Dave Lenckus

Freelance Blog Writer & Business Writer

Location:Tucson, Arizona, United States
2 Skills
2002 E. River Rd. Apt. S9 • Tucson, Ariz. 85718
davelenckus@gmail.com • (520) 579-1937 / (520) 490-5506

Dynamic Communication Style • Leadership & Mentoring • Problem-solving
• Organization and Multi-tasking

GOAL: To generate thought-provoking articles or research, relying on the analytical, writing
and editing skills gained during a successful career as a journalist and editor.

• Accomplished journalist with award-winning writing and editorial expertise.
• Experience reporting on and analyzing current events within a historical context.
• Strong mathematical skills developed through both education and subsequent reporting.
• Accustomed to working in fast-paced environments and handling difficult situations.
• Proven record in creating and supervising thought-provoking projects..
• Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop and use questioning strategies to gather
information from experts in a variety of technical and professional settings.


Free lance writer/editor
Tucson, Ariz.
• Writes bylined business news articles.
• Produces thoroughly researched white papers on various risk management issues.
• Ghostwrites financial trade magazine articles for business executives.
• Wrote and edited articles for an international insurance broker’s client newsletter.
• Wrote two chapters on executive management liability exposures and protections for
colleges and universities for a client primer produced by a leading national law firm.

Senior Editor—Crain Communications Inc./Business Insurance magazine
Chicago, Ill./Tucson, Ariz.
• Produced breaking news stories for daily Web site, plus analytical news stories, features
and profiles for weekly magazine—including articles on school bullying and zero-
tolerance policies.
• Interviewed key business leaders and government officials.
• Commented on world events, human interest stories and business issues.
• Developed special projects and collaborated on others with colleagues.

Editor—Beyond the Rice Paddies
Tucson, Ariz.
• Supervised creative process from story idea to book completion.
• Edited grammar, punctuation, style and tone of book.
• Arranged promotional opportunities and Q&A sessions with author,
resulting in positive reviews by news media.

Assistant Managing Editor—Crain Communications/Business Insurance
Chicago, Ill.
• Managed special editorial projects; conceived and assigned weekly articles to
staff and freelance contributors; maintained orderly copy flow.
• Edited grammar, style and content of magazine articles.
• Assisted in graphic design of magazines, using latest software technology.

Managing Editor—Vance Publishing/Wood & Wood Products
Lincolnshire, Illinois
• Managed all editorial projects; collaborated with editor to develop assignments;
maintained orderly copy flow.
• Edited grammar, style and content of magazine articles.
• Coordinated graphics/artwork with freelance contributors.
• Contributed profiles and news stories to magazine.

Reporter—Palos Regional Newspaper
Palos Heights, Illinois
• Covered developing news in several suburban Chicago communities.
• Wrote poignant and informational feature stories on people and developments
within the covered communities.

Reporter—Joliet Herald-News
Joliet, Ill.
• Wrote colorful feature pieces for the paper’s Sunday edition.
• Covered meetings of elected community officials.

• Crain Awards 1985-2008:
Won four awards for reporting on:
--Insurance claims problems created by Hurricane Katrina
--Government investigation of insurance industry—(2 awards)
--Pepsi contamination scandal
Supervised two award-winning special projects on:
--Health care legal issues
--Business’ initial response to the AIDS epidemic
• Jesse H. Neal finalist: Best Single Issue—Newspaper/News Tabloid 2005
Analyzing impact of government investigation of insurance industry



Lewis University: Lockport, Ill.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (1980)
Additional curriculum emphasis in Accounting

Skills (2) Rating
Blog Writing
Business Writing