Patricia Lynn Henley
Highly organized and detail-oriented writer and editor, capable of tackling a wide range of topics, on tight deadlines. Experienced with AP and other style guidelines; fluent with Microsoft Office Pro (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access); familiar with Photoshop, content management systems and basic HTML. Comfortable with PC and MAC.
Master’s degree in communications, emphasis in journalism, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, California State University, Sacramento, CA, summa cum laude
Associate degree in commercial art, Mission Community College, Santa Clara, CA, with honors
Freelance Writer, Editor, Proofreader, April 2014 to present, for diverse clients.
Senior Staff Writer, May 2009 to November 2013 for CostHelper.com, a private start-up founded in 2006, providing consumer-related information on thousands of goods and services; at its peak the site earned more than a million hits a month.Took a lead role in writing, editing, proofreading and publishing as the site’s library grew from a few hundred to thousands of topics. Prepared content for publishing using the company’s internal content management system.
- Took a lead role in writing, editing, proofreading and publishing as the site’s library grew from a few hundred to thousands of topics. Prepared content for publishing with the company’s internal content management system.
- Summarized complex information in easy-to-read articles and daily blog posts on a variety of consumer-related issues. Developed expertise in home improvement, health, travel, personal finance, small business and other subjects.
- Created and maintained spreadsheets to organize and track writers’ assignments, potential topics and the company’s publishing schedule. Streamlined and documented the company’s policies and procedures as they developed.
Freelance Writer, Editor, Proofreader, April 2005 to November 2009 for a variety of customers. Projects included online content (both editorial and marketing), newspaper stories and magazine articles, plus ghost-writing two family-memoir manuscripts (about 300 pages each).
Reporter, part time, November 2005 to December 2007 at the North Bay Bohemian, an alternative newsweekly in Northern California (circulation 29,000). Assignments ranged from detailed and concise news briefs of 100 to 400 words, to 3,000- to 4,000-word features.
Co-Author, “The Sugar’s at the Bottom of the Cup” an engaging first-person memoir of an Italian-American woman; the first chapter is at www.SugarAtTheBottom.com. Developed strong presentation skills at book talks and signings.
News Editor/Reporter, June 1995 to April 2005 at The Sonoma Index-Tribune, a twice-weekly community newspaper (circulation 8,000). Produced a high volume of features and hard news stories on tight deadlines; assigned stories and reviewed work by staff and freelance reporters; and did page layout and design as needed.
Staff Resource Center Assistant, September 1992 to June 1994, at Sacramento City College. Coordinated the center’s programs and events, and created and distributed all print materials, including a monthly newsletter.
California Newspaper Publishers Association: first place 2004 and 1998, Best Lifestyle Coverage; first place 1997, Best Environmental Reporting; and a lead member of editorial teams that won first place for General Excellence in 1999 and 1996
Reader’s Digest Excellence in Journalism Award at Stanford University, February 1995