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  Gwendolyn Purdom
Professional/Personal Overview
  From distributing my homemade neighborhood newspaper in elementary school, to my current position as associate editor at Preservation magazine and a frequent freelance contributor to Washingtonian magazine and other publications, journalism has been a constant in my life. Reporting on everything from runners' battles with breast cancer, the best in local pet care, and the underground world of women's roller derby, to my award-winning first person account of trying-out to be one of the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents mascots, I have plenty of experience diving headfirst into a wide variety of topics for both national and regional publications and am always interested in expanding that reach.
Work Info
Editor 1 Year
Writer 6 Years
Copy Editor 6 Years
Arts & Humanities 2 Years
History, Preservation, Pets 2 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
6 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Preservation Magazine (11+), Washingtonian Magazine (11+), Runner's World Magazine (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
LivingSocial.com (11+)
Other Work History
Assistant Editor at Preservation Magazine, Paid Editorial Intern at Washingtonian Magazine, News Intern at USA Today
Computer Skills
Microsoft Office, Adobe InCopy, Adobe InDesign, College Publisher, Convio, Mac and PC platforms
Technical Skills
Elementary Photoshop
Laptop, Sony Cyber Shot digital camera, audio recorder
Foreign Language Skills
Elementary Italian and Spanish
DC Society of Professional Journalists Dateline Award: Best of Local Journalism 2010, Magazine Editorial, Columns and Commentary 3rd Place for "I Was George Washington;" Williams Prize First Place News Story, First Place Journalism Class Work (2009); Coluccio Salutati Award for highest academic leadership and insight into host country, Italy (2008); Amaranth/Williams Prize First Place in Prose (2006)
Society of Professional Journalists Washington D.C. Professional Chapter
A January 2009 graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., I earned my BA in journalism with a minor in psychology and graduated with highest honors in three and a half years. I was recognized for my work as editor in chief of the student newspaper, co-stage manager of Lehigh's theatrical production of "RED," and my academic leadership and writing during a semester spent living with a family in Florence, Italy.
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I live near Washington, DC. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(Preservation Magazine, 9/1/2011)
Once a neighborhood brake shop, this Washington, D.C., row house has become a showpiece for revitalization
(Washingtonian Magazine, 8/11/2011)
Taking a public-speaking class can help you succeed at work and get your ideas across
(Preservation Magazine, 7/1/2011)
Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation identifies sites across the country that demand immediate attention. Not only does the 11 Most list emphasize the importance of preservation, it also helps local groups rally support for the buildings, landmarks, neighborhoods, and historic lan
(Runner's World Magazine, 6/1/2011)
Runner's World watched more than 40,000 people cross the finish line of the 2010 Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. We saw firsthand that the disease doesn't play favorites. And what we heard was nothing short of inspiring.
(Washingtonian Magazine, 2/1/2011)
Who do you trust to care for your pet? We asked that question in an online survey, and more than 4,500 pet owners responded. We also talked with veterinarians and other experts. From vets to dog walkers, here's our guide to the best pet care.
(Washingtonian Magazine, 10/1/2010)
They're the underdogs of the feline world, with a reputation for bringing trouble. But black cats can make good pets.
(Washingtonian Magazine, 3/23/2010)
What does it take to be one of the Racing Presidents? Just try running with one of those big heads.
(Washingtonian Magazine, 11/19/2009)
Meet Camilla the Hun, Guantanamo Babe, and Marion Barrycuda -- they can't wait to flatten other women skaters.
(USA Today, 8/7/2008)
High schools and colleges are steering students away from cars to save money on gas, save the environment and promote physical fitness (originally ran on the front page of the print version, online version was ranked the top viewed article on USATODAY.com 8-7-08 with 86,630 views).