Leah Russell

Freelance Proofreader & Copywriter

Location:Port Arthur, Texas, United States
2 Skills
I earned my degree in Mass Communication at Lamar University in 1988. I have practical experience as a writer and reporter for the Orange Leader and Southwest Daily News in Louisiana. In Des Moines, Iowa, I was a free-lance writer for The Iowan magazine and The Des Moines Register. I have also done typesetting and clerical jobs.

1535 Liberty, Apt. B
Beaumont, Texas 77701

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am ready, willing, and able to reenter the workforce and be an invaluable asset to your company.
The best way to describe my work history is chronological order, which will also show my backbone, and fortitude. My career in print journalism began for me in college at the University Press and Scene and Sound followed by the Beaumont Enterprise internships. This time period included a series of articles on the homeless published first for the Press and later in the Orange Leader along with their articles. The series won First Place in the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association for the Leader. Concern in the community from the articles caused a shelter to be opened in Orange.
I investigated series and issues most would not touch as a young cub reporter, many assigned to me, and handled it well for one so young at 21-years-old.
I took a brave risk again at 21, newly married, and fresh out of college in 1989 and grabbed a temporary position at the Southwest Daily News. With only two sources given, I found many other sources, did many fresh feature articles, helped in layout, design, and helped with rewrites for a 36-page tabloid on Lake Charles Contraband Days and an 84-page broadsheet for the City of Sulphur's 75th Anniversary. Based upon my performance, I was hired full-time and permanent with a pay increase as a news feature, investigative reporter who also covered hard, spot, and other news.
Before my relocation to Des Moines, Iowa, for my former spouse to study law, I had mostly self-taught and hands-on experience in desk top publishing using such programs as PageMaker. Before I moved to Des Moines, I had established contacts and sources via The Writer's Market. When I arrived, therefore, I was able to hit the ground running as I freelanced for The Iowan and Des Moines Register.
When I arrived in Houston from Iowa, I signed up mostly with temp agencies and gained more experience as an Administrative Assistant which began in Des Moines at Drake University.
Should you hire me, I would be an asset to your company with fresh eyes and a professional and personal background that I could show you how it could work for you in an interview. I thank you for your time and acceptance of my resume, and await your reply.

Very Truly Yours,

Leah C. Russell

1535 Liberty, Apt. B
Beaumont, TX 77701

It is my desire to use my education, skills, talents, practical work experience, ingenuity and tenacity to better my life and your company, firm or business and to advance within.

Lamar University-Beaumont, Texas, 1988 Bachelor of Science degree in Communication
Print Journalism emphasis, Dean’s List for a semester with 3.75, 3.0 overall and 3.15 in major, sorority and fraternity, intern for University Press and Scene and Sound
Monsignor Kelly High School-Beaumont, Texas, 1984
National Honor Society, Mau Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Track and Field, Yearbook, Band, 4.0/4.0, 13th in 135 upon graduation, Nomination to the USAF Academy, numerous academic awards
Our very past often shows our truest pattern, i.e., real history of fortitude and success.

Microsoft Word, PageMaker, Publisher

Former print journalist, free-lance writer, proofreader, secretary, tour guide, administrative assistant,
typesetter, currently trying to publish a complete novel, and more

Discernment of a possible vocation took me to places in the U.S. such as Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin and Maine.
Overseas discernment included present-day Bosnia and Ireland.

Jan.-early April included retail work. October after Hurricane Rita: Outsource Staffing at the Red Cross in Orange, Data Entry for food cards. Old Navy, Christmas Season 2004. Job hunt and temp jobs amid survival due to local politics which do not reflect my longevity or ability to not only hold a job but to excel.

1/2003-8/20 as Secretary and 8/30 as Docent 2003
Beaumont Heritage Society/John Jay French Museum, 3025 French Road, Beaumont, Texas
Secretary and Docent
Secretarial tasks, desktop publishing, mailing, tour guide, re typeset and researched and wrote Texas history article for docent manual. Tasks were also done that were not in my job description, but glad to help, such as clean toilets, clean the museum, etcetera.

Advance’d Temporaries, Kirby, Houston, Texas 77056 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Willow, Beaumont
File and Claims Clerk Temporary help
File paperwork, data entry claims, box

Combining jobs through local employers from Silva at the City of Port Arthur, Legal as a Legal Secretary, Legal Secretary Assistant to Temporary Clerical and typesetting type of jobs. Restaurant and deli and temp jobs.

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1535 Liberty, Apt. B * Beaumont, TX 77701 * monkeycarkeys@yahoo.com

Tolling Coordinator and Administrative Assistant through Prostaff temp agency at Albis Corporation in Rosenberg and a mutual funds-investment agency in Downtown Houston. As a Tolling Coordinator for Albis I assisted in communication and orders for plastics companies with Albis for shipping.

Houston-area employers from Raucher Pierce Refnes to whomever as I pursued interest in a vocation to religious life and gained practical experience in clerical work and corporate life

Southern Directory, now YP-One Publishing, 803 Park Two, Sugar Land, Texas 281-240-2020
Proofread listings to advertisements for a phone book publishing company.

Houston and Monasteries and Overseas trip
Any clerical work to provide transition in relocation from Iowa to Houston while I pursued what I really wanted to do then: a vocation to religious life. This included a trip to Drummin, County Mayo, Ireland to a semi-heretical hermitage. There is no pay in monasteries.

Drake University, University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
Administrative Assistant
Receptionist work from phones to greeting students and visitors
Administrative Assistant work from typing, correspondence, resetting old brochures, setting up conference calls, keep spreadsheet budgets for Special Education and REID Departments.

Des Moines, Iowa-area publications as a free-lance writer when I had first arrived
Travel, interview, and write copy from The Iowan magazine as well as work as a hidden Editorial Assistant back up and Receptionist, part time. I also wrote for The Des Moines Register in Advertising pieces, spreads and took photos as well as a time as a copywriter for a major department store firm in Iowa at their Corporate headquarters.
(No one pulled strings for me or made me look good at these positions in Iowa; hard work, talent, ability—all God-given—accomplished these goals. I was made aware of rumor to the contrary; I’d like to here dispel that myth.)

1985or 86-1989
Area print journalist and intern for University Press, Scene and Sound, the Beaumont Enterprise, Orange Leader, Southwest Daily News in Sulphur, Louisiana

HONORS, AWARDS, VOLUNTEER WORK—Homeless Series ran in Orange Leader; Austin American Statesman picked up intern feature story from Enterprise, Flood ’93 Iowa volunteer and Hospice in Iowa

Writing Clips and References Available Upon Request.
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