My writing, editing and leadership abilities encompass traditional and new media, journalism and public relations. In retirement, I am focusing on environmental news, creative writing and photography.
From 2014 through 2018, I was marketing and web services manager for an exceptional library district. During the previous decade, I used my skills in support of education and peace studies as director of communications at a leading land grant university and a major private university. I have special interest and experience in sustainability and international issues. Thanks to my non-fiction book, I'm keenly aware of veterans' needs.
I honed my communication skills as a young editor at the Idaho Statesman (Boise) and Spokesman-Review (Spokane). At both regional newspapers, I led creative teams in competitive environments with daily deadlines. I had six different newsroom management titles by my mid-30s.
Then I returned to reporting so I could satisfy the urge to write. It became my job to understand enough about human nature that people would share their thoughts and expertise with me. I needed them to help me unravel complex social, economic and environmental issues. (Or simply reveal some nuggets of humanity.) The downsizing of the news business led me to nonprofit communications.
I hold bachelor's and master's degrees in communications from Southern Illinois University and Ohio State University, respectively. My goal is to keep learning. That's the first task of anyone with a story to tell.
I’m new wave but I’m old school, and my inner child is outward bound. I’m a hot wired heat seeking warm hearted cool customer. -- George Carlin