An award-winning writer and editor, I specialize in creating sharp and engaging copy for a variety of clients.

Thorough reporting, meticulous editing and an eye for the quirky have punctuated my career, which has taken me from writing sports stories to editing interior design publications to representing the nation’s premier luxury home builder.

Today, clients count on me to turn around last-minute assignments, brainstorm editorial content and craft engaging stories that leave readers eager for more.

My assignments cover a variety of subjects, from healthcare to gaming, identity theft to education.









About Cara

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Professional Experience

Freelance Writer and Editor
– Writing, editing, copy editing, proofing, fact checking and consultation for a variety of clients ranging from startups to media conglomerates.
– Projects range from deadline reporting for the Washington Post to in-depth travel reporting for Fodor’s.

Senior Account Executive/Mullen Public Relations/Phoenix, Ariz.
– Primary media representative for luxury home builder Toll Brothers in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Reno and Palm Springs.
– Created, planned and implemented strategic public relations plan across print, broadcast and online platforms.
– Worked with executive-level corporate management and on-site construction crews to implement effective communications plan.
– Envisioned, planned and executed special events to attract targeted customers and positive media attention during a dramatic economic downturn.

Project Editor/Arizona Republic/Phoenix, Ariz.
– Lead editor for the Republic’s Custom Publishing Group. Duties included writing and editing, recruiting new writers (nationwide), and managing client relations.
– Oversaw entire publication generation process, from selecting stories and setting a budget to collaborating with art directors and assigning photography.
– Managed approximately $3 million of the department’s annual $4-plus million in revenue. Publication frequency, page count and revenue increased significantly.

Staff Writer/St. Paul Pioneer Press/St. Paul, Minn.
– Wrote features, notebooks and game stories on a variety of professional and amateur sports beats.



Santa Clara University/Santa Clara, Calif.
– Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and history. Graduated with honors.
– Editor in Chief, 1998-1999, The Santa Clara. Honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Associated Collegiate Press. Sports Journalism Institute member.


Awards & Honors

Apex Awards
– Feature series writing award of excellence (At Home Week 2006)
– Feature series design award of excellence (At Home Week 2006)
– Feature series writing award of excellence (At Home Week 2007)

Arizona Press Club
– Feature writing, short form (2005)

Communicator Awards
– Print media award of excellence (At Home Week 2006)
– Print media award of excellence (SummerScapes 2006)
– Print media award of distinction (New Homes Arizona 2006)
– Print media award of distinction (At Home Week 2007)
– Print media award of distinction (SummerScapes 2007)

Hermes Creative Awards
– Writing/overall publication platinum award (At Home Week 2007)
– Design/publication gold award (SummerScapes 2007)
– Writing gold award (New Homes Arizona 2008)

Public Relations Society of America/Phoenix
– Copper Anvil award of distinction/press kit (A Perfect Setting 2008)


Memberships & Organizations

– Sports Journalism Institute
– Association of Women in Sports Media