As a former full-time business reporter, I have superlative communication skills, as well as a thorough understanding of what editors are looking for in a press release to best place a story. Having worked as a freelance writer for many years, I am a self-starter, who is adept at handling multiple projects simultaneously. With myriad media contacts, I successfully pitch stories on a regular basis and I am accustomed to working under tight deadlines. I also have extensive experience in business writing, such as media kits, marketing packets, brochures and newsletters. I am very detail oriented and am accustomed to consistently producing error-free documents.
University of Memphis
Briarcrest Christian High School
Public Relations Consultant, Memphis, TN
Freelance Writer 1996 - Present
My articles have appeared in local publications including The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Magazine, Memphis Parent, RSVP Magazine, MBQ and The Memphis Flyer, and The Daily News. Topics I have covered run the gamut from new business features to society events. I also have extensive experience in public relations and event planning. Some PR clients include Any Lab Test Now, Rotary Club of Memphis Central, Feol-Hinricher Cos., Memphis Investment Properties, and Shea Wealth Management.
? Adept at handling multiple projects
? Work under tight deadlines
? Write press releases and pitch stories to local media
? Web content, brochures, newsletters, marketing materials
The Germantown News, Germantown, TN 2000 - 2001
I was in charge of the “A” Section of this weekly publication. In addition to editing all content, including community submissions, I covered community events, governmental meetings, and planned all stories.
? Reviewed all press releases
? Generated story ideas
? Developed relationships with community leaders
? Oversaw layout of front section
The Daily News, Memphis, TN 1996 - 2000
I was hired as copyeditor and was offered a reporter’s position within 3 months. I wrote weekly feature stories on law and technology as well as a profile on a prominent Memphian which was published each Friday. The Daily News then produced a publication called WWWdot Internet News for Business and I also worked as editor of that monthly during my last year at The Daily News.
? Won 1st Place Feature Writing Award from Society of Professional Journalists
? Grew WWWdot from 18-page to 36-page publication
? Developed associations with business and community leaders
? Contributed additional articles for special quarterly publications
Member, Board of Directors, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Member, Greater Memphis Chamber
Past Member, Advisory Board, High Tech Institute
Past Board Memphis, Latino Memphis
Past Board Member, Brain Injury Association of the Mid-South
Member, Rotary Club of Memphis Central