Karen Werner

Phoenix, AZ USA
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Professional Experience

From Watsu to weaning, Le Corbusier to Le Cordon Bleu, public journalism to public radio, my beat is broad. I specialize in design and architecture; health and spa coverage; parenting and child development; food and travel; and all things under the rubric of public journalism. A prolific writer and editor, I have published more than 100 articles in national and local magazines, co-written a play, edited books, and created an innovative magazine about public radio for KJZZ and KBAQ, the NPR affiliates in Phoenix, Arizona. I currently teach magazine writing at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU and manage digital communication and social media for the Musical Instrument Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate museum in Phoenix. Whether you're looking for a full-length feature, pithy Web copy or an entire book, I'm available for all your editorial needs.

Expertise

Editor
18 Years
Writer
18 Years
Social Media
4 Years

Specialty

Arts & Humanities
8 Years
Home & Garden
12 Years
Lifestyle
14 Years

Industries


Academia Teaching
4 Years
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
15 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
13 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

18 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Self Magazine (1-2), Mental Floss magazine (1-2), Healing Lifestyles and Spas (6-10), Arizona Highways (3-5), Parents Magazine (1-2), Saturday Evening Post (1-2), Go magazine (10+), Design & Architecture (10+), Public Radio Wave quarterly (10+), Successful Living (1-2), LINKS magazine (1-2), Wavelength magazine (10+), LUXE magazine (1-2), Great American Kitchens (1-2), ReZoom.com (1-2), Sunset magazine (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Modern Industries (1-2), Musical Instrument Museum (10+), Sally Cooper & Company Public Relations (10+), Arizona Office of Tourism (3-5), BrandWithin (1-2), City of Glendale, Arizona (1-2), Friends of Public Radio Arizona (10+)

Other Work History

Adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Communications consultant at the Musical Instrument Museum Creator and editor in chief of Wavelength, a magazine by, for and about the fans of public radio Managing editor of Design & Architecture (Arizona), founding editor of Design & Architecture (Chicago) Executive editor of Arizona Foothills Magazine Executive editor of Custom Homes Founding editor of the in-house publication for The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa Editorial assistant/fact-checker at Parents Magazine Intern at The New Yorker Research coordinator, Project on Public Life and the Press BOOK PUBLISHING Editor and co-author of "Musical Instrument Museum: Highlights of the Collection" Editor and co-author of the history book, "Glendale: Our Past, Our Progress, Our People" Editor of "The Creative Community: Designing for Life" by architect and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Vernon Swaback

Technical Skills

Copy editing, social media

Computer Skills

OpenOffice, Acrobat, Skype, Office, etc.

Equipment

Laptop and desktop computers, digital audio recorder, digital cameras, digital videocamera, transcriber, scanner, Web conferencing gear

References

Numerous, available on request

Awards

Silver medal, Worldfest international Film Festival for a documentary about cabbies; 2006 APEX Award of Excellence for Wavelength magazine

Work Samples

General

(Design & Architecture 11/1/2003)
The art of Ed Mell
(Arizona Highways / Arizona Office of Tourism 9/1/2006)
Northern Arizona adventures, one of four regional editions
(Successful Living 1/1/2008)
The value of making a life list
(Arizona Foothills 4/1/2001)
Mii amo destination spa at Sedona's Enchantment Resort
(Arizona Highways / Arizona Office of Tourism 9/1/2006)
Southern Arizona adventures, one of four regional editions
(KJZZ / KBAQ 9/2/2006)
Editor's letter from Wavelength, the magazine for and about the community of public radio
(KJZZ / KBAQ 10/1/2005)
How public radio impacts listeners' lives
(Arizona Foothills 1/1/2003)
Travel story about the Big Island of Hawaii
(Design & Architecture 9/1/2003)
Profile of internationally renowned architect Bing Hu
(Healing Lifestyles & Spas 7/1/2004)
Alternative pregnancy and labor methods
(Arizona Foothills 9/1/2002)
Desert dwelling of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice and architect Vernon Swaback
(ReZoom.com 11/1/2006)
7 picks for shopping in and around Phoenix
(Parents 3/1/2006)
Transitioning toddlers from bottle to cup
(Healing Lifestyles & Spas 1/1/2009)
Interview with and recipes from Sedona's premier destination-spa chefs
(Scottsdale Food 10/1/2006)
Gluten-free pizza at Picazzo's
(Arizona Bride 10/7/2007)
Article about the art of letterpress
(Sunset 4/1/2010)
Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, Musical Instrument Museum and Arizona Food Tours
(KJZZ / KBAQ 1/20/2010)
Winter 2010 issue of the Phoenix-area public-radio member magazine
(KBAQ / KJZZ 5/15/2010)
Summer 2010 issue of the Phoenix-area public-radio member magazine
(Wavelength 1/20/2010)
Article on the new Musical Instrument Museum opening in Phoenix in April 2010
(Healing Lifestyles & Spas 9/1/2007)
History and value of mud and clay treatments
(Healing Lifestyles & Spas 6/1/2008)
How to start hiking
(The Saturday Evening Post 1/15/2009)
The value of life lists, as reprinted in The Saturday Evening Post
(mental_floss 3/1/2010)
The secret life of the White House
(KJZZ / KBAQ 9/21/2009)
Fall 2009 issue of the member magazine for Phoenix NPR-affiliate radio stations KJZZ & KBAQ
(KJZZ / KBAQ 5/15/2009)
Summer 2009 issue of the member magazine for Phoenix NPR-affiliate radio stations KJZZ & KBAQ
(Go 6/1/2009)
"Crew Cuts" profile of AirTran Airways flight attendant
(KJZZ / KBAQ 9/15/2008)
Fall 2008 issue of the member magazine for Phoenix NPR-affiliate radio stations KJZZ & KBAQ
(Wavelength 5/15/2010)
Profile of Robert Eaton, director of Phoenix's Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery
(KJZZ / KBAQ 9/15/2010)
Issue of the Phoenix-area public-radio member magazine
(KJZZ / KBAQ 12/1/2006)
Member newsletter for the Phoenix metropolitan area's NPR affiliates
(MindfulMama 6/24/2009)
Wallet- and earth-friendly family trips
(The Living Kitchen 2/1/2009)
Interview with Canadian kitchen designer Brock Davies
(KJZZ / KBAQ 2/2/2009)
Winter 2009 issue of the member magazine for Phoenix NPR-affiliate radio stations KJZZ & KBAQ
(Arizona Highways / Arizona Office of Tourism 9/1/2006)
North central Arizona adventures, one of four regional editions
(Go 2/1/2009)
My monthly Phoenix destination guide for AirTran Airways in-flight magazine
(Arizona Highways / Arizona Office of Tourism 9/1/2006)
Arizona "west coast" adventures, one of four regional editions