As managing editor of the Winters Express newspaper in Winters, California, I have a comprehensive background in community journalism, from hard news to feature writing to managing reporting staff to page design and layout. During my 26-year tenure, the Winters Express won First Place in General Excellence in the California News Publishers Associations’ Better Newspapers Contest in 2000, as well as second and third place awards in General Excellence in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.
My specialty is opinion writing. I have five first place awards from the National Newspaper Association for column writing, one second and two thirds. At the state level, I have four first place awards in column writing from the California News Publishers Association, and three second place awards, as well as first place awards in Breaking News (2014) and Coverage of Business News (2018).
I was the winner of the national column writing talent search for the Front Porch Syndicate in 2002 and was nationally syndicated in The Front Porch magazine for several years until the publication closed. I was a judge in the California News Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest for 24 years, and an essay judge for the Yolo County Academic Decathlon competition for 10 years. I additionally serve as a mentor for the Wolfskill High School newspaper, the Wolfkskill News & Review, which I helped found in 2015.
I am the co-founder of iPinion Syndicate, and served as CEO and managing editor from 2010-17. I self-published two anthologies for iPinion using CreateSpace. I continue to serve as a contributor, advisor and desktop publisher for iPinion Syndicate.
I resigned from my position as managing editor of the Winters Express in May 2018 to pursue new interests, including both fiction and non-fiction writing, contract writing and editing, and desktop publishing.
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