Laura Putre
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Feature writing is my forte, but I'm also an accomplished editor. I've written for consumer and in-flight magazines, newspapers, alumni magazines, restaurant/travel websites, and healthcare and trade publications.
Recent assignments include Cleveland reviews for Forbes Travel and Zagat; a feature on a seminal African-American record label for The Root.com; and a profile of a researcher who's spent his life in pursuit of the elusive Vitamin B12.
As a newspaper editor, I've worked with rookie reporters and seasoned journalists, on stories big and small. Recently, I've been editing Case Western Reserve University's alumni e-newsletters on a contract basis.
In the past two years, I've also researched and ghostwritten two corporate history books, on Brink's Inc. and the Eaton Corp.
I have an MFA in creative writing and a bachelor's degree in journalism, so I come with journalistic integrity AND writing chops.










Contact Info
  Laura Putre
Cleveland, OH 44107
USA

Tel: 312.505.0201  
E-Mail: putre2@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.mediabistro.com/lauraputre
Work Samples
 
Features  
(Miller-McCune, 3/1/2011)
How Hugo Boss lost a Cleveland union battle
(Hemispheres Inflight Magazine, 12/1/2010)
Where does Charlie Trotter go for fantasy vegetables? A small family farm in Huron, Ohio.
(The Root.com, 10/14/2010)
Thomas Boddie never had aspirations to build another Motown, but the legacy left in his sealed-up studio is an important piece of musical history.
(Chicago Tribune, 2/19/2009)
(Chicago Reader, 1/17/2008)
Six years ago, Myopic Books owner Joe Judd thought he was going to die. When he didn't, he decided to live the life he'd always wanted.
(Chicago Reader, 7/20/2007)
Scars, track marks, gang tats: if they're ruining your life, Eric Dean Spruth wants to cover them up.
Arts and Culture  
(Chicago Reader, 10/25/2007)
A new exhibit of Chicago painting highlights the tradition of verso
(Chicago Reader, 7/6/2006)
Five handpicked tenants are restoring forward-looking houses from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair--in the Indiana Dunes
(Chicago Journal, 1/14/2005)
Jazz great Fred Anderson keeps the tradition alive at the Velvet Lounge
(Indianapolis Monthly, 12/1/2004)
Where do cathedrals go for the perfect pane of tight-ripple flamingo pink? To a legendary Kokomo glassworks.
Health and Science  
(HemAware, 5/1/2011)
Recognizing joint bleeds in people on prophylaxis
(HHMI Bulletin, 2/1/2011)
Spreading the word that science is doable is in Mike Yerky's DNA
(Cleveland Magazine, 12/1/2010)
Medical pros hone their skills with the help of robots and other virtual tools
(Cleveland Clinic Magazine, 1/1/2010)
Researcher Donald Jacobsen has spent 40 years in the darkroom, casting new light on Vitamin B12's mysteries.
(University of Chicago Magazine, 3/1/2009)
The South Dakota Hutterites' shared environment and heritage make them a genetic researcher's dream come true
(Hospitals and Health Networks, 4/1/2008)
(Indianapolis Monthly, 6/1/2004)
A Purdue professor's controversial attempt to create 'sun in a jar'
Alumni/College  
(Fordham University, 1/1/2009)
An interview with Robert Remini, historian for the U.S. House of Representatives
(University of Chicago magazine, 11/1/2007)
Howard Sulkin is the man behind the Spertus Institute's stunning new building on Chicago's Michigan Avenue
(University of Chicago Magazine, 6/1/2007)
Profile of two alumni who run a Chicago record store specializing in obscure finds
Parenting  
(Chicago Parent, 3/28/2008)
How one environmentally minded Chicago couple managed to stay car-free after their baby arrived
(Chicago Parent, 9/1/2006)
Pregnancy book reviews
Travel  
(Latitudes (American Eagle airline), 7/1/2009)
A tour of murals in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood
(Chicago Parent, 8/29/2006)
Review of a luxury hotel package geared toward moms-to-be
(Indianapolis Monthly, 5/1/2006)
A music-lovers guide to Chicago, part of an online package called "escape!"
(Chicago Reader, 5/6/2005)
The only pro motorcycle race in the country where you can get close enough to get dirt in your beer is run by a gang of grayheads from Peoria.
Etc.  
(O Magazine, 2/7/2008)
As-told-to pieces on an exonerated man's first day of freedom after 19 years in prison, a deaf woman's first experience hearing after a cochlear implant, and a competitive eater's first 11 pounds of cheesecake
(Chicago Journal, 7/19/2006)
Most of Chicago's historic brick is going South--much to the delight of brick salvager Phil Mumford
(Chicago Journal, 2/1/2006)
The bicycling community remembers Isai Medina's "blinky lights" and independent spirit during a Critical Mass ride that ends in arrests.
(Indianapolis Monthly, 1/1/2005)
The rise and fall of Indianapolis-based ATA Airlines
(Indianapolis Monthly, 4/1/2004)
Think farmers are responsible for Indiana's time troubles? You haven't met Chet Dobis.
(The Advocate, 1/1/2002)
Gay African-American Christians too often find themselves at odds with the churches they've called home. But they are not losing faith
(Cleveland Scene, 10/18/2001)
Eighty years after the publication of Winesburg, Ohio, the town of Clyde still shuns Sherwood Anderson, its most famous dead resident
(Cleveland Scene, 4/12/2001)
A thousand bands have slept on Speak in Tongues' dingy floor
(Cleveland Scene, 6/29/2000)
God instructed that Redell Avenue be renamed Prevo avenue. The neighbors say God--and the Prevos--can take a hike.
(Cleveland Scene, 6/22/2000)
Steubenville, city of murals, make's the Dean's list
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 8 Years
Reporter 10 Years
Writer 10 Years
Specialty
Medicine 3 Years
Arts & Humanities 10 Years
Lifestyle 10 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
12 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Hospitals and Health Networks (11+), University of Chicago (11+), Thrivent Magazine (3-5), Georgetown Business Magazine (3-5), HemAware (1-2), Hemispheres (United Airlines) (1-2), Chicago Reader (1-2), Chicago Tribune (1-2), Cleveland Magazine (1-2), Forbes Travel Guide (1-2), freshwatercleveland.com (1-2), Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bulletin (1-2), Latitudes (American Eagle airline) (1-2), Miller-McCune (1-2), New Jersey Monthly (1-2), Rockport Publishers (1-2), The Root.com (1-2), Arthritis Today (1-2), Today's Hospitalist (1-2), WCPN-FM (1-2), Zagat (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Case Western Reserve University (6-10), TMG (6-10), Write Stuff Ent./Corporate history book on Brink's (3-5), Cleveland Clinic (3-5), Magna Publications (3-5), John Carroll University (1-2), Cleveland Foundation (1-2)
Other Work History
Chicago Journal, Chicago, Illinois (Feb. 2003-May 2007)
Editor: Edited and reported for two award-winning community newspapers based in the heart of downtown Chicago. Oversaw an editorial staff of four, plus freelancers. The second paper, which I helped launch in summer 2005, is in the Wicker Park/Bucktown/Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

