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Malia Spencer

tech reporter at Portland Business Journal

Portland, Oregon Area
  1. Pittsburgh Business Times,
  2. Medill News Service,
  3. Santa Maria Times
  1. Northwestern University
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Northwestern University

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Specialties:Business, manufacturing, start-ups, banking, local government, state government, special districts, general assignment

Quark, NewsEditPro, InDesign, Audacity, Premiere Elements, Dreamweaver, Wordpress cms, Photoshop (basic)


manufacturing and technology reporter

Pittsburgh Business Times
(4 years 1 month)

I covered the manufacturing industry of southwestern Pennsylvania which spans small tool and die shops up to large public companies like U.S. Steel, H.J. Heinz and PPG Industries. I also covered the technology industry in the region and its growing startup and entrepreneurial scene as well as research at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, I started a technology blog called Steel City Innovation.

Energy and Technology Reporter

Pittsburgh Business Times
(4 years 1 month)Greater Pittsburgh Area

Banking beat reporter

Medill News Service
(3 months)

Banking beat reporter for the winter quarter. I covered Chicago area banks and wrote features, breaking news and earnings stories. I was also responsible for general assignment and economic indicator stories.

Senior Staff Writer

Santa Maria Times
(4 years 6 months)

City and government reporter for the flagship paper of Lee Central Coast News, Lee Enterprises.

Metro Desk intern

Las Vegas Sun
(4 months)

Helped cover breaking news including crime, fires and flash floods. Also worked with the District Court reporter by covering sentencings and preliminary hearings.

Honors & Awards

Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Chapter

Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Chapter

Business and Labor Reporting, first place: Pittsburgh Business Times “US Steel’s HQ search” Tim Schooley, Malia Spencer

Golden Quill Award

Press Club of Western Pennsylvania

Golden Quill for ongoing coverage of a petrochemical project in the region. Highlighted story:


  • Wordpress
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • QuarkXPress
  • Dreamweaver
  • Audacity
  • Blogging
  • Journalism
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Premiere Elements
  • Start-ups
  • Business
  • Feature Articles
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • Editing
  • WordPress
  • Storytelling
  • News Writing
  • Multimedia
  • Online Journalism
  • Headline Writing
  • Web Content
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Fact-checking
  • Editorial
  • Magazines
  • Publications
  • AP Style
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