Work History

Work History
Jun 2014 - Present

Senior Brand Communications Specialist

Midwest CareCenter
  • Managing editor of Connection newsletter, a bi-annual informational and fundraising tool for this hospice and palliative care organization that serves more than 4,000 patients annually
  • Identify newsworthy stories and events and pitch to local and national media
  • Interview staff, patients and family members for internal communications
  • Publicize special events, including major fundraisers 
Jan 2013 - May 2014

News Editor

Sun-Times News Group
  • Edits a team of reporters and freelancers to cover breaking news, enterprise articles and features in central Lake County
  • Collaborates 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
  • Budgets and proofs multiple publications on strict deadlines
2000 - 2012

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, 3.7/4.0 GPA

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

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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.