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Work History

June 2014Present

Content Specialist

JourneyCare (formerly Midwest CareCenter)
  • Serve as managing editor of "Together to Care" newsletter, an informational and fundraising tool distributed seasonally to 50,000 friends, supporters and patient family members of this hospice and palliative care organization
  • Interview staff, patients and community members for newsletter, external collateral, annual appeal, additional fundraising efforts and agency blog
  • Write communications on behalf of Executive Leadership Team
  • Target newsworthy stories and events and pitch to local and national media
  • Field media requests for feature stories and collaborate with reporters on coverage
  • Assist in developing crisis communications strategies
  • Publicize special events, including major fundraisers
  • Act as liaison to Volunteer Department, Foundation and Bereavement Team in coordinating special events and projects
  • Spread agency message, mission and branding via social media and other online channels
  • Develop and maintain vendor relationships
November 2011Present

Freelance Content Producer

Excela Health
  • Compose scripts for patient-targeted marketing videos
  • Interview staff members and write articles for external collateral
  • Edit print publications for errors and continuity
January 2013May 2014

News Editor

Sun-Times News Group
  • Lead a team of reporters and freelancers in covering breaking news, enterprise articles and features in central Lake County
  • Collaborated with Chicago Sun-Times editors to determine shared content between suburban and city publications
  • Chosen to implement new company content and workflow strategies and make them succeed for mass production
  • Budgeted and proofread multiple publications on strict deadlines
November 2000January 2013

Staff Writer and Assistant Editor

Daily Herald
  • Covered breaking news, features and general assignment reporting for this 100,000-circulation daily newspaper and its website,
  • Supervised a team of reporters and edits regional articles for the front news section, correcting style, content errors and ensuring factual accuracy
  • Planned event coverage, story and multimedia packages for print and web
  • Made guest appearances to discuss local stories on ABC 7 News and WBBM AM
  • Served as a representative for the Daily Herald, developing successful relationships with suburban business owners and public officials for story sourcing


Bachelor of Arts

Loyola University, Chicago

Magna Cum Laude

  • Named to Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit honors society
  • Communications Departmental Honors
  • Semester abroad at John Felice Rome Center, Rome, Italy


Robert Smith

Daily Herald DuPage Editor

Jennifer Miele

Excela Health Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Debra Mell

JourneyCare Lead Volunteer Coordinator

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Awards and Accomplishments

  • Chicago Headline Club 2010 Peter Lisagor Award, first place for deadline reporting; team coverage of the escape, manhunt and capture of fugitive Robert Maday.
  • Personal essay broadcast by National Public Radio and published in by a division of Random House in "That Takes Ovaries: Bold Women and their Brazen Acts.”
  • WMC Productions award recipient for supporting community theater through journalism.
  • Excellence award winner from the not-for-profit group Help End Addiction with Love, part of the Daily Herald’s fall 2002 “Hidden Scourge” series.

Selected Broadcast Appearances

ABC 7 Chicago

  • Ryder Cup brings ‘Tartan Art’ exhibit to Chicago area (13 May 2012)
  • Wood Dale school becomes one of three in Illinois to adopt service-learning curriculum (11 March 2012)
  • Illinois rolls out extra grants in late summer to create teen jobs (14 Aug 2011)
  • Unemployed electrician from Roselle, IL finds work in Afghanistan (1 May 2011)
  • First roller derby team forms in DuPage County, IL (28 Jan 2011)
  • Man from West Chicago, IL creates The List Project to relocate Iraq War refugees (19 Oct 2008)
  • College in Addison, IL introduces major in video game design (30 Sept 2007)

WBBM Newsradio 780

  • DuPage towns calculate cleanup costs from major storm damage (12 July 2012)
  • Condo in Itasca, IL does reverse condo conversion due to housing market (19 Jan 2012)
  • Scandal-fraught DuPage Housing Authority in Wheaton, IL gets new director (5 Jan 2012)
  • Freshman football team from Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL has shutout season (4 Nov 2011)
  • Halloween retailers share costume trends and suggestions (28 October 2011)
  • Local pageant judging scandal in Roselle, IL (26 May 2011)
  • Pet adoption center operating without permit inside Petco can now stay (24 Mar 2011)
  • Baby alligators found inside home in Bloomingdale, IL (21 Jan 2011)

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Elisabeth Mistretta joined JourneyCare, formerly known as Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, in 2014 as a Content Specialist. The heart of her work focuses on identifying and developing mission stories the focus on the patients, staff and volunteers throughout the agency's 10-county service area in Chicago and northern Illinois. Her work is targeted for media campaigns, internal and external collateral and donor relations.

Mistretta also utilizes her storytelling and editing skills for Excela Health, a three-hospital health system in Westmoreland County, PA. In 2016, Excela earned several "Best Hospital" distinctions from U.S. News and World Report.

Previously, she served as a news editor at Pioneer Press/Sun-Times Media Group from January 2013 to May 2014. She lead a staff of four reporters and a team of freelancers who covered breaking news, enterprise stories and features in Lake Forest, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Deerfield and Highland Park.

For 12 years, she was a staff writer at the Daily Herald's DuPage County bureau and previously served as an assistant weekend editor. She primarily covered breaking news and feature stories throughout the county of nearly 1 million residents, while also representing her work and the newspaper at-large on ABC 7 TV News and WBBM Radio.

Mistretta covered a series of Page 1 stories for the 2012 Ryder Cup, the golf world's most prestigious event, in Medinah. She was part of a team that won a 2010 Lisagor Award for covering breaking news of fugitive Robert Maday, which led police on a 48 hour manhunt throughout the Chicago area. 

In 2003, her work was published in the book "That Takes Ovaries: Bold Women and their Brazen Acts." After the book inspired a nonprofit organization that helps abused women throughout the world, Mistretta hosted open mic events with professional authors throughout Chicago that raised funds for the cause.

Mistretta served from 2010 to 2014 on the alumni board of directors for the Loyola University John Felice Rome Center, where she studied Italian language, art and history. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago and was selected for the Medill School of Journalism's Academy for Future Journalists at Northwestern University.