My Resume

P.A. Humphrey

817-204-8914

pam@pahumphrey.com


Skills

Award winning traditional and computer-assisted reporting. Twenty years experience writing and editing for community, metro, state and national publications. Excellent interviewing skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Quark, Microsoft Publisher, Pagemaker, InDesign and other publishing and word processing programs as well as social networking sites. Knowledge of both Mac and PC systems.

 

Professional Experience

Freelance Writer (1988-present)

Report and write articles for local, state and national publications, print and on-line,  including Redbook magazine; Salon; The Texas Observer; FW Weekly; Fort Worth Weekly; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; San Antonio Current; Fort Worth Business Press; Dallas Business Journal; Cleburne Times-Review; Mid-Cities Daily News; and Dallas Child, Fort Worth ChildAustin Child magazines. and

Examples of stories that made a difference:

  • Went undercover at the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth to do an expose on the miserable living conditions there. The story in Fort Worth Weekly resulted in changes in policy at the facility.
  • Exposed the greedy landlords who preyed on low-income residents of an entire neighborhood that was largely ignored after the Fort Worth tornado. The article, in The Texas Observer, prompted some Fort Worth attorneys to take up the residents’ cause.

 

Editor (10/2007-09-2008) The Crowley Star, Crowley,Texas

Reported, wrote stories, edited, took photos, did layout and pagination and oversaw production of a weekly community newspaper, covering the city of Crowley and the Crowley Independent School District.

Examples of stories that made a difference:

  • Revealed a series of sexual harassment charges brought by officers and department employees against the chief of police and the city’s decision to take no action. The story prompted the city council to mandate training for alls its officers.
  • Explored the complaints by dozens of parents, including the high school resource police officer, about a lack of discipline in the Crowley schools. The article brought much-needed information to parents and caused an increase of  attendance at school board meetings.

 

Acting Web Editor (05/2004 – 09/ 2004, temporary assignment) The Dallas Business Journal, Dallas, Texas

Scrolled the business wires for breaking news, wrote briefs and posted them throughout the day on the DBJ web site. Weekly, posted the stories and photos from the hard copy DBJ on the web site and added stories to the corporate web site for business women.

 

Staff Writer (1995-2001), FW Weekly, Fort Worth, Texas

Reported and wrote magazine-style stories on a variety of subjects for this alternative weekly. Also responsible for copy editing each issue, writing headlines and cut lines and proofing galleys.

Examples of stories that made a difference:

  • Examined the untold tragedy of a tiny girl who was murdered by her father while Child Protective Services looked the other way. The story prompted a state legislator to introduce legislation to lengthen the statute of limitations in child abuse cases.
  • Exposed conditions at a Fort Worth plant that the produces horse meat for human consumption overseas, uncovering the secret that some stolen pets had being sold to the plant for their meat. The story was spread around the country by animal rights groups, which started a campaign to lobby Texas lawmakers to stop the practice of allowing slaughterhouses to kill horses for their meat.
  • Related the personal story of Larry Gene Ashworth, the Wedgwood Baptist Church shooter from a before-the-act interview done just two weeks before the tragedy. The story was picked up by media from around the world and triggered interviews on major television and radio networks.

 

Staff Writer (1993-1995)

Cleburne Times-Review, 108 S. Anglin, Cleburne, TX 76031

Covered city and county government, the school district and every major news story from elections to capital murder trials. Helped copy edit each issue, did re-writes, read proofs and wrote headlines and cut lines.

Examples of stories that made a difference:

  • Examined the way members of the Republic of Texas were impacting small town municipal courts with repeated appeals.
  • Investigated sub-standard living conditions in the city and the lack of code enforcement in predominantly minority areas.

 

Staff Writer (1989-93), Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas

Covered the Arlington suburbs beat (city governments, school districts and police) at the Arlington bureau. Worked at the state desk doing general assignments, wrote obits and even covered one high school football game.

Examples of stories that made a difference:

  • Uncovered bond fraud by a small town water district that prompted the resignation of the president, vice president and manager.
  • Broke one of the first stories about pollution from cement kilns in nearby Waxahachie and its impact on the Arlington area.

 

Staff Writer (1988-89), Mid-Cities Daily News, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Texas

Covered city government and school districts in four north Tarrant County suburbs, worked the cops beat, did general assignments and wrote a weekly crime report column.

 

Professional Awards

  • Dallas Press Club Katie Awards, Award of Excellence in Journalism for a Dallas Child magazine series on Texas schools.
  • Dallas Press Club Katie Awards, Award of Excellence in Journalism for a FW Weekly before-the-fact interview with Larry Gene Ashbrook, the Wedgwood Baptist Church shooter. The story garnered mentions in the LA Times and the New York Times, as well as on MSNBC, CNBC and many other media outlets.
  • Dallas Press Club Katie Awards, nominee (1998, 1999, 2000, 2003)
  • Parenting Publications of America, First Place Investigative Reporting award, for a story about a Texas public school contest sponsored by the Church of Scientology, published in Dallas Child, Fort Worth Child and Austin Child magazines

Continuing Professional Education

  • Page design workshop (2008), Texas Christian University, Fort Worth
  • Texas Newspaper Association online feature writing workshop (2008), University of Texas
  • The Artists Way Workshop, Texas Christian University (2006), Fort Worth, TX
  • Poynter National Writers Workshop, Austin, TX
  • Medill Alternative News Writing Workshop, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
  • Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 and National Convention workshops

Professional Organizations

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • Association of Women Journalists
  • Society of  Professional Journalists (Tarrant County Chapter)

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Minor in Journalism. Overall GPA, 3.75; Journalism, 3.95
  • UTA Shorthorn, Editor, News Editor and reporter
  • Honors: Phi Theta Kappa; Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities; scholarships from SPJ, WIC, and the UTA Political Science Department; numerous writing awards from Texas Intercollegiate Press Assn., Rocky Mountain Collegiate Press Assn., Columbia University and others.
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