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 Experience

Freelance Writer 
2010 to present
· In-print and online clips include features, service pieces, and FOB articles, often of general or health focus that emphasize reporting-based, narrative, informative, and promotional writing skills

University of Pittsburgh — Academic Affairs, Health Sciences —  Writer and Proofreader
August 2014 – present

· Writing biomedical research-related content for a variety of University health sciences websites, flyers, posters, annual reports, and promotional emails                                                 
· Written projects include spoken remarks for the School of Medicine dean, doctor bios for the University’s annual scientific symposium, and online profiles of top University officers
· Proofreading printed and online material for University “house” style

Dorm Company Corporation —  Content Writer and Editor
January 2013 – August 2014

· Wrote and edited online and marketing content for an Internet dormitory-supplies company, including product write-ups, blog posts, promotional flyers and ads, press releases, and more
· Managed and oversaw customer care and service

Classifieds Plus, Inc. — Vital Notice Representative
October 2011 to January 2013

· Copyedited and proofread death notices for The Oregonian and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspapers in center that handles outsourced duties for newspapers
· Assisted families in submitting death notices in a customer-service role

Pitt Magazine — Editorial Intern
May 2011 to August 2011

· Wrote narrative- and character-driven stories for the 250,000-circulation alumni magazine of the University of Pittsburgh; generated story ideas on a Pitt researcher who influenced CPR as well as a story on fundraising for Japanese earthquake relief
· Researched alumni happenings to update alumni class notes section; proofread final story drafts for syntax, grammar, and adherence to style rules

Pitt Med magazine —  Editorial Intern
May 2010 to August 2010

· Reported and wrote on various functions and doctors related to Pitt’s School of Medicine to craft stories for the flagship publication of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine
· Proofread articles and generated article ideas that appeared in later issues

The Pitt NewsOpinions Editor
April 2009 to August 2010

 · Wrote and planned staff editorial and directed opinions section’s content for the daily student newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh
 · Edited columnists’ work; led staff meetings with focus on workshopping and improving columnists’ technique
 · Created new, extensive editing system with columnists that maximized editor/writer interaction

News Staff Writer
November 2007 to January 2009, January 2011 to April 2011

· Coverage included a bomb threat at the University’s Cathedral of Learning building, a series of articles on a county-wide controversial drink tax, and other hard news, deadline, feature, and multimedia pieces
· Generated and pursued story ideas on the University’s plagiarism policies, local establishments’ Super Bowl preparations and the University’s multiple-submissions policy

Student Health 101 — Contributing Writer
July 2009 to January 2011

· Interviewed medical professionals and wrote on health issues and health services pertinent to college students for a monthly, online publication
· Wrote on carpal tunnel syndrome, high-temperature exercise safety, and more

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer
Spring Break 2009, 2010, 2011

· Worked in lower-income communities constructing and renovating homes and restoring forest trails while learning about conditions affecting those communities

Young Writers Institute — Teacher Aide
July 2009

· Worked with two other teachers as a creative writing instructor for a class of 20 8th grade students from Pittsburgh-area schools
· Planned and taught lessons on profile writing, opinion writing, and personal-experience writing

Education

University of Pittsburgh, B.A. — Graduated 2011 – Magna Cum Laude

Major: Creative Nonfiction Writing
Minors: Sociology and Legal Studies

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