1/00 to Present Chief Staff Writer and Reporter for Our Town Media Group/Ramsey, NJ
9/99 to 1/00 Stringer for Our Town Media Group/Ramsey, NJ
Responsibilities: Cover news and generate stories for a suburban area just 20 miles from New York City. Report on local and political events, localizing national stories and investigative reporting. Take photographs to accompany news stories.
Achievements: Certificate of Appreciation from Palisades Civic Association for bringing to light urgent issues of concern about toxic waste dumped into the local drinking water.
Discovered the perpetrator of the largest underground toxic waste dump in the country.
President of neighboring Chamber of Commerce requested publisher to extend my beat to cover his area and guaranteed advertising to finance increased circulation.
Publisher said he nominated my work for a Pulitzer Prize.
Have improved the reception this paper received from the community. Interviewed by both 60 Minutes and Time Magazine concerning stories Ive written.
1/1999- 1/2000 Stringer for The Journal News/ West Nyack/NY
Responsibilities: Assigned local events and stories, localizing national stories and investigative reporting of political issues in New York.
Achievements: Consistently wrote front page headline stories and uncovered stories which were later followed up by full time reporters.
5/1998-1/2000 Freelance editor and technical writer at CC Motorcycle Magazine, Sys-Com Publications (magazines for computer language developers.)
1993 - 1998 Consulting Editor on contract with Toad Hall, Inc./Laceyville, PA (publishing company)
Responsibilities: Acquiring new authors, contract negotiations, editing books, desktop layout, arranging printing, marketing and distribution.
Achievements: Five books on the best sellers list and the launching of several authors careers.
1985 1993: Technical Writing and Video Production on a freelance basis for health related and pharmaceutical companies including:
New York State departments of Recreation and Mental Health, National Kidney Foundation, House of Seagram, Equitable Life Assurance Company, Schering-Plough International, American Cyanamid, Documentary Arts and Sciences, Pershing, Merck, Sandoz, New York Inner-City Scholarship Fund, National Association of the Hearing Impaired, Help for People in Time of Loss, Minolta
Responsibilities: Research topics, interview experts and representatives for the purpose of writing pamphlets, writing and production of instructional and inter-company videos and some advertisements.
1985 Semester Internship at Fox Television (Midday Live With Bill Boggs)
Responsibilities: (Because of my previous experience I was given greater responsibilities and autonomy than is usual for an intern) Hosting Green Room, screening calls, pre-interviews, logging, scouting locations, arranging for talent appearances and accommodations, waivers and security notification, writing dialog and questions for host, arranging all but technical production for ideas generated by myself.
Achievements: Produced all but technical aspects of segment on "Dungeons and Dragons" game controversy which received highest rating of show that season.
1983 1985 Copy editor and Staff Writer Gannet Newspapers
1981 1983 Editorial Assistant
1979 1981 Editorial Clerk
Major projects: Development, research and writing of the award winning weekly column HELPLINE, profiling local volunteer organisations and efforts, (many times dealing with social and health oriented issues); Development, research and writing of the series THE NEW IMMIGRANTS, interviews with new citizens, discussing the problems in their old countries, why they left, why they came here, the differences in what they expected and what they found, what contributions they are making to the American melting pot.
Responsibilities: Copy editing of national daily columns, entertainment section and local organisation information columns. Liaison with local volunteer and social organisations and reporter on their activities. Contributing editor to feature columns. Reporter and photographer on special projects.
Civic Association Certificate for Investigative Reporting
Media Award of New York State Cancer Society for Excellence in Communication; Documentary on facial disfigurement shown at the National Conference of the Facially Disfigured in Washington, DC Esotericon: development, management and administration of international seminar on religious traditions.
Broke story on largest underground toxic dump in the country.
Publisher has said he is nominating my work for a Pulitzer Prize.
Lions' Club International, secy of local chapter (only woman to be inducted into the Pearl River, NY chapter), New York Chapter National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, International Television and Video Association, National Association of Female Executives, Who's Who in Entertainment, Who's Who of Women, Self Employed Writers and Artists of New Jersey, MENSA, American Cancer Society.
1995 - Nuts and Bolts II Seminar in production cost reduction.
1993 - Nuts and Bolts Seminar in High Budget production.
1986 - Master of Arts in Media Studies
1974 - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
1972 - 45 Credits in Physical Therapy
1970 - New York, NY Associate in Science Degree
1968 High School and Regents Diploma
(Special endorsement in scientific subjects)
Nanuet High School, Nanuet, NY
"Haunted Homeowners Guide" Editor
"Something in the Air" Author
"The Wages of Winning" Author
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