An online resume

Kathleen Nelson

(314) 962-0593 | 440 Forest Green Dr., St. Louis, MO 63119  | twitter: @kathylean
Profile available on linkedin


Writer, editor, photographer, blogger, social media activist and instructor, always in search of novel ways to challenge myself and inspire others.


•  Content creation for print and digital platforms on tight deadline
•  AP Style
•  Editing for print and digital platforms on tight deadline.
•  Blackboard
•  Digital photography
•  Photoshop

•  Creation of newsletters and marketing content using InDesign. 
•  Course design and instruction at the junior high, high school and college levels
•  Twitter, Facebook, flickr 
 •  Hootsuite, LinkedIn
•  Blogger, WordPress
•  InCopy, TownNews TCMS


St. Patrick Center
                                           July 2013 - Present
Communications Specialist

§  Created original content for five digital platforms, including two twitter sites, two facebook sites and LinkedIn.
§  Created original content and helped design two websites, and
§  Managed, edited and photographed “Eat well. Do good. Recipes from McMurphy’s Café.”
§  Edited “Joy Is All We Have: Wisdom from Those Who Experience Homelessness,” by Ann Rotermund, former Director of Behavioral Health Programs at St. Patrick Center.
§  Led redesign of “Chronicles,” St. Patrick Center’s newsletter, transferring design in house using InDesign.
§  Created content for newsletters and client success stories.
§  Photographed clients for stories, donors and volunteers at events and staff for all platforms.
§  Provided live and on-camera interviews to TV and radio outlets.
Other book editing projects:
  • "Tradition Class Pride: Building a Cross Country Dynasty" by Ben Rosario and Jim Linhares. Scheduled for publication in July 2015.
  • "Digested: Eating Healthier Made Easier Three Ways" by Natalie Gensits. Scheduled for publication August 2015.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
                    September 1981 - February 2013
Columnist, Reporter, Copy Editor, Section Editor
  Supervised, edited and designed sections as various as travel, health and fitness, fashion, food and sports.
  Photographed vacation destinations as travel editor and writer, later adding a few sports assignments.
  Composed headlines and edited stories for clarity and accuracy as a copy editor in news (1981-83), features (1989-1996) and sports (1983-89 and 1996-2013).
  Column topics veered off the traditional path to cover such sports as cycling, running, swimming, gymnastics and tennis.
  Covered Rams football and the NFL from 1999 to 2013.
  Experience with Wordpress, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, InCopy, InDesign, content management systems. 

Washington University         
Adjunct instructor                                                                 June 1991-Present
  Designed and implemented a course in sports writing that I taught from 1991-1993. Earned kudos from students for novel approach to content and mastery of Blackboard.
  Designed and implement a travel writing course in 1994.
  Returned to retool the sports writing course to include digital and social media, beginning in Fall 2011.


The Blues' Jaden Schwartz cheers for his biggest fan, his sister, Mandi
Washington University welcomes back coach's wife
MU kicker Grant Ressel lets go of his big moment
Runner's helping hand makes a big impact
Principal donates equipment from cancelled sports programs to school that suffered a fire
SEMO pitcher gains perspective after losing sight in baseball accident
A rare first-person tale of my life as a running pick-up artist


U.S. Olympians, MO-IL Chapter                                                                                   2013
Honorary member.

National Federation of Press Women Quest Award                                                   2007
Presented for distinguished achievement in communications, writing sports columns in a
profession dominated by men.


American Board
Secondary education, English, Language Arts

University of Missouri-Columbia
Bachelor of Journalism in News-Editorial, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre


English and Language Arts, Grades 6-12
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Certificate No. 0443146


Reid Laymance, Deputy Sports Editor, Houston Chronicle

Wayne Zade, Professor of English, Westminster College

Tom Etling, Former CEO, St. Patrick Center
Currently a partner in Strategy and Innovation, Dovetail, 314-642-2278

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