Wes Eichenwald

NW Austin, TX
Website: https://theoddinterview.wordpress.com

Professional Experience

I'm an experienced freelance writer and editor, specializing in arts and lifestyle features, travel pieces, political coverage, and corporate communications. I've contributed to major newspapers (LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Austin American-Statesman), national magazines (Spin, Air & Space, Historic Traveler), and top travel websites like Fodors.com. Profiles and interviews of notable folk are a specialty (I've spoken with many household-name-level celebrities; some of these pieces are among my work samples). I'm also an experienced researcher, copy editor, and proofreader. My current home in Austin follows previous lives in New York, Boston, and Ljubljana, Slovenia. While in Ljubljana, I originated the first blog, to my knowledge, created in Slovenia by a non-native of that country. I've been actively blogging ever since. I welcome meaningful opportunities which would allow me to showcase my proven abilities, wealth of knowledge, and unique style as a communicator and content provider.


30 Years
Copy Editor
8 Years
30 Years


15 Years
25 Years
20 Years


Newspaper - Local/Regional
15 Years
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
12 Years
Pr/marketing - all
12 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

30 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Austin American-Statesman (10+), Fodors Travel Guides (1-2), Chicago Tribune (1-2), Los Angeles Times (1-2), Spin Magazine (6-10), Boston Phoenix (10+), Village Voice (1-2), The Meeting Professional (MPI) (6-10), Austin Monthly (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

MAXIMUS, Inc. (1-2), Pearson (3-5), Affinity Properties (1-2)

Other Work History

Co-founder and partner, Wordbucket Marketing Communications, 2003 - present.

Foreign Language Skills

Intermediate Slovene; basic Croatian, German, Italian and French.

Computer Skills

Mac, PC and Internet literate. Basic HTML. Familiar with Wordpress, Blogger platforms, the usual smartphone apps.


Laptop, iPad, camera

Work Permits & Visas

I'm a US citizen with a passport.


See my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/wes-eichenwald-489a711/


First place, Division 1, Arts & Entertainment Feature, Society for Features Journalism, 2019 Excellence-in-Features Awards. Honorable Mention, Cultural Tourism category, 2019 Lowell Thomas Awards, Society of American Travel Writers.



Summary/think piece describing my attending various performances during the 2017 Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas.
Interview and profile of veteran musician Brian Wilson, touching on his life and legacy with and after the Beach Boys.
Interview with musician Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.
Interview with a mother-daughter team about their work in progress, the first German-Jewish cookbook to be published in decades (it was published in 2017).
Interview with legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear.
Interview with TV comedy legend Carol Burnett.
Interview with comedian and actor Billy Crystal.
Interview with actor and singer Mandy Patinkin.
Interview/profile of prolific 21-year-old cartoonist Tillie Walden.
Interview/profile of legendary composer/musician Burt Bacharach (link is to a revised and expanded version of the original newspaper article, posted on my personal blog)
Travel article about Dubrovnik, Croatia, and the surrounding area.
Interview with musician Melissa Etheridge.
Piece about the Central European nation of Slovenia, where I was living during the late '90s. The article was later picked up by the Weekly Wire website.
Interview with astrophysicist/educator Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Article for Music section on the influential German band Kraftwerk, including an interview with co-founder and leader Ralf Hütter.
Review of Roger McGuinn concert in Austin, published on the Statesman's music blog.
Preview of upcoming production at Austin Opera, including interview with projection designer Wendall Harrington.
Interview with bartender and creative mixologist Mindy Kucan, including three of her drink recipes.
Feature article examining the complex history of the Celis Brewery in Austin, Texas, including an exclusive interview with the owner.
A close-up look at the world of New York cabarets and piano bars, and the performers who work there. This article won First Place, Division 1, Arts & Entertainment Feature, in the Society for Features Journalism's 2019 Excellence-in-Features Awards, and an honorable mention in the Cultural Tourism category in the 2019 Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers.
Travel article about Cleveland, Ohio.