liz garone

liz garone

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Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism (1995-1996)

Master of Science, May 1996
  • thesis explored the issues facing a Japanese woman executive who was returning home to Tokyo
    after a number of years working in the U.S.
  • University of California at Davis (1986-1990)

    Bachelor of Arts, June 1990
    American Studies and English
  • thesis explored the changing ethnic face of North Beach, San Francisco's Italian neighborhood
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    Freelance Writer and Editor
    San Francisco Bay Area

  • write and edit articles for a variety of print and online publications, including Money Magazine,
    The Wall Street Journal's, The Modesto Bee, and ChannelPro
  • editor of
  • author of Mother Knows Best blog on
  • co-authored Business Week's Guide to the Best Business Schools
    (2003, 2005 versions)
  • Teacher
    San Francisco Bay Area

  • teach PSAT, SAT, and SAT II English classes
  • tutor one-on-one (college application assistance, English, ESL)
  • edit English documents for students in Japan
  • teach journalism workshops to elementary and junior high school students

  • Technology Reporter
    San Mateo County Times
    San Mateo, California
    February 1999 - September 1999

  • wrote front-page feature articles for daily newspaper and rest of Northern California chain,
    including the Oakland Tribune
  • covered technology beat, including Silicon Valley and its major players
    as well as the burgeoning biotech field

  • Online Editor
    Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix, Arizona
    October 1996 - November 1998

  • oversaw the online edition of Phoenix New Times, an investigative weekly newspaper
  • solicited and edited copy from freelancers
  • wrote articles for the site as well as the print version of the newspaper
  • developed new sections for the site, integrating traditional journalism and multimedia aspects of the Web
  • supervised online designer, proofreader and intern
  • Fellow
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture
    Helsinki, Finland
    Summer 1996

  • participated in fellowship program designed to familiarize young journalists with European issues
  • traveled throughout the country and met with government and community officials
  • completed project focusing on the culture and folklore of the Finnish sauna
  • Editor
    AJET (Association of Japan English Teachers) Magazine
    Saga-ken, Japan
    July 1993 - July 1995

  • edited a magazine for English teachers in Japan
  • proofread all copy
  • supervised layout editor and business manager
  • wrote articles and columns and took photographs as needed
  • participated in AJET business meetings in Tokyo
  • English Teacher
    JET Programme
    Saga-ken, Japan
    July 1993 - July 1995

  • team-taught English to 350 junior high school students
  • facilitated a weekly adult conversation class
  • wrote monthly columns (in English with Japanese translation) for town newspaper
  • Staff Writer
    The World
    Coos Bay, Oregon
    February 1992 - May 1993

  • wrote articles for daily newspaper
  • covered the higher education, environment, police, health care and feature beats
  • took photographs when staff photographer was unavailable
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  • Macintosh and PC literate
  • high level of expertise with the Web and Internet applications
  • experienced in PageSpinner, Fetch, Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Excel, ClarisWorks, Eudora, Lexis-Nexis, XyWrite
  • familiar with PhotoShop and FreeHand
  • photography

  • skilled in black and white
  • experienced in shooting and processing for magazine and newspaper assignments
  • languages

  • French, intermediate
  • Japanese, beginning
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    awards & honors

    Helsinki fellowship, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Summer 1996
    Dean's Fellowship, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1995-1996
    UC Davis scholarship to Paris, Summer 1990
    First place, UC Davis Prized Writing, March 1990
    Dean's honor list, UC Davis, 1987-1990
    PUF (President's Undergraduate Fellowship) grant, UC Davis, December 1989

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