Freelance journalist--editor--content writer for hire
I am a freelance writer and communication professional in Raleigh, N.C. with more than 25 years of experience in journalism, public affairs, trade associations, and nonprofits management.
From media relations to writing, editing and photography, to providing SEO-optimized web content, along with strategic planning and communication expertise, I can help you develop your content strategy, create editorial calendars, do the writing and take care of the art.
Born and raised in North Carolina, I started my career as a reporter and photographer at a small weekly newspaper in the eastern part of the state, and from there I began a career as executive director of the North Carolina Press Association, advancing the organization’s mission to protect First Amendment freedoms, promoting North Carolina’s newspapers, and advocating for the newspaper industry. For the past 15 years, I have operated Open Water Communications, a small firm devoted to helping organizations connect with and engage their audiences through storytelling and photography.
My work appears in print and online. I also work as a communication specialist for clients of FirstPoint Management Resources, a full service association management company.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from North Carolina State University and I have studied documentary arts at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham.
Last year, I collaborated on a new children's book series with a friend who is an artist, and we published The Adventures of Puddin and the Fruit Bat: The Perils of Puddin. Thanks to support from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the North Carolina Arts Council, more adventures of Puddin and the Fruit Bat are coming your way in Summer 2021.
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