LAURA PUTRE

16710 Clifton Blvd. #1 • Lakewood, OH 44107 • (312) 505-0201 • putre2@yahoo.com • http://www.lauraputre.com

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Freelance Writer (Chicago, IL and Cleveland, OH) | 2003—Present

-        Write news and features for regional and national magazines, trade publications, and newspapers. Specialties include arts, culture, healthcare, long-form narrative, and travel.

-        Feature stories published in O, the Oprah Magazine; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Reader; The Root.com; Hemispheres (United Airlines); Latitudes (American Eagle Airlines); The Advocate; Cleveland Magazine; and Indianapolis Monthly.

-        Wrote the Cleveland sections for the Forbes Travel Guide: 2011 and Zagat: America’s Top Restaurants: 2011.

-        Healthcare clients include Cleveland Clinic Magazine and the American Hospital Association. Write a monthly feature called “Extra Mile” for the AHA’s Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.

-        Higher-education clients include University of Chicago Magazine; Lablife (University of Chicago Laboratory School); Think! The Magazine of Case Western Reserve University; John Carroll Magazine; and Fordham Magazine.

-        Edit seven monthly alumni-e newsletters for Case Western Reserve University.

 

Writer/Research Assistant, Write Stuff Enterprises (Chicago, IL and Cleveland, OH) | 2008-2010

-        Conducted archival research and ghost-wrote two corporate history books, on Brink’s Inc. and the Eaton Corp.

 

Editor, Chicago Journal (Chicago, IL) | Editor | 2003—2007

-        Managed editorial for two downtown Chicago weekly newspapers with a combined circulation of 26,000.

-        Assigned and edited stories; reported and wrote feature-length articles on city politics, downtown development, and neighborhood controversy and characters; recruited and supervised a pool of 20 freelancers and interns.

-        Oversaw long-term and day-to-day operations; led the paper to a first place General Excellence Award from the Illinois Press Association in 2004.

 

Staff Writer, Scene (Cleveland, OH) | Editor | 1999—2003

-        Wrote a weekly reported features column for this New Times Inc. alternative weekly (circulation: 100,000), on everything from a showstopping drum line at an inner-city high school to a beautician who moonlighted as a gossip columnist for a Slovenian newspaper.

-        Generated several 3,500+ word cover stories each year, on subjects ranging from a religious cult in a local suburb to an in-depth profile on a controversial Cleveland councilwoman.

 

Entertainment Calendar Editor, Scene | Editor | 1998—1999

-        Managed, edited and wrote most of the feature articles for a weekly calendar spread.

-        Promoted after only 13 months to staff writer position.

 

Associate Editor, Free Times (Cleveland, OH)

-        Wrote weekly news and feature articles and cover stories for this alternative weekly (circulation: 60,000).

-        Edited articles from a team of 15 freelancers; assigned arts stories.

 

Copy Editor, Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS)

-        Worked part time in the lifestyles section of this major daily newspaper (circulation: 100,000) while attending graduate school full time.

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Copy Editor, , Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

-        Edited copy from the evening news desk at this medium-size daily newspaper (circulation: 50,000).

 

AWARDS

 

Chicago Headline Club | Finalist, Business | 2005, “Gangster Racket,” Chicago Journal

Chicago Headline Club | Finalist, Features | 2004, “The Never-Ending Story of the Mattress People,” Chicago Journal

Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards | Finalist, Minority Reporting | 2003, “Hell to Pay,” Cleveland Scene

National Association of Black Journalists | First Place, Feature Writing | 2003, “Hell to Pay,” Cleveland Scene

Ohio Society of Professional Journalists | First Place, Minority Issues | 2002, “Hanging with Mother Hough,” Cleveland Scene

Ohio Society of Professional Journalists | First Place, Personality Profile | 2002, “Trail of Broken Dreams,” Cleveland Scene

Press Club of Cleveland | First Place, Features | 2002, “Hanging with Mother Hough,” Cleveland Scene

National Society of Newspaper Columnists | Third Place, General Interest Column | 2001, collection of columns, Cleveland Scene

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Wichita State University (Wichita, KS) | MFA in Creative Writing

 

Kent State University (Kent, OH) | BS in Newspaper Journalism

 

 

SKILLS

 

Technical: Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Dreamweaver. Training in Computer-Assisted Reporting at the Investigative Reporters and Editors Boot Camp.

 

Style Manuals: Associated Press and Chicago.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

Writer, Epiphany Church, (Chicago, IL) 2006-2008. Interviewed parishioners for stories for the church’s website.

 

Volunteer, Rock for Kids (Chicago, IL), 2003-2005. Worked as an usher for their annual charity auction.

 

Volunteer, Friends of Near West Theatre (Cleveland, OH), 2001-2003. Helped plan fundraising events.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

Board Member, Chicago Headline Club, (Society of Professional Journalists), 2006-2009. Helped plan events; managed membership database; recruited new members through special events and phone and email outreach.