I’m an enterprise producer at The Seattle Times working on a team called Traffic Lab, that spotlights the region’s thorny transportation issues. I work with reporters to boost their stories digitally, while fostering conversations with our audience through crowd sourcing and other forms of digital engagement.

I report my own stories, too, which include localizing national transportation issues and writing enterprise pieces. My job emphasizes collaboration across the newsroom with departments such as video and interactive graphics.

Before moving to this position in Feb. 2017, I was the newsroom’s night reporter. I helped manage late-night operations, which included monitoring for breaking news and coordinating coverage plans with the night staff. I covered crime, politics and feature stories.

Meanwhile, I’m pursuing an online master’s degree in journalism through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The degree track centers around a massive final project, which I’ll dedicate towards study practices within The Seattle Times newsroom. (I’ll keep you posted.)

The journey began, though, in Bismarck, N.D., where the drinks are cheap and the City Desk Editor of the local paper still knows me by name.

This is my Seattle Times story pageLet’s connect on Facebook. Maybe even LinkedIn? InstagramMy Tumblr stays updated, too.

Email me at leerosejess@gmail.com.