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Norfolk, Virginia, 23502, United States
March 14, 2011

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Toni Guagenti

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Norfolk, VA 23502 Email:

Summary of Qualifications

A highly motivated, creative and successful communicator with extensive

experience in writing, editing and working with people of all ages. Strong

experience as a self-starter and team-player working with the media,

government officials, Hampton Roads citizens and private industry


Strong Oral and Written Skills Successful Team-Builder

Creative Problem-Solver Detail-Oriented

Conscientious/Reliable Employee Strong Communicator with

all Customers

Professional Achievements

> Successful career-switcher after completing intense 16-week course

through EducateVA, a state-run program taught at Virginia's community

colleges, including Tidewater Community College; Spring 2010

> Five plus years as teen editor for award-winning, weekly "757: Teens

Cover the Code" section for The Virginian-Pilot; June 2003-March 2009

> Helped teens receive more than 20 national and international awards,

including World Association of Newspapers Editorial Award in 2007, and

helped them start a show on Cox Cable, "By & About 757"

> Won more than 20 awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press

Association, Landmark Community Newspaper and the Virginia Press

Association as a reporter/producer

Professional Experience

ICI Services Corporation - Virginia Beach April

2010-February 2011

Proposal, Press Release Writer/Newsletter Editor

> Resurrected company newsletter after a five-year hiatus, ICI Services

News, a quarterly publication that I wrote for, edited and did mock

layouts for

> Frequently communicated with the media to write stories/briefs about

ICI Services, including The Virginian-Pilot and Virginia Business

> Spearheaded proposals and Sources Sought in response to government

call for services for the U.S. Navy, Army, Department of Homeland

Security and the Transportation Safety Administration

> Wrote numerous press releases touting company's contractual successes,

promotions and achievements

> Quickly learned a new business language and computer system

The Virginian-Pilot - Norfolk, VA February 1997-

February 2009


> Prepared, rewrote and edited copy for weekly five-page section in

business, later moved to features, dedicated to technology in the 21st

century (TechTalk)

> Researched Web sites and wires for interesting stories that educated

and entertained readers

> Reinvigorated and produced weekly teen section ("757: Teens Cover the


> Taught and mentored hundreds of teens; assigned and edited all stories

> Worked with graphic designers and copy-desk editors to make sure

content was ready for prime time weekly; reviewed and approved proofs

prior to publication

> Collaborated with online editors to develop and produce Web site,; posted stories

> Recruited students for quarterly news shows, "Plugged In," on Cox

Channel 11, dealing with issues impacting today's youth

> Developed and secured money for, and helped produce, "By & About 757,"

a teen show on Cox

Coordinating Producer

> Collaborated with a team of journalists at the paper and ABC-

affiliate, WVEC-TV, to produce 10 p.m. newscast weeknights on Cox

Channel 5 (Pilot13 News)

> Summarized, at one point, and wrote paper stories for the show, as

well as plugged the newscast at different intervals on TV, including

during the WVEC-TV 6 p.m. newscast

> Monitored newspaper stories throughout the day to share with


> Spearheaded and co-produced a one-hour special, "Iraq and Back," with

TV and newspaper journalists


> Wrote on events/people/places in Virginia Beach, state's most populous

city, including the Green Line, the Planning Commission, the jet-noise

issue and the tourism industry

The Washington Times - Washington, D.C. 1996-


Carroll County Times - Westminster, MD 1992-



> Developed and organized ideas, interviewed people, researched and

analyzed information

> Worked under extreme deadline pressure, sometimes producing up to 10

stories weekly

> Covered the State House in Annapolis, legislative issues and local


> Helped others develop story ideas, pinched hit for county editor in

his absence

The (Salisbury) Daily Times, Salisbury, MD



> Covered several small cities in Sussex County, Del., including

Seaford, Delmar and Georgetown

Computer Experience

InCopy, DTI, Windows XP, Microsoft Office Excel, Word, Publisher and

PowerPoint; myriad Web skills including obtaining information and verifying

that information from relevant sources

Community Involvement

> Board member for Girls Inc. of Southwest Hampton Roads


> Speaker, "Capitalism with a Conscience," through Junior


Achievement at several Virginia Beach high schools

> Founding board member for Danielle Roach 5K; helped raise


nearly $30,000 for LifeNet


Provisional teaching certificate through state of Virginia, Career-Switcher

Program through EducateVA,

concentration in English and Journalism; Spring 2010

Bachelor of Science Journalism

University of Maryland at College Park; cum laude

Junior-Year Abroad

Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg, Germany

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