Michelle’s Resume

MICHELLE RENNE LEACH

EXPERIENCE

MIDLANDS BUSINESS JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

SHEKNOWS.com

LISTOSAUR.com

VARIOUS BUSINESSES (including a bank, health care consultant, clothing designer), contract writing services for blogs, press releases, Omaha, NE

Previously published in:

USATODAY.com, ECT NEWS NETWORK (CRM BUYER, E-COMMERCE TIMES), TRAILS.COM, LIVESTRONG.com, OMAHA NEWSPAPERS (suburban SARPY SUN, MIDTOWN O, WEST O), DAILY HERALD (suburban Chicago), TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA, PLUCK, eMoney, GolfLink.com, Daily Puppy

Freelance Writer/Reporter/Writing Consultant

07.08 – Present

  • Develop story ideas, write creative content on trending politics, entertainment topics for one of the top three online destinations for women
  • Build, retain a stable of sources in a tri-state region for a family of offline business publications
  • Research, write on average two features or business news stories daily
  • Write blogs, white papers, marketing materials for businesses ranging from a health care consultancy firm to a bank
  • Research, develop stories on a wide range of subjects (crime, politics, finances, entertainment, health/fitness) for high-traffic sites

MIDLANDS BUSINESS JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS, Omaha, NE

Senior Staff Writer/Photographer

11.07 — 07.10

  •  Write at least two stories daily for two well-established magazines (and special publications) serving Nebraska, Iowa
  •  Cover events, industry trends and features about businesses
  •  Edit both stories and pages
  •  Train new staff members
  •  Help to launch video segment of website
  •  Assist in organizing 40 Under 40 events honoring young professionals
  • Generate ideas for new franchises, including “Executive Lifestyles” to highlight C-level exec’s passions outside the office

WOWT-TV, Omaha, NE, WEYI-TV, Flint, MI, KHGI-TV, Grand Island, NE

General Assignment Reporter/Editor

04.o3 – 08.07

  • Cover hard news under extreme deadline pressure for ABC, NBC affiliates
  • Post stories on websites
  • Assign stories to other team members, create weekend schedule
  • Stories picked up by CNN, other affiliates, NBC’s Today show, Dr. Phil

MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, IL

Washington Correspondent/Reporter

09.01 – 03.02, 06.02 – 08.02

  • Interview lawmakers, report on issues of interest to Montanans and Iowans from nation’s capitol
  • Write stories for three Chicago-area newspapers
  • Cover social issues in three Chicago neighborhoods for news service website

REUTERS, London, U.K.

Writer Apprentice

03.02 – 05.02

  • Write scripts for Middle East, Africa & Asia Desk, update them on an hourly basis

MOTOR ACCIDENTS AUTHORITY, PARALYMPIC TEAM, Sydney, Australia

Public Affairs Officer

01.00 — 05.00

  • Represent MAA-sponsored team of Paralympic athletes as Australia geared up for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games
  • Write press releases about athletes’ triumphs, plan MAA exhibits, meet with members of the community, oversee Paralympic torch

EDUCATION

Master of Science in Journalism, 2003

Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Arts, 2001, Journalism & Political Science (double major, honors)

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

Study and Work Abroad, 2000, Mass Media/Australian Cinema

Through Boston University in Sydney, Australia

HONORS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Alzheimer’s Association Alz Stars, Chicago Marathon 2012 Charity Runner, present

Volunteer Writing Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Various, 2007 — 2009

Ag Communicator of the Year, Michigan Farm Bureau, 2007

Nebraska Associated Press Award, Hard News, Series, 2003

 

 

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