Eric is a communicator. Through his voice and the written word, he’s led award-winning news teams in radio and print, created content for media campaigns large and small, and lent his creative voice to countless projects. He holds degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and creative writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and participated in several skill-sharpening training sessions on the subjects of data journalism, narrative journalism and more.
A born storyteller, at three years old, he conned his parents into bringing home two cats after he told them all about the secret life of his new pet boxelder bug. Spot lived in a salt shaker, and for two hours, he was the best friend a kid could have.
Established boutique PR and content marketing firm servicing clients in the tech startup and B2B space. Expanded to six active clients over the first quarter of business. Garnered exposure for clients in Investor’s Business Daily, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes Huffington Post and more.
Defined tone and scope of weekly publication by producing content and assigning projects of varying scale on rapid deadlines and with little advance notice. Aggregated and compiled submitted content for community, school, sports, and business features. Edited and proofread copy for 15 contributors. Posted content to online content management system for publishing on multiple websites. Used social media platforms to promote content. Developed sources in community, government, schools to gain access to news quickly and reliably.
Grew very small newsroom to two full-time, one part-time, and six freelancers, expanding reach and audience of our content. Increased community impact of our news content, winning several awards. Transitioned our newsroom's reputation from light, local news into a well-respected source for in-depth news and creative storytelling. Acted as primary reporter filing daily, two-day and feature stories. Developed bi-weekly narrative journalism news series. Host of daily All Things Considered local news broadcasts. Primary reporting focus included environmental issues, police and crime, government, energy use and extraction, and more.
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Experienced copyeditor and proofreader of books and magazines in all genres and age categories, but my speciality is in teen books.