QUALIFICATIONS More than ••••• years experience in corporate communications, journalism, technical and non-technical writing, columnist, editing, public relations/marketing, media relations, community relations, and content writing. Successful writer, numerous published tech and non-tech news, feature and editorial articles; won several Air Force writing awards, including Journalist of the Year. Skilled communicator, leader, supervisor, manager and problem-solver. Sharp editing skills, well versed in style guides, including AP and technical styles. Broad background in media relations, including writing news releases, conducting interviews, advertising and promotions, publicizing and conducting media events. Dedicated “go to” guy for short-notice assignments and tough deadlines. Seasoned professional able to work with others, yet capable of going it alone.
WORK HISTORY ••••• Health Dialog Technical writer for new product introductions and marketing initiatives. Worked on special project for a new health care software product; developed and wrote online/offline documentation, including User Manuals, White Papers, Help Desk Information, etc. Also worked with software architecture team to develop a white paper series on Architectural Governance.
••••• Self-Employed - Write-Way Independent Editorial Services LLC Founder, president & chief technical writer Independent writing firm offering an outsource for marketing writing/editing/consulting to technical company clients in various industries, including bylined features for publication, white papers, technical notes, case studies, and more.
••••• Pennwell Publishing Co. Senior Technical Editor for monthly fiber-optic magazine, Lightwave, circulation •••••,•••••+. Wrote technology news and feature articles as well as four monthly columns. Edited contributed articles, attended trade shows and conducted numerous interviews. Able to achieve a high degree of technical subject knowledge in minimal time. Worked equally well from business office and home office to meet deadlines.
••••• U.S. Air Force Public Affairs/Journalist Superintendent, responsible for managing, training and supervising a •••••person public affairs office, including community and media relations programs. Managing editor for weekly production of a •••••page weekly base newspaper. Media relations liaison for local, national, and international news media. Community relations manager for ensuring a quality relationship with the local community. Served as official Air Force spokesperson and speech writer” for commander and staff. Dubbed the most prolific Air Force journalist in Operation Desert Storm with more than ••••• news and feature articles marketed to military and international news media. Coordinated publicity and public relations efforts for base – recognized for achievements. Served as deployed Air Force spokesperson and international media contact during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, (Saudi Arabia), Operation Restore Hope (Somalia), Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti), Operation Intrinsic Action (Kuwait), Hurricane Andrew Relief Efforts (Florida), Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia) and South Africa’s first air show. Media coordinator for the Air Force’s aircraft gunnery competition, Gunsmoke. Air Force Awards include: Air Force Commendation Medal (2), Air Force Achievement Medal (4), Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for Valor, Air Force Good Conduct Medal (6), National Defense Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Medal (2), Southwest Asia Campaign Medal (2), Air Force Humanitarian Medal (2)l and Kuwait Liberation Medals from both the Republic of Kuwait and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
EDUCATION Associates Degree in Applied Science, Public Affairs/Relations and Journalism, CCAF Advanced Air Force PR/Journalism Course, Air Force Institute of Technology Distinguished Graduate, Basic Journalism, Defense Information School Graduate, Air Force Leadership Academy, England Air Force Base
REFERENCES AND WRITING SAMPLES Available on request.