Excelled in English, reading and history in school in California. Graduated from CSUN with a Journalism degree. Worked for 17 years (so far) as a professional writer. Along the way I have tutored adult students who struggled with literacy and a South Korean woman looking to improve her speaking skills for the verbal grad school exam (TOEFL).
I have been giving lessons for one-and-a-half years.
I have taught 3 students.
My students told me that their reading comprehension, spelling and writing improved. For the woman who wanted to re-take the TOEFL, she said she improved, but had decided against taking the test for the third time.
Experienced, dedicated, writer and communications professional with several years in development, research, editing and publishing of more than 3,000 articles. Skills include the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Education & Certifications
• Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) - California State University Northridge
• Grant Writing – Certification
Marketing Writer (freelance) Houston Methodist Hospital/ June – July 2016
Collaborated with members of the marketing team to produce content for web pages.
Researched Houston’s most affluent neighborhoods in order to make content appropriate to a target audience.
Writer/Reporter Houston Community News
Researched topics, interviewed subject matter experts in the fields of public safety, business, transportation, politics and medicine within these suburbs north of Houston. Collaborated with editors and reporters to cover breaking news.
Other duties included photography, shooting video and updating the newspaper website.
PATCH.COM Writer/Editor (Freelance) - June 2012 – Sept. 2012
Monitored local news websites under the AOL umbrella as a freelance editor/writer for various clients.
Edited content from contributors for publication under tight deadlines.
Interviewed, photographed and researched subjects for news and feature content.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Newspaper/ Lead Writer/Reporter - 2002 – June 2012
Developed, wrote and edited news articles for this 70,000 circulation daily newspaper located 35 miles east of Los Angeles.
Wrote breaking news, briefs, full-length human interest and news analysis content. Developed the ability to gather facts quickly and write for fast, daily, sometimes hourly turn-around.
Interviewed key subjects to obtain article details, established and maintained rapport with sources in various county agencies.
Recognized by law enforcement officials for an in-depth article on volunteer mountain rescue squads in two Southern California counties.
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