Victoria R. Knight

EDUCATION

University of Georgia - August 2016 to May 2018                  
M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Concentration in Health & Medical Journalism
· Graduate Certificate in Global Public Health

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - August 2010 to May 2014
B.S. in Biological Sciences with Honors, Minor in English Literature
· Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Chancellor’s Honors Program Member

HONORS AND AWARDS

· ORISE/ORAU Award of Excellence - April 2016/December 2015
· ORISE/ORAU On the Spot Award for Excellent Feature Writing - October 2014
· J. Paul Blakely Undergraduate Science Writing Award of Merit from the East Tennessee    Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication - April 2014
· University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Honors Citation for Extraordinary Community Service - April 2014
· University of Tennessee BRIDGE Research Grant & Undergraduate Research Award - May 2012

JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE

University of Georgia, WUGA-FM 91.7 and 97.9 - Athens, GA
News Graduate Assistant, August 2016 - present
·       Report local science and health news stories and features  
·       Produce a weekly Georgia Health News segment with Andy Miller, Atlanta-based  health journalist
·       Update WUGA-FM website with local and state news stories
·       Assist news reporter with interviews, scheduling, news research, and audio production

CNN Health Unit - Atlanta, GA
Health News Intern, June 2017 - August 2017
·       Reported and wrote national health news stories for CNN.com/health
·       Assisted with video shoots for health broadcast team
·       Uploaded digital stories in content management system for website

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)/ORAU - Oak Ridge, TN Communications & Social Media Specialist, January 2015 - July 2016                            ·       Created strategic plan to increase expansion of social media accounts
·       Produced original creative content for all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
·       Wrote, copy-edited and designed weekly newsletters, program documents, website updates and government reports  
·       Photographed research program participants and various events

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)/ORAU - Oak Ridge, TN
Science Writing Intern, June 2014 – December 2014
·       Wrote and edited features detailing scientific research of participants in ORISE programs
·       Conducted and coordinated internal communications efforts, including designing and composing newsletters and updating social media 

University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
The Daily Beacon Columnist, August 2013 – May 2014
·       Wrote an original weekly opinion column, Knight Errant, for the student newspaper

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

University of Tennessee, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology - Knoxville, TN
Research & Laboratory Assistant with Dr. Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes, August 2010–May 2014
·       Conducted molecular biology research on insect resistance to transgenic crops
·       Maintained multiple insect colonies and plants for graduate student experiments

University of Georgia, Department of Entomology - Athens, GA
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Research Assistant with Dr. Michael R. Strand, May 2013-July 2013
·       Conducted research on the gut microbiome of the yellow fever mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, and its response to changing environments

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Association of Health Care Journalists - January 2017

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Athens Science Café – Vice President of Marketing and Social Media - October 2016                                

WUOG, UGA Student Radio Station News Show – Weekly News Anchor - January 2017