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  • Santa Monica, CA
  • 603-965-8419

Karen Sampson

Work History


Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, and Writing/Editing Consultant

Independent consultant offering services such as public relations, communications, and marketing planning and execution; multichannel content strategy and production; and writing and editing. Clients include Skye Wentworth Public Relations, The Colonial Theatre, Lexington Symphony, Furman University, Mind & Life Institute, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group, Opal Ensemble, EulipiaJazz, Measured SEM, and Callisto Media.


Communications Manager/Associate

The MacDowell Colony

Managed comprehensive communications and public relations efforts for this internationally recognized nonprofit artist residency program. Promoted MacDowell's mission and enhanced its profile by conceptualizing creative media pitches and story angles, and securing earned media coverage in such outlets as NPR, The New York Times, BBC Radio, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Fast Company, Wallpaper, and Town & Country. Wrote, edited, and produced biannual newsletter, annual report, eNews, Web site and social media content, press releases, and other promotional materials. 

July 2005November 2005

Associate Producer

Either/Or Films

In concert with executive producer and producers, managed logistics involved during pre-production and production of The Sensation of Sight, a $1 million independent feature film. Fielded media inquiries, arranged interviews with cast and crew, and supervised press while on set.


Freelance Copy Editor/Writer

Self Employed

Wrote and edited content for various print and digital publications and publishers, including HarperCollins, Random House, William Morrow, Henry Holt, Taste for Life, Simply Wine Today,, CIO DigestBoston Herald's "New England Film Junkie" blog, and


Associate Editor/Copy Editor

Yankee Publishing, Inc.

Wrote and edited content for Yankee Magazine, Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide to New England, and Yankee Magazine's Bed and Breakfast and Inn Directory. Reviewed copy in all stages of production, ensuring accuracy of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style. Enforced production deadlines, and maintained and updated in-house style guide.


Production Editor


Oversaw typesetting, copyediting, proofreading, and production of textbooks.


Editorial Assistant/Associate

Petersen Publishing, 'TEEN Magazine



Bachelor of Arts, Communications

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Summary of Skills

  • Accomplished professional with 24 years of diverse communications, public relations, writing, editing, and content production experience
  • Skilled at managing complex projects, defining priorities, streamlining processes, and coordinating resources
  • Demonstrated record of high performance standards, including quality control, attention to schedules and deadlines, and allocation of resources


Awarded writing residency at Hedgebrook, 2013 and 2009

Selected for second round of Sundance Screenwriting Lab, 2009 and 2010

Participant, Women in Film Mentorship Program, 2007

Participant, The Sundance Institute Independent Producer's Conference, 2006

Volunteer Work

New Hampshire Film Festival (NHFF)

  • Screenplay competition panel member, 2012-2015
  • Artist-in-Residence Manager, 2008
  • Special Events Manager, 2007