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  Owen Poindexter
Professional/Personal Overview
  I am a lifelong writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Non-Fiction and two years professional blogging experience. I have a proven ability to produce publication-ready research and copy. I can write on a broad range of topics, including politics, science, sports, film, theater and profiles. My specialties are bright, unexpected descriptions and pulling stories from data. I am currently working with an editor to polish my novel.
Work Info
Editor 1 Year
Researcher 2 Years
Writer 2 Years
Science 1 Year
Sports & Recreation 1 Year
Politics 3 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
4 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Carbonated.tv (11+), MapLight (11+)
Other Work History
I have written product descriptions for artists, taught writing to high schoolers and English as a second language. I worked at MapLight for two years (ending Nov 2011) as a blogger and researcher.
Computer Skills
Proficient with Mac and PC, Word, Excel
Technical Skills
Template-based web design
Laptop, camera, iPad, audio recorder
Foreign Language Skills
Some Spanish
Jeffrey Friedman, Research Director at MapLight: jeff@maplight.org.
Sarah Pollock, English and Journalism Professor at Mills College, former Senior Editor of Mother Jones: pollock@mills.edu.
Paul Nowak, Founder and CEO of Iris Reading: pnowak@irisreading.com
Finalist for the Ardella Mills Prize for excellence in writing.
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. 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
(MapLight, 3/4/2011)
An examination of campaign contributions from pro-choice groups to Republicans who voted to continue funding Planned Parenthood. They were among the top recipients of pro-choice money in the House of Representatives, and especially among Republicans.
(MapLight, 2/9/2011)
A report on individuals and entities who made major contributions to the opposing gubernatorial campaigns of Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman in their 2010 race.
(Maplight, 1/31/2011)
A contrast of the energy-related budget proposals of President Obama and Senator Rand Paul, alongside a comparison of how much money energy-related industries donated in the most recent election cycle to Democrats and Republicans.
(MapLight, 11/15/2010)
A look at current and past efforts of the oil and gas industry to avoid regulations and restriction around hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and other environmentally questionable extraction methods.
(MapLight, 11/3/2010)
A recap of the 2010 senate races through the lens of how often the better-funded candidate won the race. Short answer: they won 29-6.
(MapLight, 10/4/2010)
An examination of the top contributors to 2010's Prop 26 in California, which aimed to make certain fees harder to pass in the legislature. I found (and illustrated) that 86% of the funding came from four aggregating sources.
(MapLight, 9/13/2010)
An article on how, after the headlines had subsided on the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, most of the actual writing of the law was still to be done, and lobbyists were getting in on the action. A chart below the text shows a spike in lobbying efforts by major banks.
(MapLight, 7/29/2010)
A report building off of a major project of the Washington Post on firms receiving intelligence-related contracts. I examined campaign contributions from the firms receiving the most contracts, and found that they have supported legislators who voted to continue the war in Afghanistan.
(MapLight, 7/26/2010)
A comparison of legislators advocating for and against the nomination of Elizabeth Warren to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and how much each received from the banking industry.
(MapLight, 7/23/2010)
An analysis of the bills offered in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, with campaign contributions from oil companies serving as the critical variable. Scroll down for the all-too-illuminating charts.
(MapLight, 6/28/2010)
A thorough exploration of the bills legislators offered in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, with an eye toward how much each received from oil companies in campaign finances.
(MapLight, 3/17/2010)
A follow-up on a report by the Sacramento Bee about California legislators taking a lobbyist-funded trip to Hawaii. I showed how much money legislators on the trip got from industries known to be involved.
(MapLight, 3/17/2010)
An analysis of the effect campaign contributions from the energy industry has had on the California State legislature. I showed that the energy industry is careful to reward its friends.
Creative Non-fiction  
(The Campanil, 10/20/2011)
A personal account of my experience at a ten day meditation retreat. Spending 100 hours meditating in ten days, after
(Carbonated.tv, 11/6/2012)
My seven choices for books I would like the next president to read, written on election day, 2012.
(Carbonated.tv, 11/5/2012)
Taking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to task for reducing early voting hours, despite voters waiting in line for hours, because suppressing turnout is good for the Republican Party.
(Carbonated.tv, 11/5/2012)
A critique of Mitt Romney's final attack on Barack Obama, days before the 2012 election. Romney was responding to Obama's line: "Voting is the best revenge."
(Carbonated.tv, 11/2/2012)
A blog post analyzing Mitt Romney's perplexing move to make a late campaign push in Pennsylvania. I explain why he has no shot, and speculate on why he is trying anyway.
(Carbonated.tv, 11/2/2012)
An email to Newt Gingrich's supporters days before the 2012 election made headlines for saying that Obama will win. But when I investigated further, the email, who wrote it, and why turned out to be much stranger.
(Carbonated.tv, 11/1/2012)
A humorous critique of Missouri Senate candidate's Todd Akin's final attempt to prove that he sympathizes with rape victims after some quotes to the contrary.