Tara Conry
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Having worn many different hats in my career thus far - editor-in-chief, fact-checker, reporter, videojournalist, blogger - I bring to the table a diverse set of skills, a broad knowledge of many subjects and a commitment to quickly producing polished work that engages readers. I have a background in editing, writing and reporting for newspapers, magazines and Web sites throughout New York, with my work appearing in SmartMoney, Reader's Digest, The New York Daily News, Patch.com and on my blog. I have reported on local news including village and school boards, crime, elections, small business and sports, and on broader topics like the sub-prime housing crisis, air travel, bargain hunting, court proceedings and health care reform. I hold a B.A. in print journalism from Hofstra University with a minor in political science. I also studied broadcast, libel law and health and sports sciences.
Please contact me about any freelance writing, editing or fact-checking assignments.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Researcher 3 Years
Writer 9 Years
Editor 8 Years
Specialty
Personal Finance 3 Years
Crime 7 Years
Education 8 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
6 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
N.Y. Daily News (11+), Patch.com/AOL (11+), Reader's Digest (11+), SmartMoney magazine (6-10)
Other Work History
Editor-in-Chief, The Chronicle, Hofstra University's weekly newspaper, Pulse magazine, Managing Editor. I also write and manage a health and fitness blog: fitchickchitchat.com
Computer Skills
Trained in Content Management Systems, K4, InCopy, Adobe Photoshop CS, Quark Xpress, Adobe Indesign, Nexis, and Avid video editing. I also, have experience with html, Blogger, social media and various programs for PCs and MACs.
Technical Skills
video editing (Avid), as well as some camera work, photo editing (Adobe Photoshop), I am also skilled at using social networking tools to recruit readers and offer more interactive experiences. Highly skilled at using online sites and tools to perform research.
Equipment
Olympus digital voice recorder, Canon Rebel digital SLR camera, Macbook Pro, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Flip HD video camcorder
Foreign Language Skills
Spanish (5 years)
References
Contacts: Deirdre Casper, Former Director of Research & Reporting, Reader's Digest, DMPCasper@gmail.com, 914-954-8040, 914-763-8799
Donna Banks, Former Senior Editor, Reader's Digest, 914-393-7961
Brian Harmon, former N.Y. Daily News Bureau Chief, 718-793-3328, bpdaharmon@aol.com
Awards
Part of editorial staff for Reader's Digest when the magazine was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for General Excellence
Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (Spring 2007)
Named Print Journalism Outstanding Senior of the Year by Hofstra Universitys School of Communication in 2007
2006 Newsday Newspapers in Education Awards First Place for News Writing and First Place for Commentary
Society of Professional Journalists 2005 Mark of Excellence Awards Second Place for Editorial Writing, Third Place for General News Writing
Deans List, Provosts Scholar, Hofstra University
Associations
Society of Professional Journalists, American Society of Magazine Editors, Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society, Phi Etta Sigma, Golden Key International Honor Society, Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, American Red Cross
Other
Received a BA from Hofstra University in Print Journalism with a minor in Political Science; also studied broadcast journalism and physical education and sports sciences; Certified in Primary Group Fitness through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel regionally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Writing Samples  
(Patch.com, 2/2/2011)
Irate customers of Long Island American Water speak out against the brown tap water the company has been providing them. [Story, photos and video]
(Reader's Digest, 5/1/2010)
I uncovered the best tips from dedicated frugalists that have been proven to help consumers save money by making the items they do have last longer.
(Reader's Digest, 4/1/2010)
An investigative piece where we asked plumbers to open up about industry secrets and ways consumers can save money on their plumbing bills.
(Reader's Digest, 6/1/2008)
A wave of tornadoes brings death, destruction—and selfless acts of bravery.
(Reader's Digest, 3/1/2008)
Reader's Digest rounds up the best medical breakthroughs of 2008, including a checklist for preventing infections in hospitals that is so effective, yet simple, that it is sheer brilliance.
(New York Daily News, 1/1/2006)
From crime and politics to religion and human triumphs, I covered in all during my two years of field reporting for the New York Daily News. You can find all my clips here. (Please let me know if you are having any technical difficulties accessing the link or any articles.)
(N.Y. Daily News, 7/8/2005)
Coverage of the death of a local hero - a Navy Seal from Long Island, N.Y. - who died while serving in Afghanistan, and the grieving family and future bride he left behind.
(NY DAILY NEWS)
Residents and activists are irate about the state and smell of the water near their homes.
(NY Daily News)
A fatal crash claims the life of one of Long Island's top baseball players.
(NY Daily News)
Controversy over allegations made by PETA about Ringling Bros. circus warranted a closer look at the trainer's practices.
(NY Daily News)
Launched in 2009, this blog focuses on health and fitness news, product reviews, and the personal experiences of its founder and chief writer, Tara Conry, a certified fitness instructor, professional journalist and exercise enthusiast. Its mission is to inspire others to improve their well-being by
Video Samples  
(Patch.com, 4/20/2011)
It was an emotional day at the historic Lakewood Stables in West Hempstead, N.Y. as the dilapidated facilities were demolished, paving the way for a brighter future.
Contact Info
  Tara Conry
Malverne, NY 
USA

E-Mail: Tara.Conry@gmail.com