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I'm an avid knitter, decent golfer and former concert violinist. Growing up in a large family (last of five children) has helped me gain perspective and learn quickly from my mistakes. I enjoy taking road trips with my husband, Dave, but I also relish hanging out in our East Dallas abode with our two dogs, two cats and six chickens.


I'm looking to use my ambition, intellect and creativity to generate new energy and ideas. I work hard to enhance targeted communications strategies using social networking and blogging to reach new audiences.

I am remarkably quick to learn new skills and I am accustomed to a fast-paced environment and daily deadline pressure. I'm interested in branching out in new directions and using my talents to forge new relationships and opportunities.

Work experience

Public Relations Intern/Videography Intern

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
  • Throughout two seasons with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo I attended livestock shows, interviewed winners and wrote press releases as a Public Relations intern.
  • As a Videography intern, I operated professional TV cameras and equipment to display competitors on big screens for crowd viewing during large competitions like barrel racing heats and stock shows.
Nov 2009Present

Associate Editor

People Newspapers

- Writer for Park Cities People, often covering municipal news- Feature and staff writer for Oak Cliff People and Preston Hollow People- Edit submitted content for all three newspapers, and assist on production days, when   newspapers go to press.- Fill in for Managing Editor and Photographers when necessary

Jun 2005Apr 2009

Letters Coordinator

The Dallas Morning News
  • Choose and edit Letters to the Editor for the Editorial Page. Reply and maintain contact with published readers. Proof opinion pages in Section A and Metro section. 
  • Blogger and webmaster of the Editorial Board's blog. Worked in tandem on Web-related initiatives with the Interactive Department.
  • Proof editorial cartoons and archive Editorial Page letters.
  • Project organizer for Community Voices, Teacher Voices, Classroom Voices guest column program and other zoned content programs.
Aug 2004Jun 2005

Publications Intern

The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M
  • Research, write and edit real estate news such as purchases, sales and legislation for the Real Estate Center Online News (RECON), a twice-weekly industry newsletter with a circulation 16,000+ nationwide
  • Produce original educational literature on real estate industry careers


Keven Ann Willey

Recommendation letter available upon request.

Michael Landauer

Michael posted on my LinkedIn profile: "Joanna was hired for one job, outgrew that, and was on the verge of outgrowing her Letters Coordinator role when the economy forced job cuts at The Morning News. She is incredibly bright, hard-working and fun to work with. She lifts the mood of any gathering, and she works well with people on every level. In her position, she was often the one who had to diffuse a tense situation with a reader or deal directly with our harshest critics. With zen-like abilities, she put out fires several times a week. Some lucky company or organization is going to find new ways to harness Jo's creativity, tireless work ethic and charisma. One of the crustiest journalism professors I have ever known recommended Jo to me, and I am so glad he did. He saw something special in her, and I did, too. It was such a pleasure to hire her, work with her and watch her grow. She will be greatly missed by all her co-workers here at The News."

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Aug 2001May 2005

Bachelor of Science

Texas A&M University

Emphasized studies in Renewable Natural Resources. Broadcast and photojournalism experience as well as magazine and newspapers.


Public Relations
Many times was the first point of contact for readers that wished to voice their opinion about content in The Dallas Morning News. Defused many tense situations and has organized guest columnist visits with the Editorial Board. Has done outreach with local community colleges.
Web page editing and minor coding experience. Mostly experienced as a blogger and webmaster for a blog.
Microsoft Office Suite
Adobe Creative Suite
PhotoShop is my forte, but I have experience with InDesign, InCopy, and Illustrator.
CCI NewsDesk
News and Web content production software and publishing platform. Used many times daily while working at The Dallas Morning News.