Erika M. Whitmore

Erika M. Whitmore

Television Producer, Director,                                                       Writer  and Hi-Tech Publicist

Work experience

Work experience
2012 - Present


Due to Serious Illness

Volunteered At Dove Lewis Animal Hospital and did fund-raising for various organizations including the National Brain Tumor Association

Jun 2010 - 2012

Senior Executive Administrative Assistant 

Though this is not my vocation of choice, I excelled in a wide range of temporary and long-term Senior Executive Administrative assignments with the following companies:

  • Clark Lindauer, LLP 
  • EPIQ Systems 
  • KPMG 
  • Lifewise Health Plan of Oregon 
  • Northwest Health Foundation 
  • OHSU ( Oregon Health and Science University)  
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation 
  • Oregon School Boards’ Association 
  • Randstad US 
  • Travel Oregon (Portland Oregon Visitor's Association
  • Tripwire

Held key support role to high-level executives in sales, marketing and other departments. Responsible for front line administrative duties in fast-paced offices in a variety of environments. Duties included on-going coordination of multiple executives’ schedules using Outlook and other proprietary scheduling software. Managed all travel arrangements, conference preparation, event planning, meeting agendas and action items, etc. Handled multi-line incoming and outgoing calls, processed billing, expense reports, RFPs, grant proposals, administrative policies and check requests. Facilitated teleconferences, prepared agendas, simultaneous iWeb interactions and managed corporate sponsorships, promotional, incentive/bonus programs, corporate off-sites, team builders and project coordination. Developed marketing materials, weekly and monthly sales reports and wrote press releases and other promotional and sales/marketing materials. Assignments acquired through the following personnel agencies:

·Adecco, ·Advanced Personnel Services, ·Boly-Welch, Kelly Services, Northwest Staffing and Randstad US

2009 - 2010

Interpretative Services Dispatcher

Oregon Health and Sciences University - OHSU
  • Managed and dispatched 22 in-house (and three additional agencies of) medical interpreters between the doctors, nurses and non-English speaking patients of OHSU.
  • Kept calm demeanor during emergencies. Instituted many administrative systems to help expedite and improve customer service and productivity.
  • Studied and spoke various phrases in a wide variety of languages including Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Arabic.
  • Consistently trained in HIPAA standards, medical safeguards and interpersonal relations.
  • Proficient in using OHSU’s in-house patient medical records database, EPIC.
2006 - 2008

Freelance PR professional

Various Consumer and High-Tech Clientele
  • Developed press releases, monthly sales reports and other promotional or sales/marketing and administrative materials.
  • Wrote Q & A’s, FAQ sheets and other press pieces for client use. 
  • Interviewed key media and local spokespeople including then mayor Vera Katz and  jazz club owner Jimmy Mak.
  • Was innovative in creating additional strategies and ideas to further promote our clients’ products and services. 
  • Clients included high tech, consumer and local Portland-based industries.
2005 - 2006

News Writer and Segment Producer

KATU Channel 2
  • Wrote daily news stories for local ABC affiliate’s evening news programs ­– coverage including breaking news, national, local, political, crime, etc. 
  • Worked with producers and reporters on preferred angle of story. Hunted down most recent wire updates and stories written by sister networks. 
  • Contacted local authorities, hospitals and law officials to obtain last minute details and updates before going live. 
  • Tracked photographer schedules and coordinated with assignment desk. Initiated story links with web department. 
  • Used Associated Press’ ENPS software program to create VO’s, VOSOTs, appropriate graphics, CGs, full-screen graphics and franchise pieces. 
  • Downloaded Pathfire and NewsOne feeds to incorporate in stories I was writing. 
  • Selected sound bytes from raw footage, stripped VO’s into on-camera tags from packages, and gave specific editingdirection lists to editors for stories I’d written. 
  • Ran teleprompter for anchors while live on-air.
2003 - 2005

High-Tech Public Relations Account Executive (Microsoft primary client)

Waggener Edstrom
  • Managed and drove front-line client relationships, provided strategic and tactical advice and was responsible for the implementation of communication solutions for my client -- Microsoft. 
  • Facilitated press meetings, events, panels and orchestrated the details surrounding trade shows, including CeBIT America 2003 in New York. Served as liaison between panel organizers, Inc. Magazine, and panel members, Intel and Toshiba. 
  • Provided direct, honest counsel to client. Apprised client on influentials’ thinking, activity status and PR results. Established a true rapport, trust and mutual respect with my clients. 
  • Served as day-to-day contact with influential media on behalf of my Microsoft clients. Added strategic value by sharing broader industry context and analysis.
  • Developed organized, professional, concise written materials and emails that provided “value-add” and relevance to my client’s business.
2001 - 2003

Booking Manager/Talent Manager

  • Booked guests for TechTV’s nightly live news broadcast program, Tech Live. Guests included major technology industry experts, high-tech corporate CEOs and Hollywood celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Herbie Hancock, Tom Hanks, George Lucas and Christopher Reeve (more extensive list available)
  • Was instrumental in producing TechTV’s half-hour special, “Bond: Guns, Gadgets and Girls” and the five preliminary nightly segments to promote MGM’s “Die Another Day” launch
  • Scheduled celebrity and expert interviews, conducted pre-interviews with guests, and wrote sample questions 
  • As the sole entertainment booker for the show, I arranged movie junkets, on-set shoots, and met with major television and movie studio executives 
  •  Pitched and developed news stories during twice daily meetings with show editors and producers and consistently delivered necessary elements; VNRs, EPKs, experts, etc; by nightly show deadline
  • Cultivated an extensive Rolodex and developed relationships with news contacts and entertainment industry sources
  • Utilized the latest newsroom graphics and guest booking software
1999 - 2001

High-Tech Public Relations Account Executive - (Sony Electronics, primary client)

TSI / Mindstorm Communications
  • Extensive experience with strategic public relations planning, client and media relations, editorial and analyst tour booking and conducting intensive competitive research and industry analysis
  • Exhibit excellent writing skills, generating creative ideas to promote clients
  • Also exhibit superior quality in monthly reporting, meeting preparation, trade show support, etc
  • Primary clients include Sony Electronics’ PC Division, Sony’s Storage Division, Sony’s eMarker device and MiniDisc camera accounts. Additional clients include iManage, AgileVision, SGI and Snapfish.
1997 - 1999


Ten Speed Press
  • Promoted 20-30 titles and authors a year, which included press material writing and design, planning national book tours, media pitching and scheduling for major television, radio, magazines and newspapers
  • Developed strategic marketing plans, collaborated with editorial, production, marketing, sales and acquisitions on variety of book promotion projects
  • Responsible for instituting and editing author video demo reels for media pitches
  • Reviewed and evaluated manuscripts, represented publisher at various trade show and author events, built and maintained strong media relationships and contacts 
  • Solely responsible for author placement including “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, Howard Stern, People magazine, “The Big Breakfast” (UK), and various radio programs on NPR, ABC and the BBC.
1992 - 1997

Producer, Director, Screenwriter

SFTV/ Paragon Productions
  • Conceived of and created scripts for local (San Francisco Bay Area) television commercials, marketing and sales videos, editorial segments and corporate training videos. 
  • Extensive experience working as producer, director, art director, casting director, off-line editor, online editing supervisor, on-camera talent, voice-over artist and a variety of other positions. 
  • Production clients included the San Francisco Giants, Discovery Channel, Cirque du Soleil, Kodak and Paramount’s Great America.


1988 - 1993

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Broadcast Communication Arts

San Francisco State University

Graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University's Broadcast Communication Arts department with a minor in Writing for the Media.