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  • Marketing
  • Journalist
  • Business consulting
  • Business strategy
  • Story editing
  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Gardening
  • manual labor

My professional life has involved crafting stories in a compelling and convincing manner. Over the last 20 years, I’ve done that as a print and broadcast journalist, democracy advocate, and hired hand for Fortune 500 companies. From a more practical standpoint, I’m a skilled writer and editor that has used my skills to tell stories that appeared in everything from tweets to 100 page reports on public health. I’ve written and edited stories, columns and opinion pieces for newspapers, magazines, non-profit groups, radio, television and social media. Along the way, I also directed all aspects of public communications for two small non-profit groups. Every organization and person has a story to tell, and I can help do that in a compelling, concise and accurate way. I am open to part time or full time work. I hope this brief rundown of my recent professional work is helpful. Thanks for your time, Jim SENIOR WRITER, Subject Matter, Washington, DC October 2016 to current Working as temporary, full time contract, producing a wide variety of written content for large and small clients of a mid-sized public affairs and communications agency. Output includes strategy memos for prospective and existing clients, public reports on environmental sustainability for a Fortune 500 company, proposal to RFPs from prospective clients, and web content. COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, DC Vote, September 2011 to June 2016 Led all communications functions for non-profit advocating democracy for the District of Columbia, managing a three-person team. Placed numerous op-eds, letters to the editor and stories in publications, including the Washington Post. Wrote and edited all of the organization’s publications, fact sheets, testimony and press releases COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT, July 2010 to Sept. 2011 Developed and executed full range of communications strategies for advocacy organizations, elected officials, and businesses. Focus on messaging, earned media and placement of op-eds and stories. COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, DC Appleseed Center, June 2007 to June 2010 Directed all communications activities of influential non-profit focused on government policy in the metropolitan Washington, DC region. POLITICAL COLUMNIST/ANALYST, Washington City Paper, March 2005 to July 2007 Wrote widely-read weekly column called Loose Lips focused on District of Columbia politics and government. Appeared regularly on local radio and television programs as analyst. SENIOR REPORTER/NEWS DIRECTOR, WAMU Radio, August 1999 to Feb. 2005 Reported and produced features and daily news stories for large-market public radio station that broadcasts hourly local newscasts. Served as Acting News Director for 18 months. FREELANCE REPORTER, Washington, DC. Dec. 1996 to August 1999 Wrote and delivered news and features for wide range of national radio programs covering business, sports, and the environment, including Marketplace, NPR’s Living on Earth and Only a Game. Focused on full-length, sound-rich feature stories. FREELANCE REPORTER, Bangkok, Thailand. Oct. 1995 to Nov. 1996 Covered Southeast Asia for a variety of national and international print and radio outlets. Developed beats covering the auto and shipping industries in the entire region, and wrote general news and features for a number of broadcast and print outlets including, Marketplace, Voice of America, The Dallas Morning News, World Trade magazine, and Automotive News. MANAGING EDITOR, Inside EPA, Arlington, VA. April 1991 to Nov. 1995 Covered federal regulatory agencies and Congress at independent newsletter focused on environmental policy. LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT, Sen. Donald Riegle, Washington, DC. Dec. 1988 to April 1991 Analyzed bills and researched and wrote legislation for senator representing a state at the center of the manufacturing sector.