Ed Cohen

Ed Cohen



University of Notre Dame

One undergraduate course in graphic design

One graduate course (master of science in administration program) on accounting for nonprofit organizations

Jan 2008 - Dec 2008

Master of Communication Management


First journalist to graduate from this pioneering program

Relevant coursework:

  • Introduction to Online Communities
  • Technologies of Online Communities
  • Social Dynamics of Communication Technologies
  • Uses of Communication Research
  • Development of American Media Industry
  • Internet Policy, Practice and Religion

Internships / Co-curricular

  • PeopleJam.com - Conducted e-marketing and crafted articles and book reviews for this self-help Mecca.
  • Tech Coast Angels - Led due-diligence research on an online video service for this noted angel investor group in Los Angeles.
  • LOUD3R.com - Developed language explaining the purpose and policies of this startup news-aggregator network.
  • Reporter, Annenberg Radio News. Performed digital field reporting and editing using Adobe Audition and I-News cast-management software.
  • Editing intern, author, BleacherReport.com, fan/journalist site (2009).

Work History

Work History
Jul 2007 - Jul 2010

Director of Marketing and Communication

University of Nevada Sanford Center for Aging

Boosted participation in volunteer and community-outreach education programming by single-handedly developing visual identity and communications infrastructure for this fully endowed center.

  • Wrote, edited and sometimes designed brochures, newsletters (print and electronic), conference posters, information cards and other marketing collateral
  • Conceived and created all text for the organization's new website
  • Ghost-wrote a monthly newspaper column for the director and op-eds for other officers
  • Developed and wrote lobbying and fund-raising materials
  • Attracted newspaper and television coverage of center investigations and events
  • Created sophisticated PowerPoint presentations explaining the center's programs and initiatives
  • Developed an extensive interior installation illustrating the organization's scope, necessity and accomplishments
  • Helped develop a successful monthly open-house program
  • Assisted in grant writing
  • Addressed community groups on behalf of the center
  • Coordinated and supervised outside photography and publications and Web design

* During 2008 I continued to provide many of the above services while living in Los Angeles and completing a one-year, full-time communication-management master's degree at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. 

Jan 2006 - Jul 2007

Director of University Communications and Publications

University of Nevada
  • Revamped all publications -- including a quarterly magazine -- to project a more sophisticated image and reinforce a brand concept that emphasized the university’s statewide reach, relevance and importance.
  • The new magazine featured two-thirds more pages, 20 new departments and an interactive website with e-commerce capability.
  • Launched entrepreneurial ventures in advertising and the selling of prints of the new poster-style original-artwork magazine covers.
  • Arriving after a period that saw many formal grievances filed against management, I restored staff morale and a sense of mission.
  • Supervised a team of seven employees (three writer-editors,graphic designer, publications manager/designer,photographer and administrative assistant).
  • Established budget priorities and charted editorial direction for essentially all publications of this 17,000-student, land-grant, flagship state university.
Jul 1995 - Jan 2006

Associate Editor, Notre Dame Magazine

  • Won or shared in more than a dozen national and regional awards for writing and editing excellence
  • Supported the Generations capital campaign, which had a goal of $767 million and raised $1.061 billion.
  • Redeveloped, wrote and edited Notre Dame news section
  • Invented, wrote Seen and Heard and Domers in the News columns
  • Devised magazine’s unique back-cover visuals, the premiere of which was later turned into a poster and offered as a premium to readers donating $30 or more to the magazine’s voluntary subscription fund. Subsequent posters helped boost voluntary subscriptions to more than $500,000 per year.
  • Created and wrote Online Checkbacks
  • Supervised one or more student interns per semester
  • Created and led Student Advisory Board.

Widely regarded as one of the most ambitious publications of its type, Notre Dame Magazine is a 96-page quarterly consisting mainly of essays and "think pieces" on ethics, values, society, religion and other special concerns of the University of Notre Dame. The magazine is distributed to more than 150,000 alumni, employees and friends of the university as well as general (paid) subscribers, libraries, media and Catholic schools and institutions worldwide.

Dec 1988 - Jul 1995

Associate Director, University Communications, for Editorial Projects

  • Editor of Akron, national-award-winning quarterly magazine distributed to more than 78,000 alumni, friends, faculty and staff of the University of Akron (Ohio's third-largest university).
  • Crafted award-winning display advertisements.
  • Copy-edited scores of university publications.
  • Supervising editor of Akron Update, a biweekly faculty-staff newspaper I redeveloped.
  • Collaborated on successful media strategies, including placing a feature on ABC's 20/20.
Jun 1987 - Dec 1988

Managing Editor, Maryland Today

University of Maryland Central Administration
  • Managing editor, writer, occasional photographer for Maryland Today, quarterly features tabloid distributed to more than 190,000 alumni, faculty and friends of the University of Maryland.
Nov 1982 - Jul 1987

Business Reporter. Occasionally subbed for section editor.

The News Journal Company
  • Covered utilities, agriculture and general business
  • Received formal recognition for reporting/writing excellence from owner Gannett Company several times
  • Received Magnum Opus award for beat-written feature of the year
Nov 1985 - Feb 1986

Life section reporter/editor

USA Today
  • Researched and wrote articles.
  • Specialized in consumer high-tech pieces
  • Copy editing
Jun 1981 - Nov 1982

Business and General-Assignment Reporter

News & Daily Advance
  • Reported on all aspects of local business.
  • Help lead investigation of corruption in the local humane society.
  • Researched and co-wrote groundbreaking series of features on the city's movers and shakers.




Radio reporting and editing

Digital audio reporting and editing (Adobe Audition, I-News)

Public speaking

I was briefly a candidate for congress and have been a spokesperson for several community organizations.

Digital photography

Online site development and marketing

Search-Engine Optimization (SEO), Search-Engine Marketing (SEM), site-traffic analysis (Google Analytics, Alexa, Compete), blogging.

Desktop publishing

Extensive experience with InDesign, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Publisher, Photoshop, etc.

Writing and editing

Newspaper and magazine news and feature writing, creative nonfiction, humor, commentary, persuasive, web, broadcast


Ed is an award-winning writer, editor and publications manager who has worked for the nation's largest newspaper, USA Today, and one of the world's most admired universities, Notre Dame. In 2008 he became the first person from a journalism backgroundto earn the master's degree in the Annenberg Program on Online Communities of USC's renowned Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Selected Honors

First Place, 2005 Catholic Press Association awards.

Gold Medalist, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards, 2005, 2001, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1993.

Silver Medalist, CASE Circle of Excellence Awards, 2004, 1998. Bronze medalist, 2004, 1996.

First Place, Society of Professional Journalists’ Best in Indiana Contest, 2002, 1999.

Public service

Co-founder, USC Interfaith Peace Coalition, 2008.

Advocacy committee chair, Invisible Children at USC, 2008.

Holiday volunteer, Salvation Army of Reno

Local steering committee member, event host, organizer, MoveOn.org, 2003-present.

“Instigator” (creator), producer, writer, announcer, the Irish Inquisition, Notre Dame, 2003-05.

President, board member, website administrator, newsletter editor, Farmington Square Homeowners Association, 2000-03.

Press liaison, Michiana Peace & Justice Coalition, 2004-05.

House captain and co-captain, Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April), 2000-05.

Fund-raiser, Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Christmas, 2003-05.

Mentor, Notre Dame Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services, 1999-05.