Scene, Cleveland, Ohio (Oct. 1999-Jan. 2003)
Staff Writer: Generated a weekly reported features column for this New Times alternative weekly with 100,000 circulation. Also reported and wrote four lengthy, in-depth cover stories (3,500+ words) each year.

Scene, Cleveland, Ohio (Sept. 1998-Oct. 1999)
Calendar Editor: Managed, edited and wrote most of the copy for a weekly calendar spread.

Free Times, Cleveland, Ohio (Aug. 1996-Sept. 1998)
Associate Editor: Wrote news and features and in-depth cover stories for this alt-weekly; edited/rewrote/re-reported freelancers articles as needed; assigned arts stories.

Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Access, computer-assisted reporting, Dreamweaver, Wordpress, Scrivener
Technical Skills
Editing projects big and small, podcasting, ghostwriting, research
Equipment
Video camera, MP3 audio recorder, digital camera, laptop, scanner, DSL, cell phone.
References
Available upon request
Awards
Clarion Award, 2005
Lisagor Awards (Chicago Headline Club), Finalist, 2004 and 2005
First Place, General Excellence (Large weeklies--Chicago Journal), Illinois Press Association, 2004
Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards, Finalist, 2003
National Association of Black Journalists, First Place, Features, 2002
National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Third Place, General Interest, 2001
Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, First Place, Personality Profile, 2002
Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, First Place, Minority Reporting, 2002
Press Club of Cleveland, First Place, Open Print, Lifestyle Column, 2003
Associations
Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Other
BS, Journalism, Kent State University
MFA, Creative Writing, Wichita State University
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.