Timothy D. Bella - Journalist. Editor. social & analytics consultant.

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JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

Al Jazeera America, Senior Digital Producer/Editor and Features Journalist | June 2013-April 2016 Washington, D.C.

Produced, reported from the field and edited and developed long-form digital features, investigations and TV pieces for “America Tonight,” the network’s Emmy-nominated nightly newsmagazine. Managed a team of six. Pushed out Facebook content to close to 100 million users in AJAM’s final months. Increased Facebook video traffic by more than 10,000 percent year over year. Reported on a number of issues, including race, abortion and concussions.

 

Untitled Tiger Woods Biography, Researcher/Reporter | November 2015-Present Washington, D.C.

One of the lead researchers and reporters on the upcoming Tiger Woods biography, authored by Armen Keteyian of “60 Minutes Sports” and Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated. Interviewing characters and building research databases.

 

“The System,” Lead Researcher, Reporter | January 2012-April 2013 New York, N.Y.

Lead researcher on the New York Times’ best-selling book on the world of big-time college football, authored by Armen Keteyian of “60 Minutes Sports” and Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated. Interviewed more than 50 people, wrote a chapter and reported and researched every chapter.

 

CBS News, Digital Content Producer | September 2011-June 2013 New York, N.Y.

Responsible for high marks in traffic for the network’s national and local digital platforms, reporting on politics.

 

The Atlantic, Freelance Features Contributor | September 2011-June 2013 New York, N.Y.

Covered news, sports and politics for TheAtlantic.com. Project topics included American Airlines Flight 587, millennial Mormons’ relationship with Mitt Romney, and a golf school that rehabs amputee veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

The Wall Street Journal, Online Contributor | March 2010-August 2010 New York, N.Y.

Blogged three times a week on sports. Covered statistical, financial aspects of the Masters, the Final Four, and World Cup.

 

ESPN The Magazine, Investigative Researcher | August 2008-February 2010 New York, N.Y.

Participated in several investigations for the enterprise unit, including the Marvin Harrison shooting investigation.

 

ProPublica, Editorial Intern | June 2008-September 2008 New York, N.Y

Reported and researched on the Aafia Siddiqui case and fatal levels of formaldehyde in FEMA trailers post-Katrina. Daily public-record research and computer-assisted reporting.

 

EDUCATION

Columbia University, The Graduate School of Journalism New York, N.Y.

M.S. in Investigative Journalism – Stabile Fellow, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism | May 2011

Masters: The financial sustainability and oversight issues concerning the New York State horse racing industry. Stabile class project: Examining the Chinese International Fund’s natural resource activity with transitional African regimes.

 

Texas Christian University, The Schieffer School of Journalism Fort Worth, Texas

B.S. in News-Editorial Journalism (minor in Political Science) | May 2008

SPJ Mark of Excellence Award Winner. Sports Editor, The Daily Skiff. Political Science work: Local and state politics.

 

SKILLS

Multimedia: Pro Tools, Photoshop, Audacity, Bridge, Photo Mechanic, Avid, Medium, Slack, Getty Images, AP Images

Technical: LexisNexis, Factiva, PACER, Accurint, DocumentCloud, CMS, Excel, WordPress, FOIA, SEO, ICRIS, SQL

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope, SocialFlow, Analytics (Chartbeat, Google, Facebook)

Honors: Best News Twitter Account” (Shorty Awards, 2014); ); SXSW Speaker, 2016 (“Life After Concussions in College Sports”); Best Long Read Mentions: Digg (July 2015, Dec. 2015, Feb. 2016), Sports Illustrated (April 2015, Feb. 2016), The Sunday Long Read (Feb. 2016), The Daily Beast (Dec. 2014)

 

REFERENCES

Armen Keteyian, Chief Investigative Correspondent for CBS News and "60 Minutes Sports"

Jeff Benedict, Author and Special Contributor for Sports Illustrated

Steve Turnham, Senior Executive Producer for "America Tonight"

Joie Chen, Host for "America Tonight"