Resume

Kathleen Nelson

(314) 962-0593 | 440 Forest Green Dr., St. Louis, MO 63119
knelsonmedia@gmail.com  | knelsonmedia.com | twitter: @knelsonmedia
Profile available on linkedin
CAREER SUMMARY

Writer, editor, photographer, blogger, social media purist and instructor, always in search of novel ways to challenge myself and inspire others.

SKILLS
  •  Content creation for print and digital platforms
•  AP Style
•  Editing for print and digital platforms
•  Blackboard, Canvas
•  Photography
•  Photoshop
•  InDesign
  •  Creation and editing of print and digital products on tight deadline •  Course design and instruction at the junior high, high school and college levels •  Twitter, Facebook, flickr
•  Blogger, WordPress
•  InCopy, TownNews TCMS
RECENT PROJECTS
A Century of Sportsmanship                                            To be published November 2020
  • Researched and authored a book that looks back at the legacy of Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial through the national sportsmanship awards presented in his honor annually. The book was scheduled to be published on the centennial of Musial’s birth.
Generation to Generation                                                  Self-published February 2020
  • Authored, curated, photographed, edited and designed a family cookbook.
TEACHING
Washington University in St. Louis                               June 1991-

Adjunct instructor    

•  Designed and implemented a course in sports writing that I taught from 1991-1993.
•  Returned to retool the sports writing course to include digital and social media, beginning in Fall 2011. Earned kudos from students for novel approach to content and mastery of Blackboard, Canvas, Zoom and Kaldera.
•  Designed and implement a travel writing course in 1994.

FREELANCE CLIENTS
•  USA Today
•  Terrain Magazine
•  Mercy Health
•  Husch Blackwell, LLP
• Catholic Health Association
•  St. Louis Public Radio
•  Catholic Health Initiatives
•  St. Louis Sports Commission
•  Washington University
•  St. Louis Review
WORK HISTORY
Washington University Law School                                         Jan. 2016-May 2018

Media specialist
•  Report, write, edit and photograph news and feature stories about faculty, staff and news events for the print and digital publications of at Washington University Law School, ranked in the top 20 in U.S. News and World Report annual rankings.

•  Create programs, brochures, postcards, e-newsletters and reports using InDesign.

Catholic Health Association                                            Sept. 2015-Present

Reporter, Associate Editor, Project Editor
•  Report, write, edit and photograph news and feature stories about members of the Catholic Health Association,  comprised of more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states. My work is predominantly for Catholic Health World, though I have also edited articles in Health Progress as well as marketing materials.

St. Patrick Center                                      July 2013 – June 2015

Communications Specialist
•  Upgraded web site using WordPress platform.
•  Provided on-camera and live interviews to radio and TV outlets.
•  Wrote, photographed and promoted agency success stories of clients who have overcome homelessness to lead productive lives.
•  Provided updates of social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch                           Sept. 1981 – Feb. 2013

Columnist, Reporter, Copy Editor, Section Editor
•  Supervised, edited and designed sections as various as travel, health and fitness, fashion, food and sports.
•  Photographed vacation destinations as travel editor and writer, later adding a few sports assignments.
•  Composed headlines and edited stories for clarity and accuracy as a copy editor in news (1981-83), features (1989-1996) and sports (1983-89 and 1996-2013).
•  Column topics veered off the traditional path to cover such sports as cycling, running, swimming, gymnastics and tennis.
•  Covered Rams football and the NFL from 1999 to 2013.
•  Experience with WordPress, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, InCopy, InDesign, content management systems.

STORIES AND ON-CAMERA INTERVIEWS

Interview with Christine Buck about St. Patrick Center on “Afternoons on 11”  
Army vet finds a home after overcoming addiction, homelessness
Blues hat trick hats find a second home at St. Patrick Center
GO! Marathon is a blessing for a bishop
After beating cancer, Serena Burla makes her marathon debut
Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal also calls St. Louis home
Winding road leads home for Munir Prince
The Blues’ Jaden Schwartz cheers for his biggest fan, his sister, Mandi
Washington University welcomes back coach’s wife
MU kicker Grant Ressel lets go of his big moment
Runner’s helping hand makes a big impact
Principal donates equipment from cancelled sports programs to school that suffered a fire
SEMO pitcher gains perspective after losing sight in baseball accident
A rare first-person tale of my life as a running pick-up artist
Business and legal experts give up a weekend to share expertise with Wash. U. students

HONORS AND AWARDS

U.S. Olympians, MO-IL Chapter
Honorary member

2007 National Federation of Press Women Quest Award
Presented for distinguished achievement in communications, writing sports columns in a profession dominated by men.

•  USA Today
•  Terrain Magazine
•  Mercy Health
•  Husch Blackwell, LLP
•  GO! St. Louis
• Catholic Health Association
•  St. Louis Public Radio
•  Catholic Health Initiatives
•  Common Spirit Health
•  St. Louis Sports Commission
•  Washington University
•  St. Louis Review

 

EDUCATION
American Board 2009

Secondary education, English, Language Arts

University of Missouri-Columbia 1981

Bachelor of Journalism in News-Editorial, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

CERTIFICATION
English and Language Arts, Grades 6-12                             2009

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Certificate No. 0443146

REFERENCES

Reid Laymance, Deputy Sports Editor, Houston Chronicle
reid.laymance@chron.com
713-362-2734

Wayne Zade, Professor Emeritus of English, Westminster University
jazzpoet.wz@gmail.com
573-592-5287

Judith VandeWater, Editor, Catholic Health World
jvandewater@chausa.org, 314-253-3410

Tom Etling, Principal of Advisory Services, Brown Smith Wallace; former CEO at St. Patrick Center
tetling@bswllc.com, 314-642-2278

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