Writing Samples

News Releases

A large part of my role as a media specialist at the Illinois Policy Institute is to write and distribute news releases to place our research in target media. Below is a sample of the news releases I personally wrote and took the lead on messaging strategy.

Illinois Forward: Commonsense alternatives to the “Fair Tax”, Feb. 2020

Small Business Saturday: Illinois’ best job creators experienced sharp slowdown, Nov. 2019

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s budget avoids major tax hikes but isn’t truly balanced, Nov. 2020

CTU Strike: Chicagoans brace for for final cost of teachers’ contract, Oct. 2019

What to know for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “State of the City” address, Aug. 2019

Illinois doubles gas tax ahead of record July 4 travel, July 2019

Bill to clear false criminal records for free heads to governor’s desk, May 2019

Progressive income tax proposal falls $2 billion short of revenue estimates, March 2019

Waste Watch: Report reveals $81 million of wasteful projects, Oct. 2018

Experts available: Statewide issues affecting Illinois this election season, Oct. 2018

Online News Stories

As a one-man-band reporter in East Tennessee, I not only produced my own TV stories from start to finish, but also wrote up accompanying stories for the web. Below is a sample of the many stories I covered for WBIR 10 News.

New Children’s Hospital addition caters to comfort, Feb. 2016

Concierge medicine making its way to Knoxville, June 2016

UT hike in heels for sexual assault awareness, April 2016

Lack of use puts value of UT blue lights into question, Feb. 2016

Alzheimer’s prevention center to open in September, June 2016

Study shows spike in prostate cancer cases, July 2016

Man fulfills dying wish of baptizing his son, Aug. 2016

Obama’s opioid initiatives to impact East Tennessee, March 2016

Death penalty: The cost and timeline, March 2016

‘Dancing for the Horses’ expecting its biggest year yet, May 2016

TVA considering historic move from iconic twin towers in downtown Knoxville, June 2016

Rockslide traffic is ripping up detour roadways, March 2016

City of Gatlinburg, distilleries team up to control free samples, March 2016

Camping fees could increase at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, March 2016

Opinion

I’ve written and submitted op-eds on behalf of the Illinois Policy Institute as a way to distribute its research.

Illinois’ unbalanced budgets, The Rock Island Dispatch-Argus, Nov. 2018

Giving thanks for Illinois’ hopeful future, Springfield-State Register Journal, Nov. 2018