Independent contractor since 2002.
Since 2003, a major client is Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit that saves and shares Southern California's Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts.
I'm helping this small nonprofit define itself as a leader in preserving and documenting cultures.
I serve as Editor of the publishing arm, Ushkana Press, writing, editing, designing and producing publications. I develop and provide outreach and public information; and coordinate programming, including lectures, exhibits, and classes. I also develop logos and other graphics and designs.
Example of Center Event:
Founded and co-chaired the 2015 and 2016 Native Voices Poetry Festival. Sponsors and grant donors in 2016 included California State University, San Bernardino, and CSUSB Palm Desert; Banning Community Fund; Mt. San Jacinto Community College; College of the Desert; Inlandia Institute; Banning Schools Indian Education Program; Poets & Writers; PoetrIE; Morongo Cultural Resources; and Banning Library District celebrating its 100th Birthday.
2013-2015 Copywriter for Geographics of Riverside, CA, a marketing and communications firm providing services for public agencies and utilities. Wrote municipal newsletters, economic development marketing, and public information and service outreach. Often rendered complex "stuff" into accessible information.
2010-2012 Writer, substitute Editor, and Calendar Editor for online patch.com news service. Breaking news, features, and entertainment for patch sites throughout Southern California.
1984-2002 Reporter for The Press-Enterprise newspaper (then 173,000 circulation in Inland Southern California). Varied beats, the longest as a general assignment reporter, reporting and photographing all from spot news and features to in-depth investigations. Also served as substitute desk editor and columnist. In-house honors included a one-year special stipend as a "senior writer" to develop and teach good writing at the newspaper.
1980-84 Correspondent for the Sacramento Bee and for McClatchy News Service, including two years as reporter-contractor providing full-time, competitive daily news and photo coverage of Placer County, then the newspaper's highest circulation area outside Sacramento.
1980-81 Acting news director for KIEM-TV (then a CBS affiliate), Eureka, CA, overseeing news and camera crews, also writing news and coordinating coverage of weekday half-hour news broadcasts at 6 and 11 p.m. We led the market of three competing stations.
1979-80 Reporter and weekend editor of the Eureka, CA, Times-Standard newspaper, 24,000 circulation. As editor, responsible for news and photo assignments, editing, and supervising layout, paste-up, and all production of weekend papers.
1978-79 Reporter, editor, copy desk chief, Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, NH, 20,000 daily circulation. As reporter covered city beats; as editor, edited all daily copy, wrote headlines, laid out pages, and helped design special sections.
Classes I've taught
Oral history; interviewing; collage and alternative arts; writing; history; Internet use (through UC Extension and varied conferences and conventions). Notable seminars given: "Storytelling on Deadline," a National Writers Workshop (Poynter); also workshops given at national Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and Society of Environmental Reporters (SEJ) conferences.
• Lifelong scholar.
• Bachelor's degree in journalism (University of Maine).
• Continuing education includes a graphic-design program certificate (UC Riverside Extension).
• Extensive training in oral history, a keystone of my interviewing and storytelling.