Freelance Journalist (2002–present). Write investigative, news, feature, and service articles on a range of domestic policy issues for national magazines and websites. Identify trends and seek out data sources, develop story pitches, identify and interview sources, draft and edit stories, incorporate revisions, manage final read-back, and promote published articles through TV and radio interviews and social media. Clients include Salon, The American Prospect, Good, The Fiscal Times, Men’s Health, The Crime Report, and Comstock’s Magazine. Conceived and developed proposal for annual branded product for The Fiscal Times (“Annual Federal Government Report Card”) (under consideration).
Consulting Writer-Editor and Proposal Writer (2002–present). Write winning proposals for federal contracts. Write reports, newsletters, and promotional materials on best practices in child welfare reform and youth policy. Provided lead concept creation and writing, rewriting, substantive editing, copyediting, and editorial proofreading in support of these and dozens of other project publications. Conducted staff trainings and briefings on writing and editing. Worked with graphics specialists to develop attractive designs for publications and promotional materials. Edited Spanish-language publications.
Managing Editor and Senior Writer-Editor, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth, JBS International, Inc. (1994–2002). Wrote, edited, and oversaw the development of youth policy briefs and reports–a quarterly newsletter, two to four reports annually, speeches, semi-annual research summaries, promotional materials, and fact sheets. Wrote web-based training for youth workers. Managed layout of publications and editorial process, supervised editors, served as lead staff person overseeing government clearance process, oversaw publications from concept through printing, oversaw conversion of hard-copy materials to web-compatible format. Wrote procedures for producing publications and correspondence. Edited Spanish-language public education materials.
Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Society of Professional Journalists
National Writers Union
Data-Driven Journalism (course), Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
Boot Camp for Journalists, Mediabistro
Writing Headlines for the Web (course), Poynter Institute
Graduate coursework, Publications Specialist Program, The George Washington University: Fundamentals of Copyediting; Substantive Editing; The Consummate Writer; Printing and the Graphic Arts
BS, International Agricultural Development, and BA, Spanish, Eastern Mennonite University
Fluent in Spanish
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