George Panagakos

Freelance Journalistic Writer & Proofreader

Location:Chantilly, Virginia, United States
2 Skills
Five years experience as a professional sports journalist, photographer, and social media personality through coverage of the Washington Wizards franchise. Three years experience as a managing editor of Volition Magazine. Proficient in Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, and MS Office Suite.

BA in English, Creative Writing, with Minor in Multimedia
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (September 2007)

Fairfax County Public Schools
October 2013 – Present
Substitute Teacher/Instructional Assistant
Performs duties of substitute teacher/instructional assistant within Fairfax County elementary and secondary schools (preschool-12th grade), including special education environments.

D.C. Examiner
August 2008 – Present
Sports Journalist, Independent Contractor
Creates web ready content from player and staff interviews, photographs, and live action summaries for use through Twitter and full summary articles at
Authors and maintains ongoing mixed media web presence of more than 1,000 articles which have been promoted by popular fan sites as well as the official Washington Wizards aggregator
Answers fan inquiries and provided a live chat through CovertItLive for Comcast SportsNet

Office of Elections, Fairfax, VA
Oct. 2008 – Dec. 2008; Oct. 2012 – Nov. 2012; Oct. 2013– Nov. 2013
Administrative Assistant
Applied knowledge of VERIS to sort, file, and digitally maintain hard copy absentee voter registrations and ballots. Worked independently as well as in a rotating pool of two-man teams.
Coordinated in-person absentee voters, maintained crowd control, sorted physical mail, worked in VERIS, responded to voter E-Mail inquiries, and operated AccuVote and WINvote machines.

Volition Magazine, Fairfax, VA
September 2007 – October 2008
Web Designer/Curator
Applied XHTML, CSS, and Javascript web design to establish and maintain a multimedia website for Volition Magazine, a literary and art publication of George Mason University

August 2004 – September 2007
Poetry Editor
Read, edited, and selected undergraduate poetry submissions for publication
Managed a rotating team of poetry editors and co-reviewed prose and artwork submissions
Edited layout and design of magazine as well as advertisements for digital and print publication
Hosted bi-annual Volition Magazine open mic readings, addressed E-Mail/phone inquiries