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  Leah Shepherd
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Knowing how to communicate information well is what I do best. I specialize in covering health care, human resources and employee benefits.
I have written extensively about trends in health insurance, retirement planning, personal finance, human resources, employee benefits, employment law, education, politics, volunteering and land use. I take pride in reliably meeting deadlines and consistently crafting quality pieces.

Personal experience gives me far-reaching knowledge of gymnastics, yoga, adoption, ballroom dancing, dogs, diving, health care, the media industry, the Chesapeake Bay and the Washington, D.C. region.

A versatile player, I can successfully deliver for daily newspapers, monthly magazines, electronic newsletters, frequently updated Web sites, white papers and corporate communications projects.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 6 Years
Reporter 13 Years
Writer 13 Years
Specialty
Business (general) 9 Years
Finance 9 Years
Health 9 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
13 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Human Resource Executive (6-10), Senior Market Advisor (6-10), Workforce Management (6-10), Employee Benefit News (3-5), Benefits Canada Across Borders (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Wrike (11+)
Other Work History
I co-authored a book called "The Three Rs of Employee Benefits: Recruiting, Retention and Rewards." I have worked for Employee Benefit News, the Gazette (Montgomery County, Md.), Capital News Service, the Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) and the Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.)
In addition, I have experience in editing and proofreading nonfiction books and corporate communications.
Computer Skills
Quark, InDesign, WavePad, Pagemaker, HTML coding, Word, Outlook
Technical Skills
podcast editing, page layout on InDesign and Quark
Equipment
laptop, digital camera, digital voice recorder, scanner, high-speed Internet, photo printer
Foreign Language Skills
French (fluent)
Work Permits & Visas
U.S. citizen
Unions
none
References
available upon request
Awards
My coverage of a train wreck was part of a package that won the Gazette a first place award for breaking news from the Suburban Newspapers of America in 2002. It also was part of a package that won the Gazette a second-place award for spot news from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association.
Associations
Media Bistro and Editorial Freelancers Association.
Other
I have a bachelor's degree in print journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Washington, DC. I am willing to travel locally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Employee Benefit News, 4/1/2007)
(Employee Benefit News, 6/1/2006)
(Employee Benefit News, 10/1/2004)
(The Gazette, 4/13/2003)