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  Michelle Locke
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  A journalist for 20+ years, I've covered just about every beat there is -- politics, crime, education, agriculture, you name it. Sports, not so much although I did once cover a welterweight bout. (Punishment from a cranky news editor.)

These days I'm a freelancer which means I get to write about what I like, which is travel, food, and wine (and a couple other beverages). My stories appear in major dailies like the Los Angeles Times as well as in magazines and online publications.

I'm available for copy editing and for commercial projects, including case studies, website content and white papers.

I'm neutral on the Oxford comma.

Looking for lively, engaging copy? Try me.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Photographer 4 Years
Editor 6 Years
Reporter 25 Years
Specialty
Education 15 Years
Government 25 Years
Lifestyle 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
28 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Scholastic Administrator (11+), US Airways Magazine (11+), Vineyard & Winery Management (11+), Associated Press (11+), Comstock's Magazine (6-10), San Francisco Chronicle (3-5)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Illuminate PR (3-5), University of California, Berkeley (3-5), Shafer Vineyards (1-2)
Other Work History
I joined the Associated Press in Dallas in 1986, holding several positions including Texas Night Editor, Springfield, Mass. correspondent and supervisory correspondent in Berkeley.
Before that I worked for 3 years as courts and political reporter for a North Texas daily.
Computer Skills
Word, Excel
Technical Skills
Picasa photo editing, Windows Movie Maker, Wordpress.
Equipment
Digital camera/video recorder, laptop, digital voice recorder.
Awards
AP California/Nevada Story of the Year, 2001. AP California/Nevada Staffer of the Year 1996.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near San Francisco, CA. I am willing to travel regionally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
FOOD & DRINK  
(Palate Press, 12/14/2014)
Taylor Fladgate CEO Adrian Bridge's thoughts on pink port and more.
(Palate Press, 9/20/2013)
(Comstock's Magazine, 9/1/2013)
Monterey county uncorks the power of wine tourism.
(Associated Press, 6/15/2013)
(Palate Press, 6/15/2013)
What it's like to visit the Napa Valley wine auction
(AP, 11/15/2012)
EDUCATION  
(Comstock's Magazine, 8/1/2013)
(Scholastic Adiministrator, 7/1/2013)
(Scholastic Administrator, 11/1/2011)
A story detailing new requirements in assessing teachers with case histories of how different districts have approached the task.
SCIENCE  
(BioEnergy Connection, 4/1/2013)
A look at the similarities between making fine wine and making good biofuel.
PROFILES  
(FIU Magazine, 5/15/2012)
TRAVEL  
(Fodor's, 1/5/2014)
Ways to relax in adventure capital Queenstown, New Zealand.
(US Airways Magazine, 1/1/2014)
(Associated Press, 11/15/2013)
(US Airways Magazine, 4/1/2013)
(AP, 3/1/2013)
(US Airways Magazine, 1/10/2013)
WEBSITE CONTENT  
(Tri-Valley Visitors' Center, 12/1/2014)
Article giving the rundown on wedding venues in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California.
(Shafer Vineyards, 3/1/2013)
TECHNICAL WRITING  
(UC Berkeley, 4/1/2013)
Brochure detailing use of Life Cycle Assessment analysis when evaluating energy efficiency.
BUSINESS  
(Comstock's business magazine, 10/1/2013)
(Comstock's business magazine, 9/15/2013)
Contact Info
  Michelle Locke
Berkeley, CA 
USA

Tel: 510-848-9223  
E-Mail: michelle@michellelocke.com
Website: http://www.michellelocke.com