Danielle Bell

Birmingham, AL USA

Professional Experience

Journalist and former marketing coordinator. I have 10 years of writing experience -from content writing to in-depth investigative and feature stories. I can also help with cleaning up copy, organization and total rewrites. As a criminal justice and investigative reporter in New Orleans, one of America's most demanding news cities, my specialty areas include social issues, education and environment. I also enjoy writing about health and wellness, beauty and sports. View my entire portfolio at http://dbell.pressfolios.com/


7 Years
7 Years
Other, Specify
10 Years


Environment & Nature
3 Years
2 Years
Other, Specify
2 Years


Online/new media
4 Years
Marketing (in-house) - Small to mid-sized corp. cl
6 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
4 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Other Work History

Crime reporter, Times-Picayune -Reporter in one of America's busiest and most demanding crime beats. -Produced original content, cultivated sources and conducted interviews with victims and family members for follow-up stories and in-depth enterprise reporting on crime issues affecting the city. Reporter, The Lens Nola --Covered education and environmental issues for Louisiana's top investigative news site. Marketing coordinator, The Agency West -Created and managed regional marketing and advertising campaigns in email, print, radio, web and social media.

Technical Skills

Search Engine Optimization; Moveable Type; Basic Photoshop; advanced knowledge of social media tools; ability to package stories with audio and video; advanced AP Style knowledge; strong research and data analysis skills; strong news judgment, journalistic ethics and understanding of libel law and FOIA requests

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office Suite


laptop; digital camera; basic audio and video; iphone; hotspot; vehicle; adventurous spirit and a curious mind


Lots of excellent references available upon request!


Contributing writer to 2012 National Edward R. Murrow award winning story, After storm, flood, frustration and demolition, family finally gets home, with Jessica Williams, The Lens and Bob Butler, Fellow, G.W. Williams Foundation for Independent Journalism.


Member Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters & Editors



Seven years to the day since Jewell and Kisa Holmes moved into their first house in New Orleans, they moved into their second. What happened in between was a tale of financial confusion, pressure, bureaucracy and frustration that is sadly familiar to the many families still working to rebuild their
With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, one of three key Army Corps of Engineers pumping stations that help drain the city during a storm is only at partial capacity - far less than what is needed to keep the Orleans Avenue Canal from filling.


After a bullet meant for another man left her son, Christopher Guilbeau, blind and in need of around-the-clock care, Lynn James spent years barely able to function. In 2009, two years after the shooting on Elysian Fields Avenue, a seizure triggered by skull fragments in the 23-year-old's brain final
A kindergarten graduate celebrating at another child's birthday party. A toddler playing with friends in a grassy courtyard on a Sunday afternoon. A little boy sitting in a car with his grandma at a second-line parade. A barely toddling girl in the arms of a caregiver walking down the street.