April 02, 2002


Employment History

11/2001 – Present – Managing Editor/News Editor – MSP Communications; Minneapolis, MN

I currently work dual roles for MSP Communications in Minneapolis. I’m managing editor for a monthly technology-focused newsletter, and I’m a news editor responsible for writing content for two IBM magazines.

From 2005 to 2007, I was managing editor for two IBM magazines, where my responsibilities included finding and managing authors for bi-monthly content, preparing product news briefs based on company press releases, editing article content, and writing server- and application-related articles.

My areas of technical knowledge revolve around the IBM servers lines, particularly their midrange and enterprise mainframe servers and applications, although I’m also fairly well-versed in the overall information technology (IT) field. I use Lotus Word Pro and Lotus Notes predominantly in this position. I maintain contact with business partners and suggest magazine story content. My work can be viewed online at http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com

8/1999 – Present – Humor Columnist (Rambling Rhodes) – Stewartville and LaCrescent, MN

I write a weekly humor column, entitled "Rambling Rhodes," for the Stewartville Star and Houston County News, submitted via e-mail. I was awarded first place "Best Columnist" honors in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest in 1999 for the 1,500 to 2,000 circulation range. I was awarded second place honors in 2001.

11/1999 - 9/2001 – Technical Editor – Ciber, Inc. – Rochester, MN

I was a contracted editor working at IBM in Rochester, MN. My responsibilities included editing technical documentation (specifically redbook publications), teaching residency classes on the use of the FrameMaker publishing tool, and working with international residents to ensure the quality of their written technical information. I used the following computer software publishing and graphics tools: FrameMaker, Paint Shop Pro, Freelance Graphics, and Word Pro. Other software tools included Lotus Notes and Adobe Acrobat.

1/1999 - 11/1999 – News Editor – Stewartville Star Newspaper – Stewartville, MN

My responsibilities included reporting on businesses, city council and school board meetings, and virtually all other aspects of city reporting. I was also the primary photographer for the newspaper, which included darkroom development of black and white film. As the sole reporter, I specialized in hard news stories as well as feature and human interest pieces. Other job responsibilities included editing news content, page layout and design, and creating some computer-generated graphics. I used the QuarkExpress and Photoshop publishing tools while working at the Star.

12/1997 - 8/1998 -- City Council/Business Reporter – Winona Daily News – Winona, MN

I reported on Winona city council meetings as well as business-related news in Winona and surrounding communities. Other duties included some photography and numerous data entry responsibilities, including entering court proceedings, obituaries, death notices, news releases, etc.

Education History

5/1998 – Winona State University – Bachelor’s Degree; Mass Communications/Journalism major, with a history minor – Winona, MN

5/1993 – St. Mary’s Int’l School – Tokyo, Japan

Posted by Ryan at April 2, 2002 09:45 AM
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