Hi! I am Sally. I am a former newspaper and magazine journalist who now freelances. My staff work includes media relations, keynote presentations for executives, editing national magazines, running a local magazine, reporting for newspapers and authoring a book.
I taught 300-level writing at the University of Washington and worked with nonprofit executives on speeches at the Skoll Foundation. Past writing stints include the Detroit Free Press, Seattle Times, In Style and Parents magazine. I was the editor-in-chief of Seattle Bride magazine, acting as its spokesperson on local talk shows.
My clients have included Microsoft, US News + World Report, Avelo Airlines, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Cooking Light and more. I love throwing dinner parties, connecting humans, and laughter. (I would still like to try my shot at being a stand-up comedian). Email me: [email protected]
I taught Comms 359; see description here.
I ran Seattle Bride magazine and led a redesign.
I wrote and edited this 500-page travel guidebook. I also managed more than a dozen writers.
Books, Teaching + Leadership
By now, most of us have heard of "mindfulness," the practice of focusing attention on the present moment without any judgment. Many adults practice it through meditation, yoga, walking or simply sitting still. But mindfulness is not just for adults. According to mental health experts, it can also be good for children.
A 504 plan provides equal access to education for people with disabilities, focusing on accommodations that make it more feasible for students with learning differences to thrive in a traditional classroom. Functionally, what that means is an agreement between parents and a school that creates special conditions for a student.
When it's time for children to start their schooling, parents face big decisions almost immediately. Different educational philosophies are available beginning in preschool that will govern curriculum, teaching and testing in the classroom. One that U.S. parents are almost sure to encounter is Reggio Emilia education, an Italian form of preschool that has gained popularity in the U.S.
I wrote this guide for journalists, focusing on new software to be released at an upcoming conference. It was a massive project consisting of working with many product marketing managers and engineers from many departments across the company, translating tech-y language into everyday speak.
As editor in chief of Seattle Bride, I often was an “expert” commentator in the media.
I was a panelist on “Leveraging Communications: Raising Your Profile,” in England at the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship Convening at the Skoll World Forum. Special guests at the forum that year included Annie Lennox and Sir Richard Branson.
I was a panelist at “Working with Bloggers,” a one-day panel moderated by KIRO7's Jenni Hogan.
I wrote many, many articles for iVillage then owned by NBC, and many pieces like this one also ran on Today.com. “It's the first day of spring (even if it doesn't exactly feel like it outside) and we're thinking about baby names inspired by the season. If you're expecting right around now, check out these spring baby names.”
I wrote this page and other pages of the first-ever website for this new airline. So much fun!
The event featured Annie Lennox, Muhammad Yunus, and other luminaries.
Super proud to get my client at the time, r.Cup, this earned media placement, among many others.
I gave advice to PR professionals on secrets of pitching magazines.
Insight into a sliver of my life.
One year I was the live-blogger at the Skoll World Forum. “Jenny Bowen thought her work was almost done. After 17 years of running OneSky (formerly known as Half the Sky), she had helped transform China's child welfare institutions, and she could ‘see the light at the end of the tunnel.’ We have lots of work left to do, but I can see where it's going.’”
Cecilia Flores-Oebanda and some of her children were jailed for four years for fighting against the Marcos regime of the Philippines. (Former President Ferdinand Marcos was removed from power in 1986). Her organization, which helps stop human trafficking in the Philippines, was "strained and challenged" two years ago.
I wrote the Seattle section.
This story illustrates my idea-generating talents. It was hailing in July, and I thought about who it would affect the most. Some research and reporting in the field led to this story, which caused someone to donate $10,000 to the farmers.