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Leah L. Culler
801-403-4354
leah@cullercopy.com

ABOUT ME:

I am an experienced, detail-oriented writer and editor who is passionate about crafting messages using the language and tone that best appeals to a given audience.

SKILLS:

  • Writing, editing and proofreading
  • Organization and project management
  • Leadership and team-building
  • Writing and editing for the Web using SEO; knowledge of HTML and Web metrics
  • Print design experience; knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite software and other software packages
  • Training and documentation
  • Knowledge of AP style
  • Familiarity with various social networking tools

EXPERIENCE:

Culler Copy, April 2010 – present
Owner/editor
Write and edit a range of content for a variety of clients, including Harvard, MSN Money, the University of Washington, Viridian Energy, Houzz.com, MSN Real Estate and several individuals and small businesses

Redfin, February 2014 – May 2015
Senior managing editor

  • Edited all content for the Communications Team, including blog posts, press releases and reports
  • Managed editorial calendar
  • Wrote and ghostwrote content for the Redfin blog
  • Created a Redfin Communications Team style guide
  • Hired and trained a team of five communications specialists
  • Oversaw and managed the redesign of the Redfin Press Center at press.redfin.com
  • Created a community relations program and established the company’s first nonprofit partnership, with hunger relief organization Move For Hunger

The Washington Post, July 2012 – January 2014
Multiplatform editor
Edit content and write headlines for the print newspaper and its digital counterparts (website, mobile, etc.)

Culler Copy, Seattle, April 2010-present
Owner/editor
Write and edit a range of content for a variety of clients, including MSN.com, Harvard, Viridian Energy, the University of Washington and a number of small businesses

MAQ Software, Redmond, April 2009 – April 2010
Producer/editor for MSN Real Estate

  • Edited and published stories online, using SEO strategies to maximize traffic
  • Tracked short-term and long-term keyword trends and other Web metrics to ensure optimal user experience
  • Maintained editorial calendar and collaborated with photo editors and partners for image selection
  • Promoted content using social-networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook

The Seattle Times, Seattle, April 2006 – December 2008
Front page editor, February 2008 – December 2008

  • Selected and edited stories and oversaw presentation for A1, the most important page for news and circulation
  • Oversaw production of other sections and ensured efficient workflow
  • Adapted on deadline to breaking news
  • Responded appropriately to often irate readers

Wire editor, March 2007 – February 2008
Selected and edited stories from wire services for print and Web products

Desk editor, April 2006 – December 2008

  • Edited special projects, including complicated charts, graphics and data sets
  • Worked constructively with reporters and other editors to improve content and ensure accuracy

Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, June 2003 – August 2005
City editor, July 2004 – August 2005

  • Led a staff of eight reporters in producing a complete, timely news report
  • Brainstormed and coordinated project stories
  • Planned news coverage; set priorities and goals for staff

News editor, December 2003 – July 2004

  • Supervised a seven-person copy and design desk, maintaining a high standard of accuracy
  • Conducted training sessions for staff copy editors; maintained an internal style guide
  • Gave regular feedback and managed performance and personnel issues

Copy editor, June 2003 – December 2003
Edited and designed various sections of the newspaper

Other relevant experience and projects

  • Court appointed special advocate (CASA) for the District of Columbia
  • Training and experience as a public relations representative
  • Worked as editor of The Snoqualmie Valley Record, a community newspaper in Snoqualmie, Washington
  • Other volunteer experience including teaching children to read, feeding the homeless, writing and editing

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s degree in print journalism, Utah State University, 2001

HONORS:

  • Recipient of three awards for writing published on MSN Real Estate, including a first-place award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors in 2011
  • Copy editor for “Chihuly Inc.,” a three-part 2006 Seattle Times series awarded first prize in the C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards and a first place Society of Professional Journalists award