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Larry Avila

Award-winning journalist (freelance writer & editor)

Location icon United States

I started out as a reporter for daily newspapers in Michigan more than two decades ago. My experience includes writing, editing and other assorted roles for daily newspapers, business publications and spending time doing communications work for an urban public school system and a marketing/communications firm. I've since returned to and am based again in Chicago. My work through the years has landed numerous awards from professional media organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, but a highlight was receiving a fellowship in 2007, which allowed me to take paid leave from my job to participate in a two-month leadership and editing program at the University of Nevada-Reno. I've had opportunities to meet, interview and write about a variety of people and topics through the years and I'm always looking forward to my next assignment.

The Times (Northwest Indiana)/
Region's tech talent believe more spotlight time needed to showcase NWI technology sector

Jillian Straub can thank the steel industry for helping her tap her entrepreneurial side. Working in information technology for ArcelorMittal, Straub became friends with some of her colleagues, including one who had an idea for a website where users share referral codes and earn rewards each time a code was used.

The Times (Northwest Indiana)/
Future bright for health care profession

Dee Dee Marinaro knew nursing would provide plentiful job opportunities. Now almost two decades into her career, there seems to be even more doors available for her to walk through. With the nation's aging population, demand for health care services is projected to continue growing well into the next decade.

The Times (Northwest Indiana)/
Bitcoin's meteoric rise luring investors hoping to cash in

Retirement is a long way off for Cameron Banga, but he has actively been preparing for it for nearly a decade. Banga, 30, of Valparaiso, has been an entrepreneur but now works as a software developer for another employer. Banga's investment approach, much like his career, also has taken a few twists and turns, and he simply goes with the flow.

The Times (Northwest Indiana)/
More electric cars, plug-in hybrids hitting roadways in Northwest Indiana

David Caynak planned to buy a new Chevrolet Corvette one day in 2012, but instead drove home in a plug-in electric hybrid Volt. "I took a test drive in (a Volt) and thought, 'I think the Volt is something I can use year-round and I wouldn't have to store it in the winter like the 'Vette," said Caynak, who works for Canadian National in Homewood, Illinois, and maintains homes in Hobart and Racine, Wisconsin.

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