Work experience

Work experience
Jan 2009 - Present

Freelance Editor/Writer


Mentor high school juniors in Goodman Theatre's Cindy Bandle Young Critics program, developing their critical voice; teaching them the mechanics of writing, professional journalism and issues pertinent to women and criticism; seeing nine productions with them; meeting with them bimonthly during workshops; and editing their feature articles and play reviews. Copyedit articles and essays for Chicago regional theater's print publications. Edit and condense interviews for film review Web site. Research, write and copyedit press releases, bylined articles, case studies, white papers, repurposed articles and Web site content for business-to-business public relations firm.

Mar 2011 - Present

PR and Social Media Specialist

Fibre-Craft Materials Corp.

Work closely with Integrated Marketing Director on conceiving, executing and analyzing results of promotional and social media plans, as well as donations, giveaways and contests.Manage and maintain social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.Form and foster relationships with key people in industry, including mom bloggers and influential crafters.Write and edit copy for websites, email blasts, flyers and other promotional materials.Maintain and update company websites with news, events, staff profiles, partnership announcements and consumer engagement.Improve customer service/retention by working with other departments on handling and resolving complaints submitted via social media platforms in timely manner.Create and distribute press materials for consumer and trade media outlets.

Mar 2010 - Mar 2011

Editor/PR Specialist

Fibre-Craft Materials Corp.

Wrote, edited, proofread and fact-checked instructions and copy on consumer packaging for mass market retail in several drafts, working with graphic artists and other departments for most accurate information.  Researched packaging regulations in U.S. and Canada for branded and private label packaging and shared with graphics department to ensure compliance.  Worked with designers and crafters to create, write, photograph and upload craft projects to Creative Hands® website.  Served as liaison for toy-testing agencies, the visual merchandising department and other internal teams.

Apr 2006 - Jan 2009

Group Editor

Promoted to Group Editor over other managing editors to restore stability and reader loyalty in Hinsdale office, becoming responsible for all editorial decisions and processes in newsroom. Created and delivered internal and external communications for variety of key audiences, including readers, customers, government officials, community and group leaders, senior staff and employees. Conulted with senior management on messages and initiatives supporting corporate objectives and values, including policy changes, company accomplishments, staff announcements and special assignments. Managed flagship publication and up to 13 staff members. Oversaw hiring and training. Participated in twice daily teleconference meetings with senior management and contributed to decisions regarding editorial and company policy for Sun-Times News Group division. Supervised activities of editors, writers, photographers, designers, graphic artists and Web staff to assure agreed-upon objectives were met.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2009

News Managing Editor

Moved back into news to play larger role in staff's writing and reporting development. Demonstrated leadership on Editorial Board, wrote columns and editorials, supervised letters to the editor, and designed award-winning Opinion pages. Represented company to legislators, government officials, community and group leaders, and industry experts. Directed art department in story placement and page design and assisted with pagination when needed. Planned, assigned, and edited stories for print and online.

Jan 2002 - Jan 2005

Features Managing Editor

Promoted to Features Managing Editor to oversee lifestyle, arts and entertainment, business, real estate and health sections. Created exercises to improve editing, writing and reporting skills in newsroom. Conceived, planned, and produced first themed issue. Facilitated yearlong partnerships with nonprofits. Attended community events to form relationships with sources and readers. Assigned coverage that served in public relations capacity for nonprofits and other local clubs and groups. 

May 1999 - Jan 2002

Lead Writer

First reporter in office ever chosen to fill in for absent editors. Hired for flagship publication beat and within first few weeks given seat on Editorial Board. Pitched, researched and wrote six to eight stories a week, including editorials, news, education, business, features and entertainment. Analyzed taxing body budgets and campaign finance reports during elections.

May 1998 - May 1999

City Reporter/Designer

Researched and wrote five to seven stories a week: news, education, personality profiles and around-the-town column. Covered police, local politics and spot news. Received press materials from various public relations firms and used them to inform stories. Paginated news section and took photos.


Aug 1994 - May 1998

Bachelor of Arts

Northern Illinois University

Minor in Women's Studies

  • Received 1998 Outstanding Woman Student certificate.
  • Published poem and short story in school literary magazine.
  • Other honors and activities: Dean's list; Northern Star campus editor, editorial board member and columnist.

Editorial Portfolio