Creative Writing and Graphic Design

Work Samples

  • Photo Art

  • Cartooning

  • Flyer

Work History

Tom Mannis Houston, TX E-mail: Summary: Versatile writing professional, with experience ranging from catalog copywriter to newspaper reporter. Graphic design including logos, banners, original photography and image manipulation. EXPERIENCE Editor/Publisher, Chicago News Bench website – October, 2006 - Present Chicago News Bench has grown to an average of more than 10,000 impressions/hits per month and has an excellent Google Page Rank of 4/10. Original articles and commentary have been quoted many times in the Chicago Sun-Times and other websites nationwide. Official blogger for Right Nation 2010 conference in September, 2010. Writer, Photographer, Uptown Community Guide 2008-2009, Chicago, IL – Summer, 2008 Writing and photography for this business directory created for the Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown. The Guide was published by News-Star (Chicago Journal, Oak Park, IL). Copy available as PDF on request. Writer, Photographer, The Chicago Journal, Oak Park, IL – 2007 - 2008 Reporter and news photographer for The Chicago Journal's family of newspapers (Booster, News-Star and Skyline). Was often featured on the front pages of these publications. Samples available on request. Executive Assistant, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Chicago, IL – 2004 - 2006 Writing and journalism skills were used in support of the Director of Field Operations. Assisted with editing of the ACGME’s Bulletin and e-Bulletin, sometimes re-writing articles written by medical professionals to read in a common voice. Researched article topics on the internet (using PubMed and other online sources). Other duties included: • Composed and edited meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, memos, forms, agendas and more. • Handled logistics and travel arrangements, hotel and dining arrangements, conference calls and meetings. • Researched and wrote statistical reports for Field Staff personnel and maintained detailed Field Staff rosters. Copywriter, Spiegel Catalog, Oak Brook, IL – 1978 - 1979 Wrote amazing product descriptions for Spiegel Catalog. RELATED EXPERIENCE Content Specialist/Web Researcher,, Inc., Chicago, IL – 2000 - 2001 streamed online music to web sites such as MSN, Artist Direct, Rolling Stone, Blue Note and radio broadcasters nationwide. Maintained the integrity of digital music and art databases, matching songs, artists, albums and cover art for linking to and other vendors. Worked directly with Program Directors to resolve data-related problems. Assisted with optimization of data entry. Associate Contributing Editor, Badger Herald, Madison, WI – 1975 - 1977 Independent weekly newspaper. Edited submissions, wrote original news reports and commentary. EDUCATION • B.A. Journalism & Advertising, University of Wisconsin-Madison • Overseas study in Munich, Germany (through University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)


University of Wisconsin-Madison