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yyyyyy x. yyyyyy                                         

0000 xxxxxx xxxx , xxxx , xxxxx 00000

(xxx-xxx-xxxx cell / ( xxx-xxx-xxxx  home

career objective                              

award-winning, results-driven communications specialist eager to contribute superior writing, editing, and public relations skills toward supporting a progressive organization in achieving short- and long-term goals


ø  offer numerous years of experience in print and online editing, writing, and marketing, with expertise in driving organizational efforts to increase market share and community awareness

ø  plan and oversee content research, development, layout, production, and publication; author press releases, collateral, internal and external newsletters, and internet materials

ø  develop and implement highly effective marketing / communications strategies and manage media relations

ø  successfully identify and capitalize on opportunities to penetrate and develop highly competitive markets

ø  dynamic communication, presentation, negotiation, and relationship management skills; extensive network of washington dc area contacts in the political, public advocacy, business, and social spheres

ø  consistently meet critical deadlines while maintain exceptional levels of quality and accuracy; keen eye for detail

ø  proactive team player equally effective in independent and collaborative environments


~ key achievements ~

ø  lead writer on1994 pulitzer prize-winning year-long series on race relations, a question of color, for the akron beacon journal

ø  published book of short stories, soul songs, in 2001

ø  granted awards from the society of professional journalists and the associated press for 2004 series on ohio's undocumented worker population

ø  winner of multiple awards for political and social issues reporting, including coverage of the 2006 ohio u.s. senate race and the 2004 presidential race

ø  recipient of ohio ap award for best political profile for feature story on former u.s. senator mike dewine (2007)

ø  serve as a guest speaker and lecturer at various community functions, universities, churches, schools, and social groups

professional experience                

freelance journalist, washington, dc                                                                                                  2008 c present

  • prepare written materials including press releases, speeches, book chapters, news summaries / postings, annual reports, and web copy for a diverse client base of news services, nonprofit organizations, and lobbying groups throughout the washington, dc metro area


reporter / columnist, akron beacon journal, akron, oh                                                                            1983 c 2008

online reporter / city hall reporter (2007 c 2008)

politics reporter (2003 c 2007)

special projects / staff reporter (2001 c 2003 / 1990 c 1993)

columnist (1993 c 2001)

features reporter (1983 c 1990)  

  • assigned to cover topics ranging from national, state, and local politics to investigative reports to racial disparity, education, and youth violence issues for print and online editions
  • notable stories included the kirtland cult killings, the oklahoma city bombing, the plight of undocumented workers in ohio s poultry and dairy industries, the 2004 presidential election, and the 2006 ohio u.s. senate race


media relations specialist / editor, case western reserve university, cleveland, oh                               1980 c 1983

  • successfully managed 2-member monthly alumni magazine staff and directed all editorial coverage


columnist, the cleveland call & post, cleveland, oh                                                                                1980 c 1983

  • authored column on politics and social issues for african-american weekly newspaper



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public relations specialist, national caucus & center on the black aged, washington, dc                         1978 c 1980

  • reported and edited stories for a monthly magazine produced for the nonprofit organization; additionally developed and implemented communication plan, including position statements, speeches, and outreach campaigns to advance the organization s mission


associate editor / reporter, national association of housing & redevelopment officials, washington, dc   1975 c 1978

  • prepared articles for the journal of housing, the monthly publication of this national nonprofit advocating for issues of importance to public housing authorities


bachelor of science in communications, ohio university, athens, oh


~ professional development ~

political reporting, western knight center for specialized journalism, denver, co

narrative reporting, knight ridder

investigative reporters and editors

effective storytelling, the poynter institute, st petersburg, fl

computer-assisted reporting, kent state university, kent, oh

public relations, marketing, & business administration courses, case western reserve university, cleveland, oh


~ professional affiliations & community activity ~

member, national association of black journalists

reading tutor, project learn

member, united black fund of cleveland

past board member, twinsburg public library foundation



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