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  Brandi Wills
Professional/Personal Overview
  I am a seasoned and driven media professional with over 9 years of experience in publishing and marketing. During that time I have built a reputation for solid editorial judgment, compelling storytelling and meticulous project management. I've launched and managed multiple magazine titles, curating talent and directing content that has received numerous national and regional awards for print, digital and multimedia excellence. These include two James Beard Foundation Journalism Award nominations and top awards from FOLIO, Editor & Publisher Magazine and MIN.
Work Info
Copy Editor 9 Years
Editor 8 Years
Writer 9 Years
Food 5 Years
Home & Garden 9 Years
Lifestyle 9 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
9 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine (11+), ALIVE Magazine (11+), Feast Magazine (11+)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Flooring America (11+), TADS (6-10), Lenders One (3-5)
Other Work History
Managing Editor at Feast Magazine; Managing Editor at St. Louis Homes & Lifestlyes Magazine; Managing Editor at Commercial Journal - St. Louis; Managing Editor at Commercial Journal - Kansas City; Staff Writer at KC Magazine; Copy writer at Weintraub Advertising
Computer Skills
OS 10, Windows XP, Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign, Microsoft Office suite, iWork suite, Wordpress, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Instagram, Flickr
Mac laptop, digital camera, iPhone, camcorder, audio recorder, photo printer
2013 MIN Online Best of the Web Awards for Best Integration with Print; 2012 Eddie Award (FOLIO) for Consumer, Epicurean, Full Issue; 2012 National Federation of Press Women First-Place Award for Lifestyle Feature Editing; 2012 Ranly (Missouri Association of Publications) First-Place Award for Best Writing, Entire Issue; 2004 Helen Rhoda Hoopes Critical Writing Award; 2003 Helen Rhoda Hoopes Critical Writing Award
Member of the James Beard Foundation
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I live near St Louis, MO. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Food Writing  
(Feast Magazine, 11/1/2013)
Top talent from five St. Louis bars and restaurants share seasonal cocktail recipes that will spice up your Thanksgiving table.
(Feast Magazine, 3/1/2013)
This special issue educates readers on Thai cooking, as well as St. Louis establishments that exemplify the traditions and trends of Thailand's culinary culture. I conceived, pitched, assigned, edited and contributed writing to this concept and managed it through completion.
(Feast Magazine, 10/1/2011)
A day in the life at Jones Heritage Breed Farm.
(Feast Magazine, 2/1/2011)
An inside look at how Patric Chocolate owner Alan McClure followed his dream to become one of the first craft chocolate makers in the U.S.
Contact Info
  Brandi Wills
St. Louis, MO 

Tel: 314.324.2952  
E-Mail: brandi.wills@gmail.com
Website: http://brandiwills.com