Sam Zern
Vanderbilt University
Bachelor of Science, Education Policy & Sociology
Pennsylvania Legislative Services
Aug. 2020 - present
State Government Reporter
  • Covering state government in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
WPLN - Nashville Public Radio
Jan. - April 2020
Podcast & Newsroom Intern
  • Reported news for Morning Edition and All Things Considered newscasts, as well as stories for the web
  • Served regularly as the "Coronavirus Live-Blogger," in charge of reporting and posting COVID-19 news updates to the station's running blog, which included attending daily local government press briefings and monitoring the station inbox for news
  • Assisted on season two of WPLN's award-winning podcast, The Promise. Duties included gathering archival sound, assisting with interviews and researching for the education-focused season
Relationary Marketing, LLC
Sept. - Nov. 2019
Podcast Production Assistant
  • Ran studio sessions with podcast clients
  • Managed production for live and mobile podcasting events
  • Screened audio clips and episode drafts
Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Aug. 2019 - Dec. 2019
Podcast Intern
  • Wrote and published content for the EC blog
  • Served as podcast production assistant, helping with notetaking, gathering interview subjects
  • Created a year-end impact report for season one of the Navigate podcast, which included audience metrics and recommendations for season two improvements
  • Posted social media content on Twitter and Instagram for the EC
The Vanderbilt Hustler
Aug. 2016 - Dec. 2019

Managing Editor
May 2019 – Dec 2019

  • Created organizational onboarding materials and revamped training protocols to address diversity, ethics and advanced writing styles
  • Trained, edited, and individually coached 100+ writers and editors in producing content that reaches an average 20,000 readers per week
  • Reported stories on beats including campus diversity efforts, administrative policy and decisions, discriminatory incidents and student activism


Editor In Chief
May 2018 – May 2019

  • Served as the leader of Vanderbilt's official student newspaper, leading an editorial board and staff of more than 80 student journalists in publishing 700+ articles over the course of an academic year
  • Led a website transition aimed at improving reader experience and editorial efficiency
  • Continued to write and edit individual work, both my own and as needed by members of the editorial team


Campus Editor
May 2017 – May 2018

  • Led the Campus section of 30 writers in covering Vanderbilt news pertinent to undergraduates


Assistant Campus Editor
Aug 2016 – May 2017

  • Assisted Campus editor in managing the section of writers, including editing work, training reporters and serving on the editorial board


Nashville Post
June - Aug. 2019
Reporting Intern
  • Reported original content concerning business, legal and political news
  • Wrote a feature-length article on Nashville’s emerging esports market for the quarterly magazine
  • Contributed content for regular “Notes” columns on local business developments, prominent people, land acquisitions and retail openings
Austin Monitor
June - Aug. 2018
Freelance Education Reporter
  • Covered the Austin Independent School District board on issues including under enrollment, budget deficits and statewide goals
A Greater Society (Film)
June - Aug. 2018
Documentary Curriculum Writer
  • Wrote and edited a companion discussion guide and curriculum for the independent documentary, A Greater Society, which focuses on senior citizen voter turnout during the 2014 midterm elections
Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
Jan. - May 2018
Undergraduate Intern
  • Assisted in day to day office operations and event preparation, provided feedback on ongoing educator engagement initiatives and wrote for the blog
  • Helped in early planning stages for the Project Lit Summit, a project by a SCORE Fellow teacher to promote literacy and diverse books in schools
  • Coordinated admission for the 2018 Tennessee Gubernatorial Forum on Education 
Common Threads
May - Aug. 2017
Nonprofit Management Intern
  • Compiled 15 years of historical data, including yearly financials, annual reach and company milestones into comprehensive company history presentation and video with infographic elements
  • Coordinated with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami to complete assignments related to facilities upgrades, grant research and donor management 
Breakthrough Collaborative
June - Aug. 2015
Summer Teaching Fellow
  • Provided future first generation college students with summer programming that combined academic acceleration with resilience building and goal orientation
  • Designed and taught earth science curriculum to class of 18 rising sixth graders
  • Addressed social-emotional needs of at-risk students with a team of co-teachers and collaborated with parents to best meet their child’s needs
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Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Indesign
Stata analytical software
Excel for data analytics
Hindenburg audio software