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.