Award-winning journalist in Chicago. I'm known for breaking news, travel and business stories and in-depth features, but throw any subject at me and I'll make it accurate, interesting and relevant. I've written for TIME, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Travel + Leisure, The Atlantic, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report, Plate magazine and 30+ outlets. I'm a former St. Petersburg Times and Dallas Morning News staff writer. I've covered the trial of Rod Blagojevich, gone dog-sledding in Alaska, written about online education, how to invest in the Internet of Things, and interviewed the likes of Maya Angelou and Justin Bieber. I've also managed stables of internal and external writers, served as the managing editor of two national monthly B2B magazines during a redesign, and served as president of the largest nonprofit journalism board in Chicago. See full portfolio: dawnreiss.com
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
Newspaper - National
Total Media Industry Experience
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
University of Chicago Alumni magazine (1-2), The Atlantic (3-5), St. Louis magazine (1-2), Sail-World.com (1-2), Orange magazine (1-2), American Way (1-2), AOL.com (1-2), Life & Style magazine (1-2), Metromix.com (1-2), MSN.com (1-2), Newsweek.com (1-2), Milwaukee magazine (1-2), American Builders Quarterly (1-2), Chicago Reader (1-2), BD+H (1-2), Chicago Home + Garden (1-2), CNN.com (1-2), Triathlete magazine (1-2), Chicago Sun-Times (10+), Journal of Property Management (1-2), Indiana University Alumni Magazine (6-10), Nursing Outlook, American Academy of Nursing (3-5), Reuters (3-5), Saturday Evening Post (3-5), Teen Sensations (3-5), HD Living (3-5), Food Fanatics (1-2), Crain\'s Chicago Business (1-2), Cincinnati Magazine (1-2), Chicago Tribune (10+), American Express OPEN Small Business (10+), Chicago Magazine (10+), Michigan Avenue magazine (10+), MondoExplorer.com (10+), TIME and Time.com (10+), True/Slant.com (10+), U.S. News & World Report (10+), USA Today (10+), HowStuffWorks.com (6-10), District Administration magazine (6-10), Chicago Parent magazine (3-5), AAA Living magazine (3-5), Chicago Architect magazine (1-2), Restaurant Business magazine (10+), FoodService Director magazine (10+), Connect magazine (10+), Connect Sports magazine (10+)
Other Work History
- Managing Editor, Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines
- Editor/Content Producer, Imagination Publishing
- Staff Writer, St. Petersburg Times(recruited and managed 10-15 freelancers)
- Associate Editor, DFW Sports Weekly
- Staff Writer, Dallas Morning News
- Book Author, Publications International (Co-wrote book, Armchair Reader: Chicago about quirky, off-beat things in the Windy City.
AP and AMA style guides; Mac, PC, InCopy and Microsoft Office skills; Avid, Flip Video editing, SEO, Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, blogging, audio recording and editing including podcasts scripts, photographer and iPhone apps
Foreign Language Skills
CMS including: Wordpress, Drupal; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc..); Adobe Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign;
Samson X4N Zoom Handy Recorder (radio quality recording), Laptop, Flip camera, iPhone, digital camera: (high-quality Cannon), Olympus digital recorder (with USB port to quickly upload files)
Work Permits & Visas
Have passport, will travel
Available on request. Please see LinkedIn profile.
Finalist; Society of Professional Peter Lisagor Award for Best In-Depth Reporting and Best Investigative Reporting 2011, Time Out Chicago magazine.
Winner; Society of Professional Peter Lisagor Award winner for Best Breaking News Story 2010, Time.com
Won first place in Florida Society of Professional Journalisms 2006 Awards of Excellence competition in 100,000+ circulation light feature category.
Part of St. Petersburg Times staff that earned Associate Press Sports Editors 2004 Top 10 Best Sports Section for over 250,000 circulation.
Contributed to the Fort Worth Star-Telegrams Associate Press Sports Editors 2000 Top 10 Best Sports Section for over 250,000 circulation with a sports section in-depth take-out story about cancer-surviving cyclist.
1998 Thomas Keating Feature Writing Competition Finalist for Indianapolis Press Club.
President and two-term board member, Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists Chapter in the Country. Directed and supervised non-profit board of 24 journalists and a club of more than 400 members and $134,000 in reserve. Championed Freedom of Information issues, managed professional programming, student scholarships, wrote and assisted with Watchdog grant application. During presidency, the Headline Club earned National Outstand Large Professional Chapter Award (2008-09) out of 75+ chapters. Orchestrated Chicagos largest media awards banquet, the Peter Lisagor Awards, with more than 280+ attendees and included a multimedia experience with a PowerPoint presentation, video, photos and Twitter updates. Also co-founder of SPJs National Freelance Committee.
Member, ASJA (2008 inductee), Association for Women Journalists and Chicago Women in Publishing.