PROFESSIONAL WRITING/EDITING/COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE
Producer/writer/publicist; Years employed (2014 – current)
JABA (Jefferson Area Board for Aging), Charlottesville, Virginia
Handle publicity, marketing, media relations, and social media efforts for award-winning area agency on aging. Editor of Generations, a quarterly magazine about healthy aging.
Contributing writer, Takepart.com; Years employed (2014 – current)
Takepart.com, Beverly Hills, California
Contribute global reports and feature stories for Takepart.com, a digital news & lifestyle magazine and social action platform for the conscious consumer, a division of Participant Media, the company behind Pivot Television Network and important films such as An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting For Superman, Food, Inc., Good Night & Good Luck, Charlie Wilson’s War, Contagion, The Help, and many others. Learn more about Participant Media.
Reporter, Editor; Years Employed (2005 – 2013)
The Hook, Charlottesville, Virginia
Report and edit for award-winning (three-time winner of Virginia’s top journalism award) news and arts weekly. Write regular restaurant column, The Dish, and a regular column on architecture & development, On Architecture, as well as feature stories, general news, and investigative reporting. Write daily news, food, and book blog posts using graphics, photos, video and other media, maintain Facebook page, supervise interns, plan issues, pretty much everything you can imagine doing in a small, fast-paced, and creative newsroom.
Web/Publications Editor; Years Employed (2001-2004)
The Rutherford Institute Charlottesville, Virginia
Oversee all web and print publications for nationally known non-profit legal organization devoted to defending civil liberties and human rights. Write articles on education, religion, politics, law, and culture. Write press releases, internal communications, web and electronic newsletter text, radio scripts, and legal histories. Update website with news & information; maintain quality and integrity of the site; work with others to create interactive elements to accompany press releases, print publications, and promotions. Associate Editor, Gadfly Magazine: edit, write, and propose articles and reviews for award-winning print/online magazine of arts and culture dedicated to shining a light on the under appreciated–and sometimes unnoticed—in American culture and challenge accepted notions regarding recognized cultural figures and events. Work closely with a list of freelance writers and in-house production staff. Associate Editor, OldSpeak Magazine: edit, write, and propose articles for online journal dedicated to publishing interviews, articles, and commentary on subjects often overlooked by the mainstream media in the areas of politics, arts, culture, law, and religion. Work closely with a list of freelance writers and in-house production staff. Major Accomplishments: developed new interactive website from the ground up; wrote for and helped launched two online magazines; developed all interactive elements of website; increased web traffic from an average of 60,000 page views per week to an average of 300,000 page views per week
Marketing/Advertising writer; Years Employed (1996-2000)
Value America Charlottesville, Virginia
Writer product presentation, print catalog copy, and promotional materials for fast-growing Internet start up. Update website with product information, maintain quality and integrity of the site, work with others to create interactive elements to accompany promotions and national advertising campaigns. Supervise other writers and copyeditors. Promoted to print advertising department, where I conceived, wrote, and created ads that ran in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and other major newspapers and magazines.Major Accomplishments: helping to turn a small internet company (I was the fifth employee hired) into a publicly traded company with over six-hundred employees in the less than two years.
Staff Writer; Years Employed (1988-1991)
Write feature articles and travel pieces for monthly English language magazine in Paris, France.
Staff Writer; Years Employed (1985-1987)
The Valley Advocate Amherst, Massachusetts
Write feature articles for award-winning weekly arts & culture publication in Amherst, Massachusetts
Have also worked as a ski instructor, bartender, house painter, front desk clerk, hotel manager, dishwasher, waiter, Zen garden builder, apartment renovator, freelance writer, landscaper, tutor, fence builder, grocery store clerk, ESL teacher, maintenance man, and game content writer.