Resume

ELISE MENAKER

Email: emenaker44@gmail.com Phone: 847-370-5473
Website: EliseMenaker.com

Education

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, M.S.J. December 2012 (GPA 3.88/4.0)
Bloomberg Scholar, 2012
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Governors’ Scholar, 2012
Member of Kappa Tau Alpha, national journalism society (top 10 percent)

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, B.S., 2010 (GPA 3.76/4.0), graduated with honors, magna cum laude.
Major: Communication Minor: French
Second City Improvisation One-Year Program, 2012-2013

Work Experience

WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee, WI), Sports Anchor/Reporter
June 2015 – Present

NBC/WAND -TV (Decatur, IL), Anchor/Reporter
February 2013 – May 2015
     1st place, AP Award for Best Hard News Feature: “After the Storm”

• WAND Today morning co-anchor, two-hour newscast
• Fill-in sports anchor/producer
• Develop, shoot, write, edit and produce stories for Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker
• Write, edit and produce “Illini in the Pros” segment for Inside the Illini weekly show
• Shoot, edit, write, produce stories for the top of four evening and nightly newscasts
• Cover enterprise stories, sports news pieces, sports stories, record snowfall and severe storms
• Live shots, live interviews, breaking news and set pieces

Big Ten Network Women’s Tennis B1G Championship color analyst                                                                                               April 2015

IHSA TV (Normal, IL), Sideline Reporter/Host/Contributor
November 2010, 2012, March 2015

• Live sideline reports and interviews for Illinois high school girls basketball class 3A and 4A state finals
• Announced show open, halftime reports and three-point contest
• Developed feature stories that aired during high school football championships

Medill News Service, Reporter/Anchor/Producer
March – August 2012

• Produced print and video enterprise and breaking news stories daily
• Produced 30-minute newscasts that appeared on Evanston cable, NUTV, and on the web
• Reported on in-depth business and investigative stories
• Edited and organized web content

National Football Post, Intern
September 2011 – January 2012

• Managed NFP Friday Forecast (start-up launched in fall 2011)
• Edited website material (contributions from 32 football beat writers, NFP contributors)
• Screened and wrote highlights of Sunday’s NFL games for website

ABC/KMIZ-TV, (Columbia, MO), Reporter
January – August 2011

• Shot, edited, wrote, produced stories for the top of five evening, nightly and morning newscasts
• Covered major stories: historic blizzard, heat wave and Joplin tornado
• Live shots and set pieces for city’s number one newscast

Time Out Chicago Magazine, Blackhawks Convention Video Correspondent
July 2011, 2012

Professional Softball Player and Coach, Skövde, Sweden
Summer 2010

ABC/WLS-TV (ranked #1 in Chicago), Sports Department Intern
Summer 2009

• Interviewed key Sox players after Mark Buehrle pitched perfect game
• Interviewed Blackhawks’ President, General Manager and players at hockey convention
• Interviewed Milton Bradley, John Grabow and other Cubs’ players in locker room
• Assisted cameramen at Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, Bulls events
• Logged MLB, NBA, WNBA, PGA, NHL, NFL games and practices; helped with highlight reels

Intersport, international sports marketing firm, Chicago, Events Intern
Summer 2008

Chicago Magazine; CS Modern Luxury Magazine, Marketing Intern
Summer 2004, 2005, 2007

Cornell University Women’s Varsity Softball Team (Co-Captain, 2009-10)
2006 – 2010

• 2008, 2010 First Team All Ivy League, 2008 Team MVP for NCAA Division I softball team
• Among team leaders in numerous offensive categories; 2010 MVP Offensive Player

Vice President and Co-Founder, Slope Magazine at Cornell University
2006 – 2007

Studied in Paris and Strasbourg, France
Summer, 2004

Skills

Proficient in Final Cut Pro 10x, Edius, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier Elements 9.0, Camera 200 series, Essential News Product System (ENPS), iNews, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Word Press, Twitter, Facebook, Conversational in French