"Joan is energetic and passionate about communications. She has a background in journalism and a facility for storytelling through new media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter. She created an excellent electronic newsletter for UC Riverside's Extension program. She is also a creative writer and contributed many good ideas to university publications."
Director of Media Relations
University of California, Riverside
"Joan is a seasoned, Web-savvy media professional who can handle a variety of stories ranging from light features to hard news on deadline. She is a dedicated writer, and team leader, with a proven track record who approaches communications and marketing projects with creativity, sensitivity and a strong work ethic. Well-wired in new media tools, I have turned to Joan to help guide me through the latest in web communications for personal and professional use."
Office of Los Angeles City
Councilmember Ed P. Reyes
"Joan was a top-notch crime reporter, fearless, inventive and competitive. She led the paper's coverage of a Metrolink accident in which two small children were hit and killed by a train as their mother, a drug addict, slept in their nearby apartment -- a major story -- and also excelled at enterprise reporting, digging into the human side of the coroner's office in one memorable piece, and in another (award-winning) story, telling the tale of a drug-recognition expert who discovered his own son had overdosed on heroin."
Director of Audience Development at Digital First Media