Leah Shepherd

Columbia, MD, MD USA
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Professional Experience

Communicating complex information well is what I do best. I specialize in covering health care, human resources, personal finances, and employee benefits. 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, 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.

Expertise

Editor
10 Years
Reporter
15 Years
Writer
15 Years

Specialty

Finance
11 Years
Business (general)
11 Years
Health
11 Years

Industries


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

Total Media Industry Experience

15 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

AGD Impact magazine (2), USA Today Best Years (1), Employee Benefit Adviser (4), Employee Benefit News (4), InsuranceQuotes.com (3)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Wrike (4), AARP (3), Ledermark (2)

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

voice recordings, podcast editing, page layout on InDesign and Quark

Foreign Language Skills

French

Unions

none

Computer Skills

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

Equipment

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

Work Permits & Visas

U.S. citizen

References

available upon request

Awards

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.

Associations

MediaBistro and Editorial Freelancers Association.

Work Samples

General