Elisabeth Mistretta joined Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter in 2014 as a senior brand communications specialist. She works with clinical staff and patients to gather stories of care for the organization's internal communications, media campaigns and donor relations.
Prior to this, she was a news editor at Pioneer Press/Sun-Times Media Group from January 2013 to May 2014. She edited 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 in Bloomingdale, Roselle, Itasca, Medinah and the DuPage County Forest Preserve, as well as Addison, Bensenville and Wood Dale.
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. Mistretta also has appeared on ABC 7 Chicago to highlight her stories, including a piece on a local man who helped resettle hundreds of Iraqi refugees in the U.S.
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 sits 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.