Sandra Pedicini




sandrapedicini@gmail.com

www.linkedin.com/in/sandrapedicini

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Orlando Sentinel - Orlando, FL 

Business Reporter (June 2014 - present)

Cover The Walt Disney Co., SeaWorld Entertainment, and Universal Parks and Resorts, the three major theme park companies in the nation’s No. 1 tourist destination. Write A1 and business section pieces. Regularly post breaking news to OrlandoSentinel.com, with photos and links, and promote pieces using social media and search engine optimization. Frequently appear on local Fox affiliate to discuss stories.

Business Reporter (November 2008 – June 2014)

Covered Orlando’s retail and restaurant industries. Wrote about industry trends and Central Florida-based companies including Darden Restaurants (owner of Olive Garden and until recently, Red Lobster), Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Hard Rock International.
Ran a holiday shopping blog.

Seminole County Reporter (September 2003 - November 2008)

Covered several Seminole County cities and did general assignment reporting.
Worked a weekly shift as night metro editor and assisted with editing of county sections as needed.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Political Science

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL                                              

AWARDS/LEADERSHIP

Third place, Business Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards, 2015
First place, Business Reporting, Florida Society of News Editors, 2014
"Strictly Financials" Fellowship, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, 2013
Annual award, Beat Reporting, Orlando Sentinel, 2012
First place, Community Leadership, Florida Society of News Editors, 2011
Second place, Enterprise Business Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards, 2011
Participant in Exploring Newsroom Leadership, a series of classes aimed at employees interested in management positions
Former member, Orlando Sentinel Charities Committee

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, ACTIVITIES                      

Mentor in the Knights and Squires program, which pairs UCF graduates working in journalism with students, 2015
Judge, Ohio’s Best Journalism (Society of Professional Journalists), 2015

Volunteer participant, National High School Journalism Convention, 2015
Member of Society of Professional Journalists, Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Investigative Reporters and Editors

OTHER INTERESTS

Avid runner, participating in numerous local 5k and 10k races, the OUC Half Marathon and the Disney World Marathon
Volunteer with various community organizations, primarily through Hands On Orlando