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Communications Specialist

Minneapolis, MN, 55404
September 18, 2008

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Mary Costello


January ’** – present Outsell, LLC and Metropolitan Media Group

Freelance Writer

- Write articles for web newsletter; customers of car dealerships around the U.S.

- Articles are either technical writing about a particular make and model or a car or truck, or they are persuasive “lifestyle” and “service” articles encouraging people to use their cars and use their service department.

- Write articles focusing on specific people or events for local glossy magazines.

June 2006 – Jan. 2008 WKEF-TV, Dayton, OH

General Assignment Reporter, Web Producer

- Conducted interviews, wrote a story and presented the edited version live for the 10 p.m. newscast.

- Reviewed all stories broadcast on air, corrected all grammar and spelling mistakes, posted the edited version on the station’s website.

- Researched information and images for national stories with local interest; wrote stories and posted them on the station’s website.

Sept. ’05 - Apr. ‘06 Profit Fuel/Performance Advertising, Austin, TX

Sales Representative- Yahoo! Yellow Pages

- Worked among 30 sales agents calling businesses around the country selling ad space for the Yahoo! Yellow Pages.

- Made more than 100 cold calls every day and pursued leads generated from prior days.

- Talked with small business owners in every size market in most states in the U.S.

Sept.’03 - June ‘05 Clean Water Action (nonprofit), Austin, TX,

Field Manager, Canvasser

- Canvassed neighborhoods door-to-door informing people about water pollution problems within miles of their neighborhood.

- Managed a nightly crew of five to eight field canvassers.

July ‘02- June ‘03 WBAY-TV, Green Bay, WI

General Assignment Reporter, Fill-In Anchor

Apr. ’00 – June ’02 WSBT-TV, South Bend, IN

Field Anchor, Weather Anchor

June 1999 – Apr. ‘00 WBOY-TV, Clarksburg, WV

Morgantown Backpack Reporter, Fill-in Anchor/Producer

Education Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

1995-1999 Medill School of Journalism

-Bachelor of Science in Journalism.

-Concentrations in Geography and Japanese.

Awards Emmy Nomination

June 2008 - Nominated for local Emmy award from the Academy of Radio, Television and Film for outstanding breaking news coverage

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