Leah Shepherd

Columbia, MD, MD USA
Website: leahshepherd.weebly.com

Professional Experience

Communicating complex information well is what I do best. I specialize in covering employee benefits, human resources, health care, long-term care, and personal finances. I have written extensively about trends, legislation and regulations on those topics. I take pride in reliably meeting deadlines and consistently crafting quality pieces. I'm also a RYT200 yoga instructor, trained in vinyasa, ashtanga and yin yoga. Personal experience gives me far-reaching knowledge of gymnastics, yoga, meditation, adoption, ballroom dancing, and dogs. A versatile player, I can successfully deliver for daily newspapers, monthly magazines, electronic newsletters, frequently updated Web sites, white papers and corporate communications projects.


10 Years
19 Years
19 Years


14 Years
Business (general)
14 Years
14 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
11 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
5 Years
Newsletter - Trade
11 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

19 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

AGD Impact magazine (3-5), USA Today Best Years (1-2), Employee Benefit Adviser (10+), Employee Benefit News (10+), InsuranceQuotes.com (6-10), Howard County Times (1-2), SHRM Online (3-5), Modern Distribution Management (6-10)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Wrike (10+), AARP (6-10), Ledermark (3-5)

Other Work History

I co-authored a book called "The Three Rs of Employee Benefits: Recruiting, Retention and Rewards." I have worked for Employee Benefit News, the Gazette (Montgomery County, Md.), Capital News Service, the Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) and the Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.) In addition, I have experience in editing and proofreading nonfiction books and corporate communications.

Technical Skills

editing, note-taking and transcription, proofreading, voice recordings, page layout on InDesign and Quark



Computer Skills

Quark, InDesign, WavePad, Pagemaker, HTML coding, Word, Outlook


laptop, digital camera, digital voice recorder, scanner, high-speed Internet, photo printer

Work Permits & Visas

U.S. citizen


available upon request


My coverage of a train wreck was part of a package that won the Gazette a first place award for breaking news from the Suburban Newspapers of America in 2002. It also was part of a package that won the Gazette a second-place award for spot news from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association.


MediaBistro and Editorial Freelancers Association.

Work Samples


A news article about the increase in adoptions and changes in the adoption landscape in recent years, including some first-person narrative