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  Kara Watkins
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Give me an assignment; I'll deliver. A well-rounded, experienced freelancer, I offer a full package of editorial services, from writing and editing print/online content to social media management, desktop publishing, and online production.

I approach each project -- whether it be a direct mail fund-raising package, marketing collateral, a breezy lifestyle/arts/culture/travel article, or an insightful personality profile -- with expertise, enthusiasm, and attention to detail.

I'm based in the metro Los Angeles area.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Copy Editor 20 Years
Editor 20 Years
Writer 20 Years
Specialty
International Development 9 Years
Arts & Humanities 20 Years
Education 20 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
20 Years
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
PepsiCo (11+), The World Bank/Water Global Practice (11+), Big Hearts for Little Hearts Children's Hosp Guild (3-5)
Other Work History
Senior Public Relations Manager for a global international development agency based in the Washington DC metro area.

Publications Manager for a school of medicine alumni association.
Computer Skills
Microsoft Office, OS 10+, Windows, CSS, HTML, Social Media (Twitter: manage daily tweets/campaigns for @WorldBankWater; Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn)
Technical Skills
desktop publishing (Adobe Creative Suite CC); photo editing (PhotoShop); video editing (iMovie); Web production/design (Drupal, HTML, CSS)
Equipment
Mac laptop fully loaded with word-processing, desktop publishing, and photo-editing programs; digital camera; voice recorder
Foreign Language Skills
Italian (proficient); Spanish (conversational, reading)
References
Gladly provided upon request.
Other
Master's in English Literature; Single-Subject California Teaching Credential (English and Biology)
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Los Angeles, CA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Writing Samples  
Welcome to H Street
(Latitudes/American Eagle Inflight Magazine (HCP/Aboard Publishing), 11/1/2011)
[URL and/or PDF coming soon] Arts & culture article introducing American Eagle airlines passengers/Latitudes readers to Washington DC's burgeoning Atlas District.
(Columbia Union VISITOR, 8/1/2009)
Feature profile of musical prodigy, composer, and orchestra conductor Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse.
(Columbia Union VISITOR, 12/1/2008)
Feature profile of young man's journey from angry, rebellious teen on the run from law to committed Christian pastor.
(Woman magazine (SB News-Press), 11/6/2005)
1700-word cover story profiling Catherine Cole, Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara drama professor, cancer survivor, and amputee.
(Coastal Woman, 11/1/2005)
Feature profiling Santa Barbara landscape painter and issue cover girl Nicole Strasburg. One of three artist profiles written for the Winter 2005 "Women in the Arts" issue of Coastal Woman.
(Woman magazine (SB News-Press), 8/28/2005)
Fun, informational article highlighting skincare options available in the Santa Barbara area.
(Coastal Woman, 6/1/2004)
Feature profile of Santa Barbara artist and Westmont College professor Susan Savage.
Editorial  
(Fielding Graduate University, 6/30/2006)
Summer 2006 issue of Fielding Focus, the news and events magazine of Fielding Graduate University. As editor, I managed production, and wrote and edited content. See my interview with cover subject Yvette Burton, Ph.D.
(Fielding Graduate University, 1/9/2006)
Winter 2006 issue of Fielding Focus, the news and events magazine of Fielding Graduate University. As editor, I managed production, and wrote and edited content. See my cover story on disaster psychologist Gil Reyes, Ph.D., who discusses the mental health issues surrounding disaster survivors.