gBQ2w3Zt_400x400Reporting, writing, analyzing, photographing and filming in the hope of better understanding the world and the people around me. 

I’m currently a business reporter at the Times Union in Albany, New York, where I’ll be spending the next year during my first rotation of the Hearst Journal Fellowship. I cover agriculture, retail, real estate and other business topics and run the business section’s Twitter account. If you have a tip or a story to share, you can contact me at 518-454-5018 or miszler@timesunion.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Before joining the Times Union, I spent a year reporting at the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. I wrote daily news stories for the metro and business sections, along with features and occasional investigative pieces, and shot photos and videos for many of my stories. I also pitched and wrote an enterprise project on agriculture, immigration and farm workers in North Carolina and managed the Facebook and Twitter accounts of two community newspapers. To view samples of work, please visit the “Clips” tab above.

I started interning in high school, writing for Teenlink, a publication of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, and BNO News, a wire service and worked for my high school newspaper, in my home state of Florida, the hub of wacky news. I also played soccer through all four years of high school and served as team captain during my senior year.

During my first semester at The King’s College in New York City, I joined my college newspaper and eventually became editor-in-chief. I also served as videographer for the college’s first broadcast publication. The New York Post hired me out of a summer internship to work as a part-time reporter and I spent about eight months at the Post covering cops, courts and breaking news in all five boroughs. I also interned at the United Nations and at an education research organization and worked as a faculty assistant for several English professors.

I spent several weeks in Berlin, Germany, on a summer trip with my classmates. During the trip I interviewed Gretchen Dutschke-Klotz, the widow of German revolutionary Rudi Dutschke, and visited her husband’s grave with her for a story for Forbes. I also wrote about how Babbel, a language-learning platform in Germany, is challenging Rosetta Stone and Duolingo, two prominent language-learning companies in the United States.

After graduating with a B.A. in politics, philosophy and economics, I interned for USA TODAY, where I covered breaking news and business and helped produce a multimedia guide for first time home-buyers.

Last year I completed a coding immersion program, where I learned the basics of front- and back-end development, including Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Bootstrap and more. During the program, I built several apps, including an app about a trip I took to Germany with my college classmates. Code for the apps, as well as other work, can be found on my Github account or under the “Coding” tab.

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