Leigh Donaldson: Editor, Reporter, Researcher, Writer

Leigh Donaldson

Last updated on 02/09/11


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Credits and Employment History

Mr. Leigh Donaldson
42 Smith Street, 2nd Floor
Portland, Maine 04101 (USA)
(207) 899-4782/E-mail: leighd@lycos.com

Summary of Experience
Have more than 25 years of experience as a reporter, editor, proofreader and researcher. Writing projects include news, features, print advertising, direct mail and corporate packages. Have produced, copy-written and edited newsletters, brochures and in-house publications. Familiar with Microsoft Word, Windows, desktop publishing, Internet resources and basic photography.
Work Experience
CURRENT: Writer: Write news features on national/regional politics, business, social issues, travel, arts and culture. {Progressive Media Project, World Report, The Public Press (San Francisco), CommonDreams.org News Center, Fiscal Policy Institute, American Visions Magazine, Patrick Henry Press News, Fiscal Policy Institute, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, American Legacy Magazine, After Downing Street, Hawaii Review, Senior Magazine, Medical News Today, Art Times, American Songwriter, International Poetry Review, Maine Political News, Portland Monthly Magazine, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Maine Health Forum, Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine, (former) Maine Times, Maine in Print, Maine History, Maine Environmental News}
Editorial/research assistant: Center for the Humanities/University of New Hampshire/Durham (1996-Sept. 1997) Edited and reference checked manuscripts for publication in the Encyclopedia of New England Culture (Yale Univ. Press).
Reporter. Portsmouth Press (NH), (1989-1993). Instructor, Traip Academy (Kittery, ME). Taught English & Comparative Literature/9-12 (1993-’95). Instructor. Kittery Adult Education Program. Taught courses in journalism, book publishing, historical research, public relations writing and playwriting (1993-’97).
Permissions Editor. Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co. (Boston), (1987-’89). Solicited copyright permissions for original non-fiction work to appear in company trade titles. Negotiated contracts with authors, literary agents and publishers. Correspondent. Bay State Banner (Boston), (1983-’89).
Editorial /Research Assistant. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Boston), (1985-’87). Produced in-house publications related to missions in third-world countries.
Professional Activities
·        Contracted with McFarland & Co. Publishers for narrative book on the history of African-American newspapers in the northeast (2011).
. Guest speaker, University of Southern Maine/Communication & Media Studies Department (“Writing Opinion, Editorials & Columns” class), Prof. Matthew Killmeier, 2008, ‘09.
·        Completion of “Minority Writers Seminar”, National Conference of Editorial Writers Foundation/Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), 2008.
·        Completion of Poynter Institute of Media Studies Seminar, “Reporting & Writing the Untold Stories” (St. Petersburg, FL), 2006.
·        Contributor, “Maine’s Visible Black History”, edited by H.H. Price & Gerald E. Talbot (Tilbury House Publishers), 2006.
·        Lecturer, “The Abolitionist Movement in Maine”, Quaker Meeting House (Windham, ME), 2003.
·        Member/Affiliations, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Maine Historical Society, Sierra Club, NAACP, Academy of American Poets, New England Writers, Literacy Volunteers of Maine (LV Maine), Maine Public Radio MPBN), Maine Initiatives {Board of Directors}, Cathedral Church of St. Luke (Portland, ME), Leadership Seacoast (NH), Pontine Movement Theatre (NH).
·        Radio/Television appearances on Voice of America/USIA, WLVI-Channel 56 (Boston), WHEB-FM (NH) and Channel 48 Cablevision (NH), WMPG Community Radio (Portland, ME).

·        National Press Foundation Award. (research on ethnic community, regional and alternative newspapers), 1987.
·        Abraham Woursell Award for Fiction, University of Austria (Vienna), 1990.
·        Goldstein Research Award/JFK School of Government/Harvard University (research on book about early African-American newspapers in the northeast), 1994.
·        Fund for Investigative Journalism Award (survey analysis of print
media overage of ethnic minorities in Detroit metropolitan area), 1996.
·        Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship from Maine Community
Foundation (fiction writing), 1999.
B.A. (Honors) University of Michigan/Ann Arbor. Major: Political Science/Mass Communications, Minor: Journalism/Law, 1977.
Georgetown University Law Center School, 1977-1979.

Aly Colon
Poynter Institute of Media Studies
801 Third Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Ernie Harburg
The Yip Harburg Foundation
270 Lafayette Street, Room 812
New York, New York 10012
(212) 343-9668 (-9453 fax)

William David Barry
Reference Librarian
Maine Historical Society/Center for Maine History
489 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101-3498
(207) 774-1822
David  H. Watters
Professor of English,
University of New Hampshire
Hamilton-Smith Hall
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

David C. Driskell
David C. Driskell Center for Study of the Visual Arts &
Culture of African-Americans & the African Diaspora
1214 Cole Student Activities Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
(301) 314-0615