HI, I'M HAILLIE
I am a writer based in Phoenix, AZ, looking to tell meaningful and engaging stories of all kinds.
After earning my BA in film and before I began my professional career, I took a chance on a childhood dream and spent three years as an actor for the Walt Disney Company portraying several classic characters.
My love for storytelling expanded in all directions during my years with Disney. I was deeply moved by the vulnerability of guests who approached me — the couples who saw themselves in a fairytale, the families who’d saved for years for this moment, and the children who effortlessly positioned themselves in the fantasy world.
I carried lessons from my performance background with me throughout graduate school and approached reporting with the same curiosity as the guests who once approached me, all in pursuit of stories that speak to the very core of what make us human.
Beyond my work, I also enjoy a diligent yoga practice, learning new songs on my ukulele, and can not stop talking about my cat, Frank. Oh, and I'm also funny! Let's connect!
"See the way the handle on her pruning shears matches her gardening clogs? That's not an accident."
- American Beauty
CULTURE AND ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
OMNIENGINE / JUNE 2021 - PRESENT
Sales startup company located in Phoenix.
Create and carry out all social media strategy and content
Collaborate with all departments in projects ranging from creating engaging training material to contests and team communication.
Develop and implement employee engagement events, activities, rewards, recognition and social media programs to create a highly engaged office culture.
Design and create event branding, campaigns and marketing.
SOCIAL JUSTICE DIGITAL REPORTER
CRONKITE NEWS - ARIZONA PBS / AUG 2020 – DEC 2020
The daily news division of Arizona PBS produced by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and led by a team of award-winning journalists.
Pitched weekly story ideas and adhered to deadlines as promised.
Immersed myself in local and surrounding areas to deliver stories that celebrated the community and shed light on those in pursuit of shaping a better future.
Created social media posts to promote stories with a clear voice.
Backup host for daily smart device flash-briefing Cronkite News 2 Go
REPORTING FELLOW, WRITER, ASSISTANT PODCAST PRODUCER
NEWS21 / JANUARY 2020 – JULY 2020
A national investigative project by Carnegie-Knight and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism on the juvenile justice system.
Lead writer on investigation into presence and treatment of mental health disorders in the juvenile justice system and contributing writer to investigation into prevalence of sexual assault in facilities.
Organized content, contributed to script writing and was featured on two of the project’s seven podcast episodes.
Balanced two large projects with several shorter feature stories.
Reported and interviewed with national scope using Zoom.
DEPTH REPORTER, WRITER, AUDIO REPORTER, PHOTOGRAPHER
CRONKITE BORDERLANDS PROJECT - ARIZONA PBS / SPRING 2020
A 10 day international reporting initiative led by Rick Rodriguez, former executive editor of the Sacramento Bee, focusing on various migration crises around the world.
Researched and pre-reported on migration patterns through the Darien Gap in Panama, made contacts in Panama City and in the southernmost Darien Province.
Worked on my own and as a team during a week-long trip of rigorous, nonstop reporting, came prepared and adapted to language barriers.
Wrote an in-depth story, took photos and thoroughly collected audio for the group’s podcast series documenting the trip and its focus.
ACTOR / PERFORMER
THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY / AUG 2015 – NOV 2018
The performance and entertainment department of the four Walt Disney parks in Orlando, FL, and internationally for Disney Cruise Line.
Performed on and off stage as several famous Disney characters.
In and out of costume, I interacted with guests of all ages and upheld Disney’s high level of hospitality.
Was recognized as a trainer for my leadership abilities and job performance.