Photograph by Stuart Isett. ©2017 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.
As Nora Ephron said, “Everything is copy.” But it better be good copy.
As a storyteller and journalist I have covered everything from global health to philanthropy, small-town city councils to big-city murder trials, technology to time outs, forest fires to county fairs, politics to pizza, development to growth to immigration to “women’s issues” to mountain goats, bridge construction to lesbian golf and everything in between. I have reported and written stories in Seattle, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and too many suburbs. I have written film and theater reviews, personal essays, magazine stories and blogs. Over my career I have developed a method of interacting with people and stakeholders that builds trust first and foremost, in order to help them feel comfortable telling intimate, authentic stories that create impact.
As a content strategist and editor, I have helped media companies, brands, and organizations of all sizes build communications and storytelling programs. I have managed editorial teams, built style guides and communications plans, developed brands and perfected brand voice, and mentored dozens of writers and creatives. I have taught journalism, creative nonfiction, and publishing classes to professionals and community students around the country. I speak at conferences and on panels, and I regularly present my own writing in performances and readings in Seattle and beyond.
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LinkedIn also has some of the content I have written, as well as content I have directed, include monthly issues of ParentMap, the Pacific Northwest’s leading family magazine, and corporate communications and brand campaigns at Microsoft.
A small sample of past stories by topic is below.
Corporate Communications & Employer Branding
Multimedia #Pride campaign
Strategic story about
innovative treehouse offices that spurred more than 100 instances of earned media coverage around the globe
A peek behind the curtain of the
largest employee giving program in the world
‘I’ll do it’: how a former spacecraft engineer said ‘yes’ and launched great things
Don’t let the dogs, or the people who rely on them, down
Hack-a-Tatt: smart tattoos put technology right on your skin
Punt, pass, code: NFL alums and Microsoft employees team up on a sports-and-tech camp
Anthem and campaign videos
The workspace of the future
A delight story about cat-obsessed Microsofties blending their work and pet passions into the purrfect mix.
Widening the spectrum: job candidates on the autism spectrum are empowered to let their talents shine
Workplace Issues & Advice:
How to ‘come out’ as an LGBTQ+ ally at work
Leaders lead, and you can, too
Seven ways to make your internship a success, even after it’s over
The mother of reinvention: Returning to work after a parenting break
Telling the truth about “having it all”
Social media bootcamp: Help for your digital self
Get out of that cow-print robe: Top 10 tips for working well from home
Five reasons to commit to an unplugged vacation
Bridge of bitter flames might not be the best exit strategy
Summer work attire: flip-flops, tube tops and Speedos, oh my
Personal brand plus consulting: a recipe for flex success
No free soda, sauna or shuttle, but what perks are you missing?
Should you venture into business with your valentine?
Cultural & Culture:
A White Mother Reviews ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Seattle Rep
A Parent’s Review: Seattle’s New Holocaust Center for Humanity
Religion vs. Spirituality: Which One Will Help Your Child Be Successful?
How playwright Emily Conbere makes it work
This theater is throwing you a life ring
Saying goodbye to Stowell & Sendak’s ‘Nutcracker’
Far-flung films: Start a foreign movie habit with your kids
An interview with Seattle playwright and mother Emily Conbere
An interview with Seattle filmmaker Vlada Knowlton
Date night: ‘Bethany’
Theater Review: Fiddler on the Roof
Theater Review: Danny, King of the Basement
Theater Review: The Wizard of Oz
What ‘The Hunger Games’ can teach us about work
Theater Review: Seattle Children’s Theatre’s “The Cat in the Hat”
3-D printers: a maker family essential?
Drones without loans: Save money on the three hottest tech items this year
We need to get real about screens and kids
Someone you should know: Katie Headrick Taylor
Mom Has Homework, too?
Middle Magic: Why Middle School Is Cooler Than You Think
Weight worries and body-image secrets
Baby’s block: Mothering your muse and feeding your creativity after childbirth
Are we morally failing our kids?
The truth behind elementary school lockdowns
Better together: What happens when Grandma lives at home, Grandpa is ‘Dad’ and multiple generations parent everyone
Charter Schools in 200 Words
Must-reads from the parenting trenches
Education buzzwords and the new science of learning
Moms are taking back the holidays by taking on consumerism
Making milk on the clock? Know your rights
Digital privacy: Who is watching and tracking your kids?
Public pornography: Libraries under fire from parents
Character, grit, and why some kids succeed while others fail
Dear daughter: This dress code violates you
I didn’t have sex for a year and I’m still married
In place of a third child, a puppy
Back-to-school shopping: Step away from the glue gun, lady
My daughter almost drowned
No child left at home (not these kids anyway)
Do you have one of those kids?
Equal pay for equal work? Not yet
For Mothers Day, honor mothers by changing the workplace
Back-to-school shopping, Canuck style
Keep your binders and your flirting and give me equality
Crime and Breaking News:
Stolen Youth: Child sex trafficking on the streets of our cities
Pair plead not guilty in Carnation slayings
Son seeks estate of mother he killed
Chilling details on Carnation slayings of six
Man gets 30 years for 1978 murder of 15-year-old
Legal delays add to victims’ fears
Profile of Paul Clement
Competitive reporting at The United States Supreme Court
Q & A with longtime American Civil Liberties Union Legal Director Steven Shapiro
The proof is in the returns
Defense’s joys and Joy’s defenses
Neighborhoods and Community News
Rural rage festers in King County
Along the Way: From cow country to planned community, Highway 202 follows the path of progress
A towering new identity in Bellevue
Pushing for peace, aging with grace
Redmond teenager survives 8 days stuck in car wreck
Unearthing the real voter fraud (p. 11)
Democrats making Eastside inroads
Environmentalists say Horn must go
Seven dancers cited for illegal behavior
Legislative races show 41st is a district in flux