Jeff Van Pelt

Jeff Van Pelt

Work experience

Work experience
Jun 2014 - Present

Associate Consultant, Communications

Liberty Mutual

Oversee communications efforts for Commercial Insurance IT group. 

Jul 2013 - Jun 2014

Independent Writer, Editor and Communicator


Freelance public relations and editorial expert. 

Jul 2011 - Jul 2013

Media Relations and Communications Specialist

Cellular Specialties, Inc.

Oversaw PR, media and internal communications for leading in-building wireless services provider. Developed and executed communications plans. Developed marketing materials and plans. Used both traditional PR and social media tools, such as press releases, ghostwritten bylined articles, online community building, case studies, job profiles and media pitches to increase sales and position CSI as a thought leader. 

Jul 2002 - Jul 2011

Communications Manager / Editor

Lincoln Financial Group

Oversaw media relations for retail distribution division, including developing yearly communications plans, pitching story ideas, writing and placing bylined articles, coordinating interviews and serving as spokesperson. Wrote and distributed press releases. Drafted speeches and talking points for senior management. Assisted in oversight of external PR agency. Served as Editor-in-Chief of award-winning quarterly field publication. Duties included writing, editing, compiling content and overseeing art direction. Oversaw local leadership team to address site-specific issues and organize annual local CEO town hall meetings. Oversaw editorial content for public website and employee newsletter.

Sep 2000 - Jan 2002

Web Editor - CleanRooms, Data Storage and InfoStor

PennWell Publishing

Oversaw editorial content of three leading business-to-business magazine web sites. Wrote news stories daily, updated news feeds, and coordinated coverage of larger stories with print staff. Compiled weekly electronic newsletters. Significantly increased site traffic through the development of online community and strategic partnerships.

May 2000 - Sep 2000

Channel Editor -


Developed and maintained news and sports sections for leading business-tailored Internet portal site. Updated news feeds regularly to provide users with latest updates. Created dynamic content packages.

Jun 1998 - May 2000

Editorial Page Editor/Assistant News Editor

Laconia Citizen

Selected material and edited text for op-ed section. Designed and laid out editorial, letters to the editor and nation/world pages. Wrote daily editorials. Assisted with management of news staff. Previously served as general assignment reporter/photographer for Sunday and daily paper.

Oct 1997 - Jun 1998

Staff Writer

Portales News-Tribune

Worked as the only general assignment reporter for daily paper. Covered and reported on all aspects of community life, including city and county government, police, courts, agriculture and education.

Feb 1995 - Oct 1997

Staff Writer

Foster's Daily Democrat

Reported on all aspects of municipal government including city council, budget, and economic growth for large Seacoast daily. Cultivated outstanding relationships with U.S. government and union sources while covering Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.