Kathy Lynn Gray
329 Northridge Rd., Columbus, OH 43214
- Freelance writing jobs using the communication lessons I’ve learned during 37 years as a journalist.
- I’m a creative, multi-faceted journalist with reporting and editing experience in news, features and business. I’m skilled in investigating, researching, writing with emotional punch, producing stories on deadline, interviewing, public speaking and social networking.
- Telling stories clearly, concisely and creatively; juggling many tasks at once; self-editing.
- Self-motivated and reliable; able to turn projects around quickly.
- Comfortable with social networking including Twitter and Facebook.
Journalist, Columbus Dispatch daily, 1979-2015
- I’m a journalist equally at home writing about crime and courts as well as spinning stories about the oldest living gorilla in captivity or the exotic juggler delighting crowds at the Ohio State Fair. My Dispatch career began as a reporter on the Action Line, finding answers to reader’s problems. Over the years, it included stints covering the largest school district in central Ohio, one of the largest universities in the country, the federal court system and the real estate industry. With each new beat, I gained more knowledge and contacts within the community and within the beat as I balanced news coverage with stories about the everyday lives of the people in the community.
- As the higher education reporter, I wrote about the maneuvering that brought Gordon Gee back to the Ohio State University for an unlikely second stint as president, but also told the quirky tale of the college-admission guides who must learn to walk backwards during tours.
- While covering federal court, I unearthed not only stories of intricate schemes to steal money but also the decades-long story of Tommy Thompson, a former Battelle scientist who found a gold-laden shipwreck and faced long years of litigation that ended with his disappearance, a worldwide search and his eventual imprisonment in Columbus. The stories I wrote about this enigmatic man have traveled around the globe, spurred documentaries and given land-locked Ohioans a glimpse of the tangled world of treasure hunting.
- As journalism evolved, I established a writing group for reporters to learn the story-telling style that was becoming popular in newsrooms, began producing early-morning police stories for the Dispatch web site to drive web traffic, and helped keep web readers informed during major weather events. As the importance of the Internet grew, I connected with readers through a Twitter feed, e-mail and videos I produced to complement news events.
- Before working at the Dispatch, I was a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives, writing speeches and columns, answering constituent mail, tracking and researching legislation and talking to constituents.
- My journalism career began as a reporter for the Sun Newspaper chain in Cleveland.
- Masters of Journalism, Ohio State University, as a Kiplinger Mid-Career Journalism fellow, 1997
- Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Baldwin-Wallace College, 1977
- First place, 2004, Cleveland Press Club, breaking news
- Second place, Cleveland Press Club, 2006, profile writing
- Second place, Ohio Associated Press, 2006, breaking news
- First place, Ohio Associated Press, 1984, enterprise reporting
Selected related experiences
- Copyediting for seven years at the Dispatch
- Copy-editing journalism lecturer at Ohio State University
- Graduate of FBI community outreach program
- President of the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists
- Weekend City Desk supervisor for the Dispatch
- Freelancer for local publications, including the Columbus Parent periodical