What About Bob?

Well, my real name is Babak, but you can call me Bob! I am a blogger, online content creator, podcast host, multimedia curator, and technology enthusiast from Raleigh, NC. I hold a Master’s degree in Interactive Media and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, with a minor in journalism. My day job is managing the overall presence of The News & Observer through marketing, social media, and public relation efforts. When I'm not hosting popular podcast game shows, you'll see me offering up the hottest news in the game show world as the Editor-in-chief of BuzzerBlog, one of the most popular television-related blogs on the Internet. No matter the time and day, I'm regularly dabbling with the latest forms of technology, from coding, to graphic design, to video. My sharp attention to detail and ability to tell a story effectively through engaging, dynamic media allows me to tackle any project along the way. My continuous desire to learn about the digital world and how we plug into it is what drives my creativeness. 

 

Résumé

 

Experience

Multimedia Manager, The News & Observer
2015 - Present, Raleigh, NC

I create and implement marketing, branding, and promotion strategies to grow The News & Observer's presence. I also conceptualize and plan print, digital, and social media campaigns to support and advance the publication's presence in the community. I work across multiple departments, assisting in initiatives when possible. I've produced video, created graphics for digital use, and I also manage several smaller websites in our portfolio through Wordpress.

 

digital producer/editor-in-chief, buzzerblog.com
2010 - PRESENT

BuzzerBlog is the premier game show industry news source online, for fans and insiders alike. I monitor our social media presence by creating content to be shared across all platforms, and analyzing traffic growth and engagement. I also review and edit copy, and crosscheck facts for stories that go up onto our site. I also conduct audio interviews with executive producers and industry leaders. I develop any additional graphics needed and I host and produce podcasts.

 

Supervisor of Client Service Operations, Verizon Enterprise
2013 - 2015, CARY, NC

I coached, developed, and motivated a team of employees while creating strategies to ensure departmental objectives were met. I conducted annual performance management evaluations, identified and troubleshooted issues through cooperative discussions with various departments, and assisted customers both domestically and globally. I developed submission forms for teams to report technical issues on the job using PHP and Javascript code. I compiled and designed weekly reports for management. I became the lead designer (logos, graphics, and presentation) for a company wide customer service initiative, and also assisted in the development of a new auditing team for quality assurance. 

 

WIRELESS OPERATIONS CONSULANT, VERIZON WIRELESS
2010 - 2013, VARIOUS CITIES, CONNECTICUT

I assisted the sales team in meeting goals on a monthly basis by completing orders, troubleshooted and answered customer concerns, monitored inventory levels and advertisement to meet regional requirements, maintained operational metrics at the store location to comply with district goals. 

 

Social media coordinator/Web developer, Quinnipiac university
2012 - 2013, hamden, CT

I was a member of the graduate assistant program at Quinnipiac University during the last year of my graduate studies. I developed an interactive web application for pathology students and faculty in the Quinnipiac School of Medicine through PHP and MySQL. I also maintained the social media presence for Hacktivision, a space where scholars, practitioners, and others grappling with the future of television share trends and technologies toward viewership of dynamic media.

 

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR, WSIN RADIO
2009 - 2010, NEW HAVEN, CT

I produced and edited station IDs and promos for over 20 different shows, composed music & sound effects for on-air playback, and edited scripts for on-air reading. 

 

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

I am proficient in software and applications including the Adobe Creative Suite, Windows OS, Mac OS, HTML, CSS, ActionScript, MySQL and the Microsoft Office Suite. I have also worked with languages like jQuery, Swift, and PHP. Areas of interest include social media, digital marketing, blogging, UX/UI, mobile development, SEO and video production.

 

EDUCATION

MASTER OF SCIENCE, INTERACTIVE MEDIA
2013, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY

The primary focus of this program focused on the principles and practices of creating content for distribution through the Internet, portable media devices and related digital platforms. The degree program's mission is to provide a master's level education where students prepare to become leaders, producers, and managers for national and global organizations in the field in interactive media. Classes taken included Writing for Interactive Media, User Centered Design, Social Media, Interactive Animation, Media Production, and Visual Design.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, COMPUTER SCIENCE, JOURNALISM
2010, SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY