Kelsey Allen


Professional Experience

I am a writer, editor and content manager who fuses a background in journalism and strategic communication with an expertise in startups and nonprofits. I've written everything from how researchers use tree rings to look back in time to how caregivers can beat the holiday blues. I've developed social media strategies, business plans and media kits. I've proofread national magazines and email newsletters. A seasoned freelancer, I am known for my uncompromising work ethic and strong organizational skills. I am detail-oriented, accurate and dependable, and I am adept at managing multiple projects while maintaining composure and a sense of humor.


10 Years
8 Years
10 Years


10 Years
6 Years
10 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
10 Years
Online/new media
8 Years
Marketing (in-house) - Small to mid-sized corp. cl
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Imagination (10+), MIZZOU alumni magazine (10+), Renew (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

BlueStar HonorCare (10+), Walden University (10+), DCG Strategies (10+)

Other Work History

For the past four years, I served as a strategic communications associate for the University of Missouri. I worked beats to find and tell stories, from research breakthroughs and sports victories to student accomplishments and academic opportunities. I reported, wrote and edited news articles and feature stories for MIZZOU, the alumni magazine, and Mizzou News, the news site for the university. // Prior to MU, I served as the editor of Renew, a startup lifestyle magazine for the addiction recovery community. I had my hand in every phase of the publication process, from developing the brand of the magazine and the website to supervising the internship program to providing customer service in conjunction with our fulfillment house, while also maintaining my editorial roles as writer, copy editor and proofreader.

Computer Skills

Analytics, Basecamp, Desktop publishing, Email, iOS, iPhone, Mac, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Windows, Word Processing, WordPress


"As the founding editorial director for Renew, I had the good fortune to get to know Kelsey as an assistant editor, and eventually, as my editor. I had to manage Kelsey from another location, so I needed someone I could count on to work independently and proactively. Kelsey is wise beyond her years and performs every task with a high level of professionalism and integrity. She's forward-thinking, detail-oriented and extremely conscientious. If I ever have the opportunity to hire her again, I will do so without blinking an eye. A true "find!" — Kelly O'Rourke Johns, director of marketing and communications at Minnesota Masonic Charities // "Kelsey has helped me on a contract basis, and she has been fantastic. She is able to understand a concept quickly and then either create or edit content very effectively. As important, she is able to deliver material on tight turns without compromising quality one bit. I am delighted to have found her and look forward to an ongoing working relationship." — Kristin Burke,



Great food combinations for cancer fighters
Mizzou alumna Winnie Fritz has always gone where there was no path and left a trail.
MU researchers use tree rings to look back in time.
Mizzou Alternative Breaks changes the lives of students and those they serve.
Typically, deja vu is the feeling that what's happening has already been seen. It hasn't occurred before; it just feels like it has. But for Josh McCown, history is repeating itself.
Sally McNeill's dreams have come true. Her son, Mike -- who grew up playing football with his six best friends in her backyard, set records at Kirkwood (Mo.) High School and went on to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers -- has come home to St. Louis.
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