Saturday, February 16, 2013


From a business perspective, there is no substitute for good writing.

A correspondence or publication of any variety can be presented in such a way as to capture attention. But in the end, the strength of the writing decides if the overall message is successful. In more than a dozen years of professional writing, I've proven I am an effective communicator.

I have a diverse writing background. As a reporter, I successfully covered politics, crime and courts, business and a multitude of other topics for metropolitan Detroit newspapers such as the Observer & Eccentric and the Ann Arbor News. While that coverage was generally presented in a hard news style, I’m also adept at writing features, editorials and opinion pieces. Over the years, my work was recognized as superior by the Michigan Press Association in feature and column writing.

Beyond journalism, I gained several years of public relations experience working for Canton Township’s Public Safety Department as a Communications Specialist. A sizable portion of the job was doing media relations with print and electronic journalists. I wrote press releases on a daily basis to keep media members updated on crime and fires within the community. I also promoted the department’s image by highlighting the use of new crime-fighting technology, staff achievements as well as community outreach efforts.

During my time in the field of procurement, I've had a chance to sharpen my business writing skills. I've written numerous reports designed to educate decision makers on the merit of major purchases. I routinely correspond with suppliers via solicitations that are written to get my organization what it needs at the right time and at the best possible pricing.