Veteran contract and staff writer and editor. Professional command of both written and spoken English. Accomplished in researching, analyzing, organizing, explaining, and editing complex information in a creative, concise, and comprehensible form for print, Web, broadcast, and video/film. Skilled in writing and editing feature and technical articles, business and entertainment news, legal and government analyses, community journalism, and research-and-write cold assignments. Zero-tolerance copy editor with thorough knowledge of AP style. Excellent predictive instincts for news and trends. Proficient in MS Word with working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and assorted website design programs. Maintain active presence on Facebook, LinkedIn and other online communities. Ten-plus years remote telework experience in online collaboration with virtual teams on VPN and other proprietary networks. Strong interpersonal skills: team player, facilitative leader, mentor and creative problem-solver. Dedicated to continual learning and committed to excellence. Possessed of common sense, good humor, and honest work ethic.
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Contributing writer/photographer - InvisiblePeople.tv, Los Angeles; 6/19 - presentMedia Consultant - One Source - Empowering Caregivers, Grass Valley, 8/16 - presentMedia Consultant - Hospitality House, Grass Valley, CA; 11/18 - presentWriter/photographer - Mike Snegg, artist, Nevada City, CA; 9/17 - 10/18Media Coordinator – Nugget Fringe Theater Festival, Grass Valley, CA; 9/16 - 7/17PR Writer/Photographer – Ursela Rabe, animal communicator, Penn Valley, CA; 2/16 - 6/18Creative and Technical Consultant - author Joe Harrington, Nevada City, CA; 5/14 – present On-assignment Writer/Photographer – The Union newspaper, Grass Valley, CA; 6/09 – present Writer/Photographer – Nevada City Advocate, Nevada City, CA; 5/17 - 5/18Editor - Linda Schulman, novelist, Citrus Heights, CA, 2/16 - presentEvent photographer – concerts, parties, political events – California, Nevada; 2007 – presentStaff Monitor/Media Relations – Hospitality House/Utah's Place, Grass Valley, CA; 3/10 – 5/14 Special Correspondent – Colfax Record newspaper, Colfax, CA 6/08 -10/10 On-call Technical Editor – Innovative Integration Inc., Simi Valley, CA; 5/06 – 8/08Reporter/Photographer – Smart News, Fayetteville, NC; 2 – 6/07 Web Content Editor – AMMA Corp, Taipei, Taiwan; 10 – 11/05 Managing Editor – Xcell Journal, Xilinx Inc., San Jose, CA; 10/00 – 1/04 Assistant Editor – E-commerce User Experience, Nielsen Norman Group, Fremont, CA; 3 – 9/00Senior Technical Editor – Raytheon Engineering Services Co., Sacramento, CA; 10/99 – 8/00 Contributing Author – Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul, Dearfield Beach, FL; 1999 Feature Writer – Si Review magazine, Los Altos, CA; 3 – 8/99 Technical Writer/Editor – SyncAccess Inc., Sacramento, CA; 1/99 – 5/99 News and Features Editor – Robot Science & Technology magazine, Rocklin, CA; 12/97 – 6/98 Technology Writer – Faulkner Information Services, Pennsauken, NJ; 11/97 – 2/98 Webmaster/Content Editor – Fleming LTD Telework Consulting, Davis, CA; 1/96 – 2/98 Contributing Author – Cyberscribes.1: The New Journalists, San Diego, CA; 8/97 Webmaster/Content Editor – International Police Association, USA Region 29, Auburn, CA; 10/96 – 4/97 Feature Writer – Telecommuting Review, Gil Gordon Associates, Monmouth Junction, NJ; 4/95 – 12/97 Reporter/Editor – California Education Funding Alert, Thompson Publishing Group, Sacramento, CA; 1/96 – 9/96 Editor/Legal Reporter – California Employee Relations Report, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Sacramento, CA; 8/91 – 3/95 Copy Editor/Reporter – The Sacramento Business Journal, Sacramento, CA; 10/89 – 4/91 Creative Director – Durkin, Gibbs & Associates, Auburn, CA; 1983 – 1985 Reporter/Editor/Photographer – Auburn Journal, Colfax Record, Placer County, CA; 1980 – 87 Reporter – KAHI radio, Auburn, CA; 1980 Screenwriter/Script Analyst – Burbank Studios, MGM, Paramount; Los Angeles, CA; 1974 – 1979Assistant Promotion Director – KXTV, Channel 10, Sacramento, CA 1971 – 1974
Postgraduate Studies, English and Computer Science – Sonoma State University, California – 1988-89 MFA, Theater Arts (TV/Film) – UCLA – 1971 BA, Psychology – UCLA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa – 1969 In-Service Training •Seven Habits of Highly Effective People •Facilitative Leadership •Teacher Power! •Conflict Resolution and Confrontation Skills •Active Listening •Peer Counseling•ServSafe Food Handler Continuing education credits in English and journalism, computer applications, education and training, leadership, and time/work management. Committed to lifelong learning.
Sigma Delta Chi (California) – investigative reportingNational Newspaper Association – personality profileCalifornia Newspaper Association – investigative reportingCalifornia State Fair Media Awards (2) – agricultural reporting, investigative reportingEmmy nomination (regional) – documentarySacramento Advertising Club (3) – news, program promotion, and public service announcements
Committee to Bridge the Gap - antiwar community outreachDo It Now Foundation - drug counseling, suicide hotlineSacramento Single Fathers Support Group - community education and consciousness raisingMen's Rights Inc. (Mr. Inc.) - political and legislative advocateHospitality House - homeless shelter counselor, media relationsOne Source–Empowering Caregivers - media consultant