Kara Watkins

Los Angeles, CA USA
Website: http://

Professional Experience

Give me an assignment; I'll deliver. A well-rounded, experienced freelancer, I offer a full package of editorial services, ranging from producing, writing and editing print/online content to social media management and desktop publishing. I approach each project -- whether it be a direct mail fund-raising package, marketing collateral, a breezy lifestyle/arts/culture/travel article, or an insightful personality profile -- with expertise, enthusiasm, and attention to detail. I'm based in the metro Los Angeles area.


20 Years
20 Years
Social Media
10 Years


Arts & Humanities
20 Years
20 Years
Other, Specify
9 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
15 Years
Academia Administration
16 Years
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

20 Years

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

PepsiCo (10+), The World Bank/Water Global Practice (10+), Big Hearts for Little Hearts Children\'s Hosp Guild (3-5)

Other Work History

Senior Public Relations Manager for a global international development agency based in the Washington DC metro area. Publications Manager for a school of medicine alumni association.

Technical Skills

Desktop publishing (Adobe Creative Suite CC); photo editing (PhotoShop); video editing (iMovie); Web production/design (Drupal, HTML, CSS)

Foreign Language Skills

Italian (proficient); Spanish (conversational, reading)

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office, OS 10+, Windows, CSS, HTML, Social Media (Twitter: manage daily tweets/campaigns for @WorldBankWater; Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn)


Mac laptop fully loaded with word-processing, desktop publishing, and photo-editing programs; digital camera; voice recorder


Gladly provided upon request.

Work Samples

Writing Samples

(Latitudes/American Eagle Inflight Magazine (HCP/Aboard Publishing) 11/1/2011)
[URL and/or PDF coming soon] Arts & culture article introducing American Eagle airlines passengers/Latitudes readers to Washington DC's burgeoning Atlas District.
(Woman magazine (SB News-Press) 11/6/2005)
1700-word cover story profiling Catherine Cole, Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara drama professor, cancer survivor, and amputee.
(Columbia Union VISITOR 12/1/2008)
Feature profile of young man's journey from angry, rebellious teen on the run from law to committed Christian pastor.
(Coastal Woman 6/1/2004)
Feature profile of Santa Barbara artist and Westmont College professor Susan Savage.
(Columbia Union VISITOR 8/1/2009)
Feature profile of musical prodigy, composer, and orchestra conductor Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse.
(Woman magazine (SB News-Press) 8/28/2005)
Fun, informational article highlighting skincare options available in the Santa Barbara area.
(Coastal Woman 11/1/2005)
Feature profiling Santa Barbara landscape painter and issue cover girl Nicole Strasburg. One of three artist profiles written for the Winter 2005 "Women in the Arts" issue of Coastal Woman.


(Fielding Graduate University 1/9/2006)
Winter 2006 issue of Fielding Focus, the news and events magazine of Fielding Graduate University. As editor, I managed production, and wrote and edited content. See my cover story on disaster psychologist Gil Reyes, Ph.D., who discusses the mental health issues surrounding disaster survivors.
(Fielding Graduate University 6/30/2006)
Summer 2006 issue of Fielding Focus, the news and events magazine of Fielding Graduate University. As editor, I managed production, and wrote and edited content. See my interview with cover subject Yvette Burton, Ph.D.