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  Kimberly Olson
Professional/Personal Overview
  I love to create sparkling prose that will grab the reader from the get-go. I write about health, architecture and design, business, entrepreneurship, women's empowerment, diversity, lifestyle, and more.

As a former staff editor, I know how important it is to find writers who do solid research, submit clean copy, and are responsive. When I started freelancing, I vowed to be just such a writer.


The following came freely and unsolicited.

"Great article! Great lead in! I know I never need to worry about the quality of your articles."

- Jackie Krentzman, Diversity Woman

"Appreciate all that you do; love working with you!"

- Brittany Kaplan, LUXE

“You rock! It’s so nice having that confidence that things were done right. That’s why I love working with you. You just get it.”

– Pamela Adelman, Design for Living magazine

Work Info
Editor 16 Years
Writer 16 Years
Business (general) 7 Years
Health 10 Years
Home & Garden 8 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Diablo Custom Publishing (11+), Diversity Woman (6-10), LUXE magazine (6-10), San Francisco magazine (6-10), FORTUNE magazine/Great Place to Work Institute (3-5)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (11+), John Muir Medical Center (11+), St. Mary's Medical Center (6-10), UCSF Medical Center (6-10), Brown & Toland (6-10), American Cancer Society (3-5), Boston Scientific (3-5), Great Place to Work Institute (3-5), Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (3-5)
Other Work History
Managing Editor

Senior Editor
Diablo Custom Publishing
Computer Skills
Word, Internet browsers, InCopy
Computer, telerecorder, fax machine, printer
Available upon request
Maggie Award - Advances magazine (lead editor)
Maggie Award - HealthSmart magazine (lead editor)
Maggie Award - Hill Health (lead editor)
EWIP: Exceptional Women in Publishing (former board member)
Women in Periodical Publishing
Stanford Publishing Course

University of California at Berkeley Extension
Completed a grammar course, graphic design studio courses, and a color theory course.

Completed a Web editing course.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near San Francisco, CA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Architecture and Design  
(LUXE magazine, 7/1/2013)
A peek at a home with soaring ceilings and walls of glass that architect Kevin B. Howard designed to gently tuck into a Tucson hillside.
(LUXE magazine, 10/1/2012)
A renovation modernizes a classic Tudor while paying homage to the homeowners' literary passions.
(LUXE magazine, 10/1/2012)
A couple buy a dilapidated 100-year-old Italianate home from the woman who grew up there, and give it a fresh face while honoring its history.
(LUXE magazine, 7/1/2012)
A look at dancer, singer, and designer Lovedy Barbatelli's modern eclectic Denver duplex, which offers loads of eye candy while remaining decidedly eco-conscious.
(Design for Living, 10/31/2007)
Architect James Philip Wright's masterful reworking of a lakeside cabin.
(Design for Living, 10/1/2006)
Architect Peter Gilliam transforms a Napa home burdened with more than 150 code violations into an airy retreat for a vintner and his wife.
(Design for Living, 10/1/2006)
A tour of legendary San Francisco sourdough bread maker Boudin's new complex at Fisherman's Wharf, designed to brim with sensory delights.
(Diversity Woman, 11/1/2013)
Around the world, women and people of color rely on tech gadgets that have sprung primarily from the minds of white men. This story shows how that's about to change.
(Diversity Woman magazine, 10/1/2013)
An exploration of why women need sponsors--not just mentors--to rise into the C-suite.
(Diversity Woman magazine, 3/1/2012)
Profiles of four women entrepreneurs who bucked convention, ignored the naysayers, and rocketed to the top.
(Diversity Woman magazine, 10/1/2011)
An exploration of how the country's top leaders--in business, government, and academia--are joining forces to make science cool again, especially to girls and kids of color.
(Diversity Woman, 2/28/2008)
A profile of Sheila Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television and the country's first female African-American billionaire.
(Napa Sonoma, 7/5/2007)
A story of four entrepreneurs from winemaking families who have launched new endeavors inspired by their love of wine.
(The Vine, 6/1/2005)
A mini-profile of rebel-with-a-cause vintner Greg Brown, founder of T-Vine Cellars.
Health and Medicine  
(San Francisco magazine, 4/1/2005)
An exploration into why women (and doctors) tend to ignore heart disease symptoms--and how that's changing.
(Women's Health, 6/1/2004)
Advice on learning to forgive--and restoring physical health in the process.
(Acura Style, 8/11/2006)
A primer on the inner workings of air traffic control.
Personal Finance  
(Equity magazine, 2/15/2006)
Tips for turning eco-friendly home improvements into tax breaks from Uncle Sam.
(JCCSF, 6/1/2012)
Newspaper ad for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco's 2012 Arts & Ideas season.
Bus tail ad for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco's 2012 Arts & Ideas season.