REPORTING AND WRITING EXPERIENCE
Writer, Frankfurt. Wrote news and feature stories, market research reports,
speeches and case studies for U.S. and international publications.
Reporting/Writing appeared in The New York Times, Time
Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, The Toledo
Blade, the AP, Barron's, The Anniston Star, World Politics Review, Retail
Banking International, RFID Journal, The Raleigh News & Observer, Science
Business Magazine, Germany Today Radio, Institutional Investor and
Highlights from Rhea’s first 10 years as a freelance writer:
Newswires, Frankfurt, Staff Correspondent. Covered European
Telecommunications for real-time financial news agency. Responsible for
reporting on world's largest takeover battle of Germany's Mannesmann by the
U.K.'s Vodafone. Broke the story that the two companies were indeed in talks on
the matter and had been for several weeks, though they were denying it.
Coverage was given company's annual Dow Jones Newswires Award. Features of all
types ran on the newswires and in The Wall Street Journal. 9/99-
Anniston Star, Anniston, AL, Staff Writer. Features Writer. Wrote
news and features on daily deadline for nationally renowned, family-owned
newspaper. As sole features reporter, wrote four to five stories each week on
lifestyle trends, psychology, religion, social issues, ideas, food and
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), European
Researcher/Consultant. Researched opinion of FAO in Germany and Austria.
Identified and interviewed leaders in media, government and non- governmental
organizations (NGO's). Created questionnaire for quantifying interview results.
Wrote media strategy recommending FAO build partnerships with NGO's to better
its reputation and increase funding. 06/98.
Agency (dpa), Hamburg, Germany, Reporter. Trainee, International
Services in English. Wrote daily news and feature stories for world's 4th
largest news agency. Copy and sub-edited. Translated German to English.
Performed training rotations in Bonn, Frankfurt and New York. Traveled on an
independent feature-writing tour to Sarajevo during the switch from U.N. to
NATO supervision. 1/95-1/97.
- Lead writer on a 45-page report on urbanization for a global logistics company.
- Speechwriting for a former state minister of France and the CEO of a listed French company.
- A series of articles on the rights of Muslim women in Europe, particularly Turkish women in Germany. The series appeared occasionally on WorldPoliticsReview.com.
- Interviews with five Nobel laureates in economics for the Wall Street Journal.
- United Nations Correspondent. Wrote news and
feature analysis about the world body for dpa. Covered the Security Council as
it dealt with Iraq weapons inspections and fighting in Zaire.
Sunset Life Insurance
Company and Sunset Financial Services, Olympia, WA, European
Life Insurance Agent. Sold $100,000 in annual life premium in first year.
Found clients with cold calling and prospecting. Conducted strategic interviews
with clients and prospects. Gave financial planning seminars. Sold mutual
funds: N.A.S.D. Series 6 and 63 certified. Won sales incentive trips to
Portugal, Belgium, Tunisia and Italy. 1/92-12/94.