Experienced broadcast, digital news and communications professional.
Three decades of top market journalism excellence.
Emmy Award-winning writer, editor and producer.
Skilled content provider on multiple social media platforms.
Proficient in video editing: Final Cut Pro, Avid iNews.
Hard news junkie with a passion for powerful storytelling.
SENIOR WRITER, EDITOR, TRAINER
Specialized projects in Broadcasting, Social Media, Academia and Corporate Communications
NEWSWRITING.COM: A Resource For Journalists
Leveraged writing and teaching skills into a successful consulting business, delivering seminars at TV newsrooms across the country, writing a regular magazine column and maintaining a Web presence, offering online tools and techniques..... and, of course, The Groaners!
KCET-TV LOS ANGELES, CA
2012 – 2013
Principal writer for SoCal Connected, award-winning nightly news magazine.
Wrote daily news summaries; Produced anchor packages, breaking news, feature reports.
Directed talent; Coordinated editors, graphics, studio crew, field crews, digital staff.
Liaison to national, international and local content providers.
KPCC SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Pasadena, CA
Wrote, edited and produced stories in a high-volume, 24-hour news/talk environment with special emphasis on the unique needs of a Public Radio audience. Supervised reporters for daily and long-form projects. Mentored interns and new hires. Trained associate producers, bloggers and digital reporters in broadcast writing skills.
KTTV FOX11 Los Angeles, CA
Producer, News Writer
1995 - 2012
Winner, Los Angeles Emmy Award, Outstanding News Writer
Specialized in national politics but also covered everything else. Crafted specialized packages that stood out and captured attention. Edited video and created graphics to enhance our storytelling. Helped maintain FOX11's 10pm ratings dominance for more than a decade. Trained new writers, guided journalism students.
KNBC-TV Los Angeles, CA
Brought in to transition the newsroom to a Digital Content Center, where every staff member would need basic news writing skills. Provided classroom training and one-on-one instruction to hundreds of employees.
WNBC-TV New York City
Producer, News Writer
Winner, NY Emmy Award, Producer, Outstanding Multipart Feature, “The New York Courtesy Test”
Demonstrated versatility across many beats: Profiled Hollywood celebrities, rock stars, Broadway icons, politicians and pundits. Produced Star Trek special and Gulf War retrospective; Produced features at Democratic Convention, on Election Night, Presidential Inauguration. Talked to fearful residents during Crown Heights riots, and optimistic Israelis and Palestinians at Peace Accord signing. Exposed criminals who dump toxic chemicals and showcased compassionate New Yorkers who help their neighbors.
WCBS-TV New York City
Producer, News Writer
Teamed with “Channel 2 News At Noon” producer to create a compelling midday broadcast that won its time slot, outdistancing competitors' entertainment programming as well as rivals' newscasts. Took the initiative to identify challenges with a moribund early morning program, then transformed it into a dynamic broadcast with a new name, new look, new features, expanded video and graphics.. and better-written stories!
WORDPRESS FINAL CUT PRO AVID iNEWS PRO TOOLS
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY - Bachelor's Degree, Economics
“Abe is an extraordinary writer, but he's an even better communicator.
He takes an ordinary story and makes it extraordinary.”
Carol Breshears, Assignment Manager, KTTV FOX11 Los Angeles
“There is no one I would recommend more heartily for any news department.”
Robert Wiener, Reporter/Producer, Colleague at WNBC-TV New York City
“I learned tons about writing for radio, just reading Abe's script edits.
He gets more into fewer words than anybody.”
Sharon McNary, Reporter, KPCC Southern California Public Radio
“Having Abe sit across from you in a newsroom instantly makes you a better writer.
He's the very best in the business.”
Michael Charach, Director, Station Relations, CBS Television Distribution
“Abe has a remarkable gift at being able to capture the voice he is writing for. He is also the total professional. I have never seen him miss a deadline, or "crack" under the pressure of a daily newscast. In his own quiet way, he always gets it done, then offers to do more. It was no surprise that the rest of the staff came to look upon him as a "rock" -- a person they could always depend upon. I have hired a lot of people in my career at ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. I count him as one of the best.”
Bret Marcus, Former VP and Executive Director, KCET; Former News Director, WNBC-TV