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  Allison Ellis
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Freelance writer, copywriter and brand strategy consultant with 20+ years experience in consumer media. My work has appeared in Redbook, Working Mother, Fodor's, NBC, MediaPost, and The Seattle Times. I currently write features and essays on parenting, health, jobs, fashion, travel and shopping. Please see www.allisonellis.com for more info.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Content Editor (online) 12 Years
Copywriter 15 Years
Writer 22 Years
Specialty
Fashion 10 Years
Travel 5 Years
Family, Children & Teenagers 20 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
22 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
ParentMap (11+), Red Tricycle (11+), The Seattle Times (11+), Working Mother (3-5), Redbook (1-2), MediaPost (1-2), NBC (1-2), Fodor's Travel Guides (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Bergen Mama (11+), Nordstrom (11+), Scholastic (11+), Starbucks (11+), GEICO Now (6-10)
Other Work History
Nordstrom, Inc.,
Managing Editor

Fox Family Worldwide
Vice President, Content

Free Range Media/Thomson Newspapers
Editorial Director

Medio Multimedia
Producer

Eastsideweek/Seattle Weekly
Calendar Editor
Equipment
Laptop, digital camera
References
http://www.linkedin.com/in/allisonellis
Associations
Northwest Writers Association
Society of Professional Journalists
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Seattle-Tacoma, WA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Fashion & Style  
(Bellevue Visitor's Guide, 6/1/2013)
Luxury stores, local boutiques and eclectic consignment shops offer one-of-a-kind finds.
(Bergen Mama, 2/10/2013)
If your coffee is Italian and your car is German, why shop for kids clothes chez Target? Review of Fyglia online boutique.
(Orange Magazine, 10/1/2012)
2,000-word feature article on social media fashion trends, highlighting the biggies: Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom, The Sartorialist, @OscarPRGirl, and many others. Lots of detailed reporting and research went into this one.
(MediaPost, 9/9/2011)
Op-ed commentary on Teen Vogue's Fashion Week promotion.
Essays  
(Modern Love Rejects, 7/25/2011)
My blind date with Jeff, an eligible Plastic Surgeon who showed up smelling of soap and looking like a Mormon missionary. Little did he know about the dead husband...
(Redbook, 5/1/2011)
Personal essay for Redbook's "Stuff My Kids Taught Me" section.
(This I Believe, 8/30/2010)
Yes, I'm disorganized and I like it.
Parenting  
(ParentMap, 6/19/2013)
If 90 percent of sexual abuse offenses are committed by someone acquainted with the child, how do we protect our kids?
(ParentMap, 1/31/2013)
Review of the highly controversial "The Heavy" by Dara-Lynn Weiss.
(ParentMap, 1/29/2013)
First came the ABCs, now it's time to talk about STDs.
(Red Tricycle, 7/22/2012)
Q & A interview with Jonny Moseley, freestyle skiing Olympic medalist and host of G4's "American Ninja Warrior."
(Working Mother, 10/19/2011)
Essay for Working Mother's Blog Carnival on paid parental leave.
(Working Mother, 10/1/2011)
What to do when faced with a no-show sitter or a day care with inconvenient staff-training days.
(Working Mother, 10/1/2011)
2,000 word feature story on flexible child care solutions, including extensive research and reporting.
Food & Dining  
(GEICO Now, 9/2/2013)
Want your kids to love cooking? These four experts have the recipes for success.
(Red Tricycle, 5/24/2012)
In-depth roundup of the best burger joints in Seattle.
(Red Tricycle, 5/18/2012)
Family friendly Mexican food roundup.
(Red Tricycle, 10/5/2011)
Where to enjoy a fine dining experience with the little ones along.
Travel  
(Fodor's Travel Guides, 6/1/2013)
Updated "Neighborhoods" and "Puget Sound Islands" chapters, including heavy fact checking, local travel, and writing clever, informative copy.
(GEICO Now, 3/1/2013)
Colorful two-page spread on the best lakes, rivers and natural swimming holes in the U.S.
(GEICO Now, 11/1/2012)
Colorful and lively-written two-page feature spread on children's museums around the U.S.
(Red Tricycle, 9/15/2012)
Roundup of best places for family-friendly fall road trips.
(Red Tricycle, 6/18/2012)
Best family getaways within a few hours drive of Seattle.
(Red Tricycle, 11/29/2011)
Lots of research went into this detailed family-friendly guide to the Seattle Christmas Ship Festival
(Seattle Magazine & Red Tricycle, 10/3/2011)
Fun fall foliage destinations in Seattle and beyond.
Jobs  
(The Seattle Times (NWJobs), 2/22/2013)
Time to sound off on the headphone debate.
(The Seattle Times (NWJobs), 10/26/2012)
Jobs feature on independent contracting.
(Seattle Times (NWJobs), 8/3/2012)
600-word career advice article, including research and reporting.
(Seattle Times (NWJobs), 7/6/2012)
Job search and interview tips for introverts.
Opinion Pieces  
(ParentMap, 8/18/2013)
What happens when we find ourselves with our mom panties down?
(Parent Map, 10/11/2012)
If 'End of Men' author Hanna Rosin is correct, my son is surely going to need to "woman up." Op/ed parenting commentary & book review.
(TODAY Moms, NBC, 6/27/2012)
Op-ed piece on Nora Ephron's parenting legacy.
Humor  
(Parent Map, 12/3/2012)
Why watching the hit show 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' reminds me of my own childhood...
(Red Tricycle, 9/5/2012)
Humor piece on the practice of 'redshirting' (holding kids back a year before entering school.)
(Red Tricycle, 8/5/2012)
Humor essay detailing our mock "staycation."
(Red Tricycle, 2/9/2012)
Oh la la, who's the superior parent now? Humor essay/satirical parenting memoir excerpt.
Shopping  
(Bergen Mama, 2/6/2013)
Dedicated email copy for European children's retailer Fyglia.com
(Parent Map, 11/27/2012)
How do you "give" a virtual gift? Hand the child an iTunes gift card and let him fend for himself? Preload your tablet and say, "Um... here?" Thankfully there's a better way: just bundle 'em up.
(Parent Map, 11/25/2012)
Tech-e gifts for kids - including babies, preschoolers, school-age kids, tweens and teens.
(Bergen Mama, 11/13/2012)
On the twelfth day of searching for the perfect holiday card, my true love gave to me... (a dedicated email for Minted.com).
(Red Tricycle, 5/9/2012)
Mother's Day gift ideas with a local spin.
(Bergen Mama, 4/26/2012)
Review of for RealReal.com luxury consignment.
Contact Info
  Allison Ellis
Seattle, WA 98105
USA

Tel: 206-240-7159  
E-Mail: allison.e.ellis@gmail.com
Website: http://www.allisonellis.com