I am a dedicated, creative media professional with 22 years of experience in newspaper publishing, more than three years of experience as a writer/editor for a federal contractor, and two years of experience as a proposal writer for an education company. My work background includes writing, editing, generating and organizing content for publication, developing content for online media, solving and reconciling issues, and working in a team environment.
Word Processing Programs: Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and InCopy
Page Design Programs: InDesign, QuarkXPress, and Harris
Programming: HTML classes
Proposal Writer July 2014 to CurrentIowa City, Iowa
Write, edit, organize, and format proposal content for online and blended learning contracts for school districts and schools across the United States; also have written, edited, organized, and formatted multi-million dollar assessment contracts with various state departments of education Verify proposals meet company's corporate branding and high standards in presentation, style, and comprehension; verify proposals have a unified voice Collaborate with sales leads, subject matter experts, proposal managers, and other proposal writers to create winning proposals Contribute skills to other departments when needed, including assisting sales personnel with request for information solicitations and working with writers on other internal proposal teams Serve on Team Cohesion, a team of proposal writers that organizes outings, events, etc., for the Proposal Services department; led successful several successful drives to collect food and other daily necessities for three local food banks.
Writer Editor May 2012 to June 2014StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC － Omaha
Wrote and edited bids for government contracts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Strategic's main customer; verified all proposals met CMS branding and style guidelines and had a unified voice in their presentation Consulted with proposal managers and subject matter experts about the accuracy of a bid's content to ensure it met Statement of Work requirements Collaborated and consulted with program managers and key personnel to gather information to write Past Performances and Résumés for bids Served as the company's newsletter editor Generated and organized newsletter content as well as wrote, edited, and formatted stories for the company's intranet site Worked closely with internal writers to produce accurate, engaging news articles about the company and its employees Posted articles on the intranet when they are ready for publication Wrote and edited press releases for the company, which were published on the company's website, http://www.strategichs.com, and in other print publications; also wrote content for the company's website Edited the company's yearly Marketing Plan as well as wrote various sections for it Served as an implementation team member for the company's learning management system; duties included organizing and establishing an internal continuing education site for employees and writing a communication plan for the team.
Editor II October 2010 to May 2012
Edited fact sheets, booklets, web-based trainings, and brochures for the Medicare Learning Network, an online education resource for Medicare Fee-For-Service Providers Assisted in the development, writing, and editing of a fact sheet and a web-based training, both titled "Medicare Fraud & Abuse: Prevention, Detection, and Reporting," for the Medicare Learning Network Became familiar with the Division of Provider Information Planning & Development Product Development Standards for Medicare Learning Network products, 508 compliance guidelines, and plain-writing guidelines Edited dental monitor reports submitted to the Office of Inspector General; reports consisted of audits of pediatric dental clinics that serve Medicaid patients Assignment Editor, Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Neb.
January 2007 to October 2010
Coordinated and edited content for various special sections, such as HealthWise, a monthly magazine about current health issues and trends; generated story ideas, assigned stories to freelance writers, gathered visual elements to illustrate stories, and coordinated photo assignments with photography staff Developed visual ideas for covers, gathered art for covers, and designed covers Designed and edited various sections, including HealthWise, Metro Guide, CollegeBound, Auto Show supplement, Worship in the Midlands, and Celebrating the Season, an annual publication for the holidays Reported and wrote stories ranging from health to automotive to bridal topics Health feature stories focused on diet and nutrition, exercise, cancer, organ transplantation, heart disease, and cosmetics Automotive stories focused mainly on car restorations Bridal feature stories focused on trends in flowers, dresses, food, and etiquette Maintained Automotive and HealthWise web pages for Omaha.com, the newspaper's website; duties included posting stories online and keeping web pages up to date.
Copy Editor/Page Designer August 1999 to December 2006The Gazette － Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Edited news stories, wrote headlines, and designed news pages for community and weekend entertainment sections as well as Sunday feature pages.
Designed and edited cover for newspaper's front page, feature photo page, celebrity/entertainment column, and covers for the Metro News, Community, and Sunday Money sections.
Served as copy chief and wire page editor.
Copy Editor/Page Designer September 1998 to April 1999
Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald, Loveland, Colo.
Selected columns for editorial page, edited Letters to the Editor, and created layout for page.
Designed and edited layouts for front page, feature pages, and wire pages.
Selected stories for wire pages.
Wrote headlines for news stories.
Copy Editor/Page Designer September 1995 to September 1998Mason City, Iowa
Designed and edited the front page Produced numerous special sections, including home improvement and bridal sections Delegated assignments to reporters Organized and designed weekly religion page Served as a team member in redeveloping and editing weekly religion section.
Regional Reporter September 1990 to September 1996Mason City, Iowa
Covered news within a two-county area.
Generated 90 percent of own ideas for news stories.
Cultivated news sources.
Took photographs for stories.
Staff Writer November 1989 to June 1990Austin Daily Herald － Austin
Reported and wrote stories for education, law enforcement, and courthouse beats.
Staff Writer May 1988 to November 1989Charles City Press － Charles City, Iowa
Developed and wrote feature stories, along with some hard news reporting.
Wrote headlines and obituaries.
Took photographs for stories.
Bachelor of Arts : EnglishUniversity of Northern Iowa － Cedar Falls, IowaEnglish
Associate of Arts : General EducationNorth Iowa Area Community College － Mason City, IowaGeneral Education
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Companies Worked For:
Austin Daily Herald
Charles City Press
University of Northern Iowa
North Iowa Area Community College
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Copy Editor/Page Designer
Bachelor of Arts : English Associate of Arts : General Education
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