7308 25th Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98117 USA
WRITING AND ANALYSIS
Compliance assessor, Amazon.com, June 2017–September 2017.
Ensured Amazon did not deal with proscribed individuals, companies, countries, and regions.
Freelance Writer & Editor (multiple engagements), February 2017 – June 2017
Principal client: Snowflake Computing. Ghost-write marketing materials and blog posts for executives.
Reporter, GeekWire, June 2016-January 2017
Covered cloud computing, DevOps and enterprise software for this dynamic venture capital and tech news startup.
Founder, editor and publisher, DoingBusinessInCuba.news, a website to help businesses enter, and flourish in, the Cuban market. April 2016.
Reporter, Whidbey News-Times, June 2015 - June 2016
Cover Oak Harbor business and Island County government for the Whidbey News-Times, Whidbey Island, Wash. (twice weekly; circulation 5,000) Stories also published in the South Whidbey Record and the Examiner. Learned basic InDesign and Webpapers Admin skills.
Freelance writer and editor, September 2012 - June 2015
• Produced white papers, position papers and case studies for Wave Broadband, Kirkland, Wash. • Edited and helped wrote "Drive or Die," a book-length manuscript in the True Crime genre. • Covered Microsoft Global CIO Conference for Triangle Publishing Inc., Sept. 17-18, contributing to Microsoft's official summary of the annual event. • Ghostwrote a "Big Ideas"-type business book for two Microsoft execs, July - August 31.
• Published in Investor's Business Daily, May 21, 2014. • Fiction Editor, February 2013 -- Edited a first-time novelist's 40,000-word work for style and sense, preparing it for submission to a publishing house or literary agent. • Legal investigator, November 2013, On Point Investigations, Washington, DC -- Conducted detailed interviews with prospective witnesses in securities litigation on behalf of plaintiffs' firms.
• User-interface consultant and blogger, April - October 2013, Indix Inc., Seattle -- Wrote Help screens and helped ensure colloquial, correct English in user interface of pioneering software for product managers, produced by a Seattle start-up. Wrote blog posts describing the company's culture and insights. • Blogger, September 2012 - October 2012, Ion Leap Inc., NJ -- Wrote blog posts for Raritan Americas, a maker of data center power-management equipment.
Senior Reporter, November 2009 - September 2012
Smart Grid Today
US and non-EU reporter for the daily journal of record in the worldwide movement to modernize electricity-delivery systems. Writing: Consistent front-page presence with enterprise stories. Analyzed complex Dept of Energy spreadsheets to write exclusive stories on slow obligation and disbursement of federal funding. Broke and provided unparalleled detail on numerous important stories, including meter-related lawsuits in California, Maine and Texas. Turned out 1,000-1,500 words of cogent copy per day. Editing and production: Edited and produced the newsletter, while also reporting, April-September 2011.
Correspondent, March - November 2009
Front-page placement of more than a dozen stories that help people to use and understand technology. Honed my storytelling abilities, covering topics including cellular technology, broadband pricing and digital photography.
Reporter, February 1999 – March 2009
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Business and tech reporter for the oldest morning newspaper in Washington State. Mastered AP style.
•Sole Microsoft reporter for four years during the antitrust trials, with consistent A1 presence. • Consistently delivered high-quality stories, on deadline, on a wide variety of topics, including technology, retail, the Joint Operating Agreement, the P-I's sale, consumer affairs and general-assignment news and features. • Served as editor of the business section frequently during the actual editor's absence, receiving high praise from managers for my performance.
-First place (with colleagues) for business reporting, 2003 Society of Professional Journalists awards, for "A Clear Victory for Microsoft"
-First place (with colleagues), best breaking-news story, 2001 C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting, “Microsoft Breakup Ordered,” Oct. 2001.
-Second Place, Business/Finance category, Best of Hearst 2004, for "The Fall of AT&T Wireless"
•Using my computer-science grounding, I explored and explained new technology from Microsoft, T-Mobile USA, RealNetworks and many other Seattle-area companies. •Produced several stories explaining how emerging technology -- for example, digital video recorders -- could benefit readers. •In collaborative efforts, helped less technical colleagues understand key terms and concepts.
Freelance analyst, 1996 - 1999
The Patricia Seybold Group
Wrote several white papers.
Senior Editor, computer-industry trade press, 1991 - 1996
Wrote hundreds of detailed stories to help IT managers remain competitive. Covered relational database management tools and SQL development tools over eight years as Senior Editor for three top computer-industry weekly newspapers: Computerworld, Information Week and Open Systems Today/Unix Today! Classwork in Oracle DB creation and management.
Computers and high-tech freelance writer, 1989-91 and 1996-1999
Wrote scores of stories, sometimes highly technical, for Chicago Computer Guide, Computer Buyer's Guide and Handbook, Data Warehousing, Information Week and Technology Access Report.
B.A., English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 1975. Certified to teach English, grades 7-12
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, 1979. Admitted to practice in Illinois, 1979.
M.A., University of Chicago, 1989.
"James E. Carter: 39th President of the United States." Garrett Education Corp., 1989. (biography for students in 6th-10th grades)
"From Aaron to Zoe: 15,000 Great Baby Names." Little Brown, 1993. More than 180,000 copies sold.
"Drive or Die: A story of murder, addiction and hope." Self-published, 2015. Copy-edited and helped write this True Crime story.
TRAINING AND TEST SCORES
Top one percent, GRE English exam
Top one percent, SAT English Composition achievement exam
Top one percent, Miller Analogies exam
Course in C programming, Microcomputer Learning Center, Chicago, Summer 1989.
Master's-level coursework in computer science, DePaul University, Chicago, Spring 1990.