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Journalist, Technical Writer, Public Relations, Art Writer / Reviewer

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
March 20, 2019

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I've done news reporting, arts reviewing, business writing, feature writing (numerous profiles), columns, technical writing, newsletters, podcasts, web writing, journal articles, technical and manuscript editing, two self-published books, and seven books for academic publishers.

Technical Writing / Editing

While I was writing my books, the Internet exploded and changed the playing field for writers. Though I’m not up to speed on the latest software, especially B2B applications which have become increasingly sophisticated in part due to Facebook and Google, my skills and experience as a writer and communicator can be readily applied to it.

Software Skills: MS Office, MS Publisher, Movie Maker, Adobe Suite, Graphics skills, Audio Software, Word Press

Diversity & the Bar, Washington, D.C., Covers news about minority attorneys 2002-2005; 2009-2017

Writer for “Profiles in Perseverance” column about “disabled” attorneys

Places of the Underground Railroad — Greenwood Press / ABC-CLIO 2011

For this book, I served both as the main writer and also editor of the entries written by a team of writers, whom I supplied with resource materials. It’s a good example of my project management ability

Producer / Writer, ADVANTAGE Program Newsletter, Cape Cod Community College 2005-2007

Using Microsoft Publisher, produced an eight-page quarterly newsletter for the school’s federally-funded TRIO program that assists minority students

Technical Writer, Empire HealthChoice, Albany, NY December 2000-June 2001

Worked with subject matters experts (SMEs) to rewrite documents for the online customer service manual

Technical Editor, GE Power Systems, Schenectady, NY 1997, 2000

Collaborated with GE engineers, who were recognized experts on various GE turbines

Technical Editor of journal papers, making technical verbiage more readable and grammatically correct

Worked with PowerPoint, to develop Product Information Packages (PIPs) for Turbine Division, identifying turbine parts and their role in turbine operation; also described their merits and capabilities


I have successfully written the following grants and also have assisted others in the writing of non-profit grants.

Furthermore, the J.M. Kaplan Publication Program publication and research grants 2011

NY Council on the Humanities & National Endowment for the Arts for UGRR CD-ROM 1999

NYSCA grant for study of the UGRR in Warren County, NY 1999

Furthermore, the J.M. Kaplan Publication Program publication / research grant 1997 & 1998

NYSCA grant through the auspices of Hubbard Hall Projects, Inc., Cambridge, NY 1996

Marketing and Public Relations

Public Relations Director, Luzerne Music Center, Lake Luzerne, NY 1992 / 1996-2000

This music education camp and chamber music series is affiliated with the Philadelphia Orchestra; highlights included promotion of visit by renowned film composer, Michael Kamen, and performances by the Ahn Trio

Coordinated Media Relations, cultivating writers / reviewers, supplying them press kits; did live interviews on WAMC, Albany NPR affiliate; WMHT, local classical station; and local cable TV and AM-radio.

Created and produced weekly broadcast of our chamber music concerts in association with WBKK-FM, a classical music station in Schenectady, that ran for two years

Wrote weekly release and others as needed, supplying to all electronic and print media in Capital Region; took photos for distribution to press; created press kits for media

Made decisions on print & electronic advertising, organizing the budget, and creating the ads and copy

Planned and originated events like the annual Senior Citizen bus trip for dinner and a concert at the LMC

Wrote and created music programs for Chamber Music Series; created banners, flyers, brochures

Prepared program, sold ads, assisted master of ceremonies (local TV personality Liz Bishop), worked with volunteers in putting together the annual gala fundraisers


Underground Railroad Free Press Award, advancement of knowledge of the Underground Railroad 2008

McMasters Prize for History Writing — Clinton County Historical Association 2000

“ ‘A Man’s a Man for ‘A That’: The Underground Railroad in Clinton County” The Antiquarian 2000


M.A. English / Creative Writing, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

B. A. History, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY

Some links for writing samples:

Story of historic preservation artist who rebuild 18th century Dutch homes

Story of my research of the UGRR and how it began

Story of antiques dealer, Wes Cowan

Story of my trip to Philadelphia during the Democratic convention in 2016 to support Bernie Sanders

Summaries of all my books and my blog which tells mainly about my fantasy novel, Hi-doh Hi-dee Ha-Ha

July-August 1994 issue that discusses the medical evidence in the assassination of JFK

Current Part-time positions:

Adjunct English Instructor, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City spring term 2019

Teaching Basic Writing. I have taught writing courses full-time and part-time, as well as online for a number of colleges since 1986.

Online essay rater, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ February 2006-to-present

TOEFL iBT (non-native speaker) writing exam

Evaluate essays for the TOEFL program, which is a test for English proficiency taken by non-native speakers for entrance into English-speaking colleges and universities, or employment with English-speaking corporations.

Raters use a sophisticated and standardized scoring guide, which they must closely adhere to, in making their assessments.

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