Wes Eichenwald

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

Professional Experience

I'm an experienced freelance writer and editor, specializing in arts and lifestyle features, travel pieces, 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.

Expertise

Reporter
30 Years
Copy Editor
8 Years
Writer
30 Years

Specialty

Food
15 Years
Entertainment
25 Years
Travel
20 Years

Industries


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+), Austin Way (Modern Luxury) (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), Boston Business Journal (1-2)

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.

Equipment

Laptop, iPad, camera

Work Permits & Visas

I'm a US citizen with a passport.

References

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

Work Samples

General

(Austin American-Statesman 4/25/2017)
Summary/think piece describing my attending various performances during the 2017 Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas.
(Austin American-Statesman 6/17/2015)
Interview and profile of veteran musician Brian Wilson, touching on his life and legacy with and after the Beach Boys.
(Austin American-Statesman 11/15/2014)
Interview with musician Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.
(The Jewish Advocate 9/4/2015)
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).
(Austin Way 10/27/2015)
Interview with legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear.
(Austin American-Statesman 4/14/2012)
Interview with TV comedy legend Carol Burnett.
(Austin American-Statesman 11/2/2017)
Interview with comedian and actor Billy Crystal.
(Austin American-Statesman 11/2/2017)
Interview with actor and singer Mandy Patinkin.
(Austin American-Statesman 9/11/2017)
Interview/profile of prolific 21-year-old cartoonist Tillie Walden.
(Austin American-Statesman 11/21/2014)
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)
(Chicago Tribune 2/7/1999)
Travel article about Dubrovnik, Croatia, and the surrounding area.
(Austin American-Statesman 6/22/2017)
Interview with musician Melissa Etheridge.
(Boston Phoenix 7/19/1999)
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.
(Austin American-Statesman 12/14/2013)
Interview with astrophysicist/educator Neil deGrasse Tyson.
(Austin American-Statesman 9/24/2015)
Article for Music section on the influential German band Kraftwerk, including an interview with co-founder and leader Ralf Hütter.
(Austin American-Statesman/austin360.com 9/25/2017)
Review of Roger McGuinn concert in Austin, published on the Statesman's music blog.
(Austin Way 10/27/2014)
Preview of upcoming production at Austin Opera, including interview with projection designer Wendall Harrington.
(Austin American-Statesman/austin360.com 4/27/2010)
Interview with bartender and creative mixologist Mindy Kucan, including three of her drink recipes.