Bio

I'm a writer and editor living near Chicago. Prior to starting my freelance career, I worked as a daily newspaper reporter for the Rockford Register Star, a medium-sized Gannett daily; as associate editor and writer for Rockford Magazine, also owned by Gannett; and as a television news producer/assistant assignment editor for WTVO-TV, an NBC affiliate. I've also worked as the online editor for GetEducated.com for two years (I am currently a contributing editor for the site, which helps consumers learn about distance education).

As a freelancer, I have written for newspapers, magazines, and websites, including AARP, USNews.com, Discover, Healthgrades.com, Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, the Intuit Small Business Blog, CNN.com, the American Psychological Association (APA.org), MSN.com, ATT.net, Neurology Now, Lifescript.com, Learning Solutions, T.H.E. Journal, Smart Computing, Workforce.com, Insureme.com, and many others. I've written numerous education and technology articles for the National Council of Teachers of English's member magazine, The Council Chronicle, and have produced white papers, special reports, brochures, issue briefs and other materials for the Center for Digital Education and Center for Digital Government. 

I’ve also done copywriting, such as advertorials, newsletter content, and sponsored web content, for marketing agencies and custom publishers, representing national brands in online education and retail markets. I’ve worked for nonprofits, trade associations and B2B organizations as well.

As a member of the Public Access Journalism team, I wrote a childhood obesity package for Knight-Ridder Tribune, which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and picked up by many national newspapers and websites, ranging from the Miami Herald to the Philadelphia Inquirer to the San Jose Mercury News. An article I wrote about adoption for the Chicago Tribune was picked up for reprint in the Contemporary Issues Companion series called Adoption, published by Thomson Gale in 2006.

Please see the Samples section of this website for samples of my writing.

In addition, I've written a book called Tilli's Story: My Thoughts Are Free, about the life of Tilli Schulze, who grew up in a small East German farming village during World War II and the subsequent Soviet occupation. The book was selected by iUniverse for its exclusive Star imprint in 2005 and won an honorable mention in the memoir category from the Independent Publishers Association. The book has been optioned for film by producer Kathryn Lekan and a screenplay has been completed. The book is represented by The Bent Agency in New York (Susan Hawk and Victoria Lowes).

To download my full resume in Word format, click here.

I look forward to hearing from you!


© Lorna Collier 2014