Gail Gedan Spencer

Freelance Editor & Blog Writer

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Location:Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/gailgedanspencer
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Award-winning editor and blogger with success creating engaging, thoughtful and witty copy and headlines. Strengths include writing, editing, building reader interest, bringing people to Web sites and SEO writing. Areas of expertise in health, fitness, food and pop culture.

Work history
July 2008-present: Freelance writer and editor
Editor for HealthNewsFlorida.org, Web site that features health and health policy news from sources throughout Florida. Responsible for selection of consumer, opinion and news stories as well as editing of columnists. National weight loss writer for Examiner.com, writing multiple times a week on topics of diet, health, fitness and weight loss.

October 1999-July 2008: Senior copy editor, Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Responsible for editing and slotting features, food, travel, home & garden and entertainment sections, writing and editing cover and inside headlines. Often called upon to improve existing headlines and brainstorm story and section concepts. Created and wrote The Skinny, a diet and fitness blog, which gained national attention. Also wrote a fitness video column, compiled and contributed to home-tech page and contributed to shopping blog.

April 1994-October 1999: Assistant features editor, News Journal, Wilmington, Del.
Responsible for coverage of food, home and garden, fashion, travel and other features. Worked with reporters on developing stories, and editing. Collaborated with page designers planning packaging and presentation, section redesign.

June 1990-April 1994: Features copy editor, Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif.
Responsible for editing and inside design of nationally recognized food section. Design and editing of TV magazine. Duties also included general editing and writing food stories.

August 1987-June 1990: Features copy editor, Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Features editing and page design. Also styled food photo shoots.

October 1984-August 1987: News copy editor, Florida Today, Melbourne, Fla.
Copy editor, content editor, page design, occasional film reviews. January-May 1987, on loan to USA Today and Gannett News Service in Arlington, Va., Copy and content editing, layout.

Awards:
2001: Best headline, Sun-Sentinel Readers’ Choice awards
2002: Second place, headlines, American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors
2006: Second place, headlines, Florida Society of Newspaper Editors
2007: First place, headlines, Sunshine State Awards
2007: Second place, headlines, Florida Society of Newspaper Editors
2008: Second place, blogs, Florida Society of Newspaper Editors

Education:
University of Florida, Gainesville,1984 bachelor of science in journalism, with concentrations in editing and videotex, minor in film studies.
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Editing
Blog Writing