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Ladan Nekoomaram


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American University, Washington, D.C.  Master of Arts, Journalism, May 2010.

DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.  Bachelor of Arts, English Writing, May 2009.  Minor: History

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Institute on Political Journalism. June-August 2009.


Mercatus Center at George Mason University (February 2012-Present)

New Media Manager, Arlington, V.A.

  • Manage online marketing strategy for Mercatus products
  • Manage content on Mercatus websites and coordinate web projects with developers
  • Manage Mercatus-brand social media strategy and quality control
  • Manage email marketing for events and programs, list building and analytics
  • Run social and Google advertising campaigns for Mercatus research initiatives

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (November 2010-February 2012)

Online Communications Assistant, Washington, D.C.

  • Produced online content and helped launch the massive redesign of
  • Ran AEI’s social media campaigns, including Facebook and Twitter accounts and Facebook advertising
  • Produced AEI Today, the company’s most highly-distributed daily newsletter every morning on deadline
  • Assisted in promotions strategy across multiple platforms, analytics of online assets, and website fixes

Hearst Corporation (September-November 2010)

Part-time multimedia reporter, Washington, D.C.

  • Create multimedia packages for Houston Chronicle’s website and blogs
  • Report on beat issues including energy, education and immigration
  • Update website and social media for Texas on the Potomac/NY on the Potomac

Radio Free Europe (January 2010-September 2010)

News Department and Communications Fellow, Washington, D.C.

  • Write and report for “Off Mic” “Watchdog,” “Journalists in Trouble” and “Transmissions” blogs
  • Report on foreign policy/international conferences and hearings in DC
  • Tweet for the RFE Press Room Twitter account
  • Edit daily reports from Russia and Iran
  • Assist in RFE press events

Freelance Web Editing (August 2010)

  • Editing website for Frank Smyth, D.C. Rep. for the Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Creator, writer and content developer for DC Foreign Policy Beat on TBD Community Network

The Huffington Post College (June 2010-Present)

  • Guest blogger on intern and recent graduate issues

The American Observer ( (August 2009-May 2010)

Editor in chief, multimedia, photo, copy and news editor positions

  • Write stories, produce multimedia packages and blog for weekly publication

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism (August-December 2009)

Graduate Assistant, Washington, D.C.

  • Manage and update 5 J-Lab sites and databases
  • Assist with communication and marketing projects

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (June-August 2009) 

Investigative News Intern, Washington, D.C.

  • Research, conduct interviews, assist in production for Lisa Myers and Investigative Unit producers
  • Blog published on on Iranian protests

The Cauldron Magazine, DePauw University

  • Editor-in-Chief (August 2008-May 2009)
  • Social Justice Editor and Copy Editor (August 2006-May 2008)

The DePauw University Homepage ( (February-May 2009)

  • Write profile stories for the DePauw University Homepage
  • Collaborate on design and content with Dean of Academic Affairs

91.5 WGRE Radio, DePauw University

  • News reporter and newscaster (February-May 2009)
  • Co-host of weekly radio show (August 2006-May 2007)

WTHR Channel 13, Eyewitness News  (NBC Affiliate) (June-August 2008)

News Intern, Indianapolis, IN

  • Create packages using NewsEdit video editing, do standups, and shadow reporters daily.
  • Write scripts and articles for

Indianapolis/St. Louis Woman Magazine

Editorial Intern and Freelance Writer, Indianapolis, IN

  • Write the special section “Heart Health” for the February 2009 issue (includes 7 articles).  (December 2008-February 2009)
  • Write the education feature spread (7 stories each) on Indiana and St. Louis programs. (December 2007-February 2008)
  • Write/edit the “Out and About” feature spread (6 stories) and “Happenings.” (December 2007-February 2008)

Austin Woman Magazine (August-December 2007)

Managing Editor and Editorial Assistant, Austin, TX

  • Create monthly grid with editor-in-chief, distribute writer/photographer assignments (including hiring and firing)
  • Write features stories (1,000-1,500 words), news briefs, and monthly calendar.
  • Edit all text within magazine.
  • Head of Austin Woman’s 5th Anniversary Project: wrote stories, managed writers, hired my own interns from UT.

USA Weekend Magazine (June-August 2007)

Editorial Intern, Washington D.C.

  • Write features stories, fact check articles, copy edit final proofs.
  • Research for editors and writers, database and contact updates.
  • Assist with projects and meetings, attend USA TODAY seminars.

The DePauw Newspaper, DePauw University

  • Staff Writer (August 2005-December 2006)
  • Events Photographer (February-December 2006)
  • Assistant to Copy Editor (August-December 2006)

Relevant Skills: HTML, Web Content Management Systems, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, AP style, Google Analytics, Social Media, project management, Social Advertising, Web Design, Blogging


American University Merit Award, Assistantship (August 2009-May 2010)

DePauw University Dean’s List (August 2007-May 2009)

DePauw University Holton Memorial Scholarship (August 2007-May 2009)

Letter published in TIME Magazine (November 10, 2003)

Delta Gamma Foundation Scholarship (August 2008)

Activities/Work Experience

DePauw University Academic Resource Center

  • Tutor for The Writing Center. One of fifteen hand-picked tutors based on faculty recommendations (August 2008-May 2009)

The Educational Advantage Tutoring    Carmel, IN

  • English Tutor in essay writing and grammar for high school students (June-August 2006)


  • After-School Enrichment: Reading Tutor (August 2005-May 2007)
  • Student Friend (August 2006-May 2007)
  • Delta Gamma Service for Sight (March 2006-May 2009)


  • Gap Body, Austin TX (August-December 2007 while interning full time at Austin Woman Magazine)
  • Indianapolis Pool Management: Lifeguard and Swim instructor. Carmel, IN (June-August 2006 and June-August 2008)  

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