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Stella Thurkill

Freelance Writer & Narrator

Location:United States
2 Skills
Experienced Anchor/Reporter with keen understanding of noteworthy facts and information
Seasoned communicator with the ability to make information relevant and understandable
Detail-oriented individual with management skills
Effective Presenter and Facilitator


Communications Director, Corroon for Governor Campaign, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2010 to Nov. 2010
Department Manager, Strategist, Spokesperson, Speech Writer, Speech Coach for the candidates


General Assignment Reporter, KUTV, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 2009 to May 2010, back from leave of absence –
November 2010, currently a freelance reporter

On-Air Host – Pledge Drive Programs, KUED, Salt Lake City, Utah, Currently -- KCTS TV, Seattle, Washington,
2006 to 2009

Anchor - Comcast Local Edition, Seattle, Washington, 2007 to 2009, hosted interviews that aired during CNN Headline News

General Assignment Reporter for all newscasts, KCPQ-TV, Seattle, Washington, 2003 to 2006
Anchor/Reporter, KOMO 1000 News, Seattle Washington, 2002 to 2004, member of the news team who debuted and delivered 24-hour news format
Public Relations/Employee Relations, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Seattle, Washington, 2001-2002, media liaison, employee communications, writer, liaison between agency and King County Executive’s office
Writer, KOMO 4 News, Seattle, Washington, 2001, all newscasts
Anchor/Reporter/Executive Producer, KTKA-TV & TWISTER 106.9, Topeka, Kansas, 1998 to 2001, Anchor/Executive Producer for 5:00 p.m. news and interview program, Co-Anchor/Executive Producer/Live Reporter for morning news program, Health and General Assignment Reporter for all newscasts, Anchor/Writer for sister radio station
Media Consultant, Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), Topeka, Kansas, 1998 to 2000, organized a media plan for the agency, helped educate employees about using print and broadcast media to execute the plan and promote the organization
Public Information Officer, Kansas Department on Aging, Topeka, Kansas, 1997 to 1998, manager of media relations, spokesperson, liaison between the agency and the legislature and Governor Bill Grave’s office, editor of employee newsletter, speech writer, communications specialist
Anchor/Reporter, KSNT-TV, Topeka, Kansas, 1995 to 1997, Anchor/Executive Producer of weekend newscasts, Assignment Manager/Staff Manager for weekend news team, Political and General Assignment Reporter for all newscasts, Fill-in Anchor for all weekday newscasts
Community Editor, The Sun Newspapers, Sun Publications, Inc., Overland Park, Kansas, 1994 to 1995, Editor of weekly column, General Assignment Reporter with emphasis on city government
Anchor/Reporter, KEZI-TV, Eugene, Oregon, 1990 to 1994, Anchor, Weekend Anchor/Producer, General Assignment Reporter, Weather Anchor, Writer and Assignment Manager for all newscasts, one of three team members to organize and debut an hour-long morning show, Co-Anchor/Producer/Writer for the AM news program
News Assistant & Sales Executive, KIRO-TV, Seattle, Washington, 1989 to 1990, Field Producer, Segment Producer, Writer and News Assistant, Sales Executive


Facilitator/Trainer, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), A World of Difference Institute,
Seattle, Washington, 2006 to 2009, facilitated interactive anti-bias trainings for educators and students, expanded participants’ understanding of individual and institutional prejudice and bigotry. Currently a contract facilitator/trainer

Discrimination Complaints, Anti-Defamation League, Pacific Northwest Office, Seattle, Washington, 2007, assisted with initial in-take and assessment of discrimination complaints to Pacific NW office in Seattle, reviewed cases with Interim Regional Director and Western States Counsel for follow-up steps, kept accurate records of discrimination complaints, supporting materials and ADL response

Group Exercise Instructor, 1983 – present, currently teach a variety of classes at health clubs throughout Salt Lake City, Utah. Taught numerous classes in Seattle, Washington, from 2001 to 2009 and other states prior to Seattle move

Group Exercise Director/Instructor, Pure Fitness/now L.A. Fitness, June 2006 to August 2007, managed group exercise programs and group exercise instructors, Group Exercise Director/Instructor for Mieko’s Fitness Centers - Edmonds, Lake City, Magnolia, Washington - 2001 to 2005
Account Executive, Control Data Business Management Services, Seattle, Washington and Denver, Colorado, 1986 to 1989, Manager/Sales Executive for payroll, accounting and human resources products


PTA President, Hillside Middle School, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 2010 – present

Board Member, Hellenic Community Foundation, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009 – present

Co-Chairman, Denver Metropolis Greek Orthodox Choir Conference, Summer 2010 – Summer 2011

Regional Administrator, San Francisco Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church Music Federation, 2007 – 2009,
Awarded Outstanding Volunteer in June 2009

Co-President, PTSA, Albert Einstein Middle School, Shoreline, Washington, 2008 -- 2009

Choir Director, Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, Seattle, Washington 2003 – 2008

Member of Organizing Committee for 2007 Greek Orthodox Church Music Federation Conference (Western States), Seattle, Washington, 2006 -- 2007

Washington State PTA Golden Acorn Award for Outstanding School Volunteer, Highland Terrace Elementary, Shoreline, Washington, 2006-2007

Anti-Defamation League, A World of Difference Institute, Anti-Bias Training, Seattle, Washington, May 2006


Post-Baccalaureate Journalism Program, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1989,
Studied Communications Law and Television News Reporting

Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1983, Additional: extensive studies in French and Spanish languages

American Council On Exercise, ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor since 1994
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