complicated issues for syndicated political magazine program "Matter of Fact" with Soledad O'Brien
Previous Experience
WAVY News 10
General Assignment Reporter
November 2011 - June 2016

  • Appeared on top rated 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows, while extensively covering city government, transportation issues, Virginia politics, viewer concerns, crime and breaking news
  • Wrote daily articles for WAVY.com
  • Kept active Facebook and Twitter accounts with a combined 5,000+ followers
  • Used social media to engage viewers, gain story tips and spread information
WFMY News 2
Multimedia Journalist
October 2010 - November 2011

  • Researched, shot video, conducted interviews, wrote, edited and reported all my own stories
  • Covered 2011 tornadoes that devastated the Piedmont Triad, as well as other community issues
  • Wrote daily web articles
WCAV - Charlottesville Newsplex
General Assignment Reporter
August 2008 - September 2010

  • Covered major, national stories that led to appearances on network television
  • Early user of Twitter to disseminate news updates
Previous Experience
Hurricane Katrina and Emergency Broadcasting
  • Spent January 2008 researching the use of radio for emergency broadcasting during Hurricane Katrina
  • Researched storm and response, then traveled to New Orleans for interviews and more research
  • Along with classmates, co-authored “This is an Emergency: Radio in the Eye of the Storm”
Lambda Pi Eta
  • National Communication Society
Internships
  • WGHP FOX 8         Fall 2007
  • WUSA 9                  Summer 2006