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  Laura Ortiz
Professional/Personal Overview
  A seasoned and well-published journalist, I specialize in health & fitness writing. For more than a decade, my work has been published in major and regional newspapers, magazines and on websites. My goal as a writer are to educate, entertain and evoke emotion.
Work Info
Copywriter 5 Years
Writer 10 Years
Reporter 15 Years
Health 10 Years
Medicine 10 Years
Lifestyle 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
27 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Credit Union Journal (11+), Detroit Free Press (11+), KMed LLC health communications agency (6-10)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
American Institute for Preventive Medicine (6-10), Gilda's Club Grand Rapids (1-2), Siemens Medical Solutions (1-2)
Other Work History
The Desert Sun, reporter
York Daily Record, reporter
Whimsy LLC, owner of art consignment store
Fantasy Springs Casino, public relations manager
Gilda's Club Metro Detroit, Communications Director
Downriver Profile, writer
Cerebralpalsy.org, contributing writer
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Windows XP, MAC, HTML, Photoshop, Illustrator
Technical Skills
Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign
Digital camera, MAC laptop
Frank Diekmann, 561-714-2827
Michael Radner, 248-443-0319
Various writing awards from SPJ and AP
BA - Journalism
California State University, Long Beach

Knight Fellow, 1992
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Detroit, MI. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(American Institute for Preventive Medicine, 8/10/2012)
Good Grief was one of 101 articles I wrote in less than three weeks for a publication, 101 Ways to Wellness. Topics included heart issues, dieting tips, dental care, home safety and finding a good doctor.
(Siemens Medical Solutions, 6/1/2008)
Spent several days interviewing key leaders of new heart hospital in Indiana to learn how they utilized the latest and greatest Siemens technology.
(Detroit Free Press, 2/5/2006)
Valentine's Day may be synonymous with decadent chocolate, but it doesn't have to be an excuse to slack off on diet and exercise. In fact, researchers say, there's a lot about this romantic holiday that inspires healthful habits year round.
(Siemens Medical Solutions, 6/27/2005)
It started with a dinner conversation between clinical and administrative experts, then some notes scribbled on a paper napkin. By the time they were finished, they had the outline for a state-of-the-art heart hospital that would integrate top-quality care with the latest technology.
(Detroit Free Press, 5/1/2004)
Laying in a hospital bed at Henry Ford Health System, Dwight Congress heard a sound that had been absent for a long time - the rhythmic beat of his heart. At first, the Detroit resident said, it was overwhelmingly loud "like a big drum.'' He joked to himself, "Can I live with all this noise?"
(Robert Woods Johnson Foundation/Knight Ridder-Tribune, 6/3/2003)
A doctor walks into an exam room where a patient is waiting and says, "Still fat.'' The patient lets out a nervous chuckle, hoping a punch line is about to follow to ease the sting intensifying inside her small, but obese frame. But the doctor says nothing more and she is too humiliated to . . .