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Director for Editorial Services

Xavier Univesity
  • Lead a four-member team that is responsible for the editorial creativity, content and direction of more than 2,000 print and electronic pieces produced annually by the Office of Marketing and Printing Services. This includes the President’s Report; undergraduate and graduate admission materials;  development materials; print and radio advertising; internal and external e-newsletters; numerous brochures and one-time print and electronic pieces.
  • Responsible for the initial creation and continued fulfillment of:• Today at Xavier, a daily internal e-newsletter for all University employees.• Inside Xavier, a monthly internal e-newsletter sent out to all University employees.• At Xavier, a monthly external e-newsletter sent out to alumni.• Xavier magazine web site.• Xavier Newsline, a collection of daily news items posted on the University web site.• Bi-monthly events calendar.
  • Editor, Xavier magazine. Responsible for the overall creation and content of the University’s quarterly alumni publication, which has won 34 local, regional and national awards under my direction. Responsible for two redesigns of the magazine. Designed and implemented two budget reductions without sacrificing quality.
  • Primary communications person for the University’s Emergency Response Team. Responsible for broadcasting emergency warnings to all University students and staff through recorded voice and text messages, and the posting of updated emergency-related information on the University web site.
Feb 1996Feb 2001

Senior Editor

Cincinnati Magazine
  • One of two staff writers at the award-winning city magazine. Promoted twice in five years.
  • Responsible for writing in-depth, complex articles on a wide range of topics.
  • Responsible for the recruiting, developing and overseeing of new freelance writers.
  • Responsible for the assigning, compiling and editing the “Queen City” section of the magazine.
  • Won 18 local, regional and national writing awards for the magazine.
Jan 1994Feb 1996


Skip Tate Freelance
  • Spent two years as a freelance writer, writing and editing a wide range of materials from magazine articles to newsletters. Responsible for all aspects of the business, from financial to legal.
  • Co-wrote “The Insiders’ Guide to Greater Cincinnati.”
Jan 1993Jan 1994

Staff Reporter

Greater Cincinnati Business Record
  • Staff reporter responsible for writing news about the automotive, real estate, sports business and media industries, as well as other stories as assigned.
Feb 1989Aug 1992

Senior Reporter

Cincinnati Business Courier
  • Staff reporter responsible for writing news about the real estate, sports business, Northern Kentucky and media industries, as well as other stories as assigned.
Aug 1987Feb 1989

Sports Reporter

The Cincinnati/Kentucky Post
  • Sports reporter responsible for covering Northern Kentucky University and prep sports events, as well as other stories as assigned.
May 1986Aug 1987

Sports Reporter

The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram
  • Sports reporter responsible for covering prep sports events, as well as other stories as assigned.
Jan 1985May 1986

Sports Reporter

The Lorain Journal
  • Sports reporter responsible for covering prep sports events, as well as other stories as assigned.
Dec 1982Dec 1984

Sports Reporter

The Athens News
  • Reporter responsible for covering Ohio University and local prep sports, as well as other stories as assigned.


Master of Arts

Currently working on completing my degree.


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Editing Awards

More than 30 stories I've edited have won awards. The complete list is available at

Personal and Professional Affiliations

Editorial Advisory Board,

    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

    (2004 to 2006)Stephen Minister,

    Highland United Methodist Church

    (2000 to 2004)Board of Directors,

    Society of Professional Journalists, Cincinnati

    Chapter (January 1994 to January 2001)Finance Committee,

    Highland United Methodist Church

    (1998 to 2000)Commission on Education; Worship Committee; 

    Evangelism/Membership Committee,

    Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

    (1994 to 1998)Board of Directors,

    New Perceptions Inc. (1992 to 1994),

    A nonprofit business that serves       

    individuals who are mentally or

    developmentally disabled.


Through the span of my 25 years in the communications industry, I have I've been blessed. I've had the opportunity to make a living at jobs that have allowed me meet some very interesting people and participate in some very memorable experiences that I probably wouldn't have had otherwise. That's the great part of the business. This resume lists some of those places and some of the opportunities, but only scratches the surface. For writing samples, a list of awards and even more about me personally, check out my web site,, as well as Facebook or LinkedIn.


References are available upon request.

Writing Awards

Won 28 awards for articles I've written. The complete list is available at

Writing samples