Resume

Donna Gordon Blankinship
16921 NE 12th St. • Bellevue, WA 98008 • (206) 276-6702 
donnablankinship@gmail.com • Twitter, Reddit, Instagram: @dgblankinship
 
Summary of Qualifications:
 
• Award-winning journalist, recognized for expertise in beat reporting and education coverage.
• Social media leader with an interest in multi-platform storytelling. Early adopter of new technology and platforms

• Experienced editor and proofreader: Fast, efficient, organized and calm.
• Able to juggle the editing of multiple projects in various formats.
• Recognized team leader and mentor. Experienced at coaching team members both in person and virtually across the United States. Trained staff across Pacific Northwest in new publishing software.

• Experienced recruiter and editor of freelance work.
• Creative headline writer, digital storyteller, and editor of web-ready copy.
• Volunteer non-profit leader and reluctant yet capable public speaker.
• Award-winning photographer; some training and experience in audio and video editing.

 
Professional Experience:
 
The Seattle Times, June 2016 – April 2019, editorial writer and opinion columnist.
Wrote editorials and opinion columns on topics including education, state government, health care reform and social issues, as a member of the editorial board. Worked with a team to conceive and write big-picture projects on state education reform and open government. Ran successful community school-supply fundraising drive on behalf of the editorial board. Fact checked letters and op-eds.
 
The Associated Press, March 2004 to June 2016 and January 1986 through December 1989, newswoman in Seattle, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Raleigh, N.C., and news clerk in Newark, N.J. Wrote for the AP’s national education and health care reform teams. Covered state government policy on education and health care, as well as breaking news. Contributed to the AP’s travel, philanthropy, medical, and social science coverage.

Freelance Writer: Stories in Bicycling, Seattle Weekly, Seattle’s Child, Sunset, Resource Recycling, Hadassah, Puget Sound Business Journal, Washington CEO and Media Inc. Created content for non-profit agencies.
 
The Jewish Transcript, November 1996 – November 2002, editor-in-chief.

Managed every aspect of award-winning Washington bi-weekly from story development through production. Led the newspaper to increased circulation, stable sales growth, and awards for editorial content. Supervised the creation of the paper’s online presence and established systems for keeping content fresh. Took the lead on publication redesign and content overhaul. Refined all pre-press procedures to make them efficient and painless. Led a staff of seven full-time employees, plus freelancers and part-timers. Wrote news and opinion pieces.

North Seattle Community College, September 1993 to December 1996, adviser to student newspaper, journalism instructor. Helped student journalists publish monthly newspaper and created an atmosphere for learning about the media. Instructed students in the arts of computer-aided newspaper design, pre-press production, staff recruitment and development, photography, writing and editing.
 
Education:
B.S. Journalism, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
 
Honors/Awards:
2012 3rd place education reporting, SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest
2007 1st prize investigative reporting, Education Writers Association, member of AP team for teacher sex abuse series
Third vice president, American Jewish Press Association, 2001 and 2002
2002 SPJ Awards, Honorable Mention for news reporting
1999, 2000 Rockower Awards for Jewish journalism, 1st and 3rd place, for news reporting
1995 and 1994 Kovod Award for newsletters
1983 SPJ Mark of Excellence Contest, Region Five — 3rd place, non-fiction magazine writing