Lynn Bering
Professional/Personal Overview
  As an award-winning freelance writer and lifestyles editor and columnist, my work includes in-depth pieces on racism in western Pennsylvania, the lumber industry, welfare reform, child abuse, grief, and health issues as well as comprehensive stories of engaging people and places throughout the country.

I maintain a blog at and I write a bi-weekly column for The Clarion News. Both focus on life around me - what I experience and observe. I challenge readers to reflect on their lives and opinions by telling my own stories of the ordinary and not-so-ordinary.

My favorite part of the writing process is the interview. I am curious so I ask the right questions and I'm a good listener so I get the right answers. I am also a thorough researcher. It always amazes me where my curiosity will get me and who I find to talk to for an article. Most people are anxious to share their knowledge or experiences; you just have to know where to find them.
Contact Info
  Lynn Bering
Clarion, PA 

Website: http://
Work Samples
Freelance - Magazines  
(Washington Jefferson Magazine, 6/1/2002)
Report on alumni who have become Flag Officers in the U.S. Military
(Temple Medicine, 1/1/2001)
E. Ronald Salvitti, MD '63 Endowed Medical Scholarship Fund established at Temple University School of Medicine
(Trade & Commerce Magazine, 1/1/2001)
I've written four articles for Trade & Commerce Magazine, a long-standing Canadian business publication. This is the one I wrote about Clarion County, Pennsyvlania. All are available upon request.
(Focus Magazine, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2/6/2000)
Report on history of logging in Pennsylvania. First two pages. Complete story available upon request.
In-House - Newspaper  
(The Clarion News, 2/6/2007)
I recently covered a murder trial for The Clarion News.
Many people don't realize that Pennsylvania, in 2002, remained in the top ten states for racist activity after taking the top number in 1994.
(The Clarion News, 2/14/2002)
(The Clarion News, 10/18/2001)
Because of my connections in the community as the lifestyles editor, I was asked by our managing editor to write an editorial about the decline in contributions to local charities following the 9/11 attacks.
(The Clarion News, 9/25/2001)
I interviewed two former Clarion County residents who were working in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
(The Clarion News, 7/20/1999)
Interviewing and meeting singer Michael Johnson was an honor for me, having grown up in Minneapolis listening to his music and attending his concerts. When he was scheduled to perform near my new home in western Pennsylvania, I did everything I could to get an interview.
(Clarion News, 1/18/2007)
I write a bi-weekly column for The Clarion News. This is a link to my most recently published columns.
(The Clarion News, 5/31/2001)
I wrote this column a few weeks before my daughter graduated from high school.
(The Clarion News, 3/11/1999)
I won the Marie Spencer Hutchinson Memorial Prize for Essay Writing for this column in 1999.
Work Info
Copy Editor 6 Years
Editor 6 Years
Writer 10 Years
Lifestyle 6 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
10 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
The Clarion News (11+), Trade & Commerce Magazine (1-2)
Other Work History
Freelance Writer & Editor
* Write a bi-weekly op-ed column for The Clarion News
* Edit a variety of marketing materials, proposals and papers for non-profits and individuals
* Published articles in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the magazines Trade & Commerce, Temple Medicine, and Washington & Jefferson Magazine
* Grant writer for Clarion Literacy Council (1997-2000)

The Clarion News (1996-2002)
Lifestyles Editor
* Writer, editor, page designer and photographer for lifestyles and academics sections
* Wrote bi-weekly column and periodic editorials
* Copy editor for general news and sports

M.A. Mortenson Company (1994-1997)
Newsletter Editor
With more than $1 billion in annual construction projects, the company needed an in-house communication for its 2,500 employees and an additional marketing tool for potential and existing clients. I developed, wrote and edited a bi-monthly newsletter for two years in-house and for one year as a freelancer.
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
I use both a desktop and laptop computer with high-speed internet. I can provide both digital and film photography to accompany an article.
Rodney L. Sherman, editor, The Clarion News -
Paul Hambke, Publications Director, Clarion University of Pennsylvania -
Laura Jean Stewart, editor, Trade & Commerce Magazine.
Press Club of Western Pennsylvania - 2001 Golden Quill Award, Finalist and 1999 Golden Quill Award Winner in division “Columns in non-daily newspapers”

Marie Spencer Hutchinson Memorial Prize for Essay Writing, 1994 and 1999
National Society of Newspaper Columnists
As I pursued my English major, I took intro, intermediate and advanced classes in creative non-fiction and one in fiction writing.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Pittsburgh, PA. I am willing to travel regionally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.