About

When I was in fifth grade I won a school-wide essay contest writing about what I wanted to be when I grew up: an author. My prize was to spend a day shadowing a local journalist, the closest my hometown of Seaford, Delaware had to offer. A decade later I was working my way toward a journalism degree at the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!).

In the years that have followed, I have been fortunate enough to hold jobs with IBM, four interactive agencies, and two politiciansexperiences that allowed me to gain perspective as to what motivates and excites me in a professional context. I found a passion for reaching people through the medium of the web—a place where stories last forever and the world's knowledge is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. I discovered a love for multi-disciplinary teams and a preference for long-term, strategic work over short-term campaigns.

I'm still going to write a book one day (though I'm not sure what about), but for now I am excited by cognitive computing, milleneals, and web-based start-ups.

 

Fun Facts

Family

Oldest of 5 children, all of whom share the initials KRW (making me "K1")

Worst Haircut

Curly mullet—I was Billy Ray Cyrus with a purple lunchbox until second grade

Political Experience

Worked for Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), the fourth most conservative member of the House of Representatives and Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), the third most liberal member of the Senate

Favorite Tech

iPad, iPod Classic, MacBook Air, Google Calendar, Evernote, Dropbox, Mint, Moves, Pocket

Personal Interests

South Carolina Gamecocks, SEC football, travel, learning, volunteering, writing, country music, exercise, current events

Top Left: With my siblings in summer 2013
Top Right: My mullet alongside my sister's "Dorothy Hammil"
Bottom Left: With Congressman Joe Wilson
Bottom Right: With Vice President Joe Biden and several of my colleagues