Dawn Shurmaitis


Writer / Editor / Public Relations / Marketing / Social Networking

Special Skills: Strong print and web writing and editing for multi-industry clients. Superior planning and organizational skills, with a keen attention to detail. Working with talent. Executive speechwriting, blogging and social networking. Developing and positioning creative ideas and concepts. Fostering and maintaining creative team environments. Scripting and refining corporate and non-profit message to achieve maximum results. Adobe Photoshop, Excel. Recognized for excellence with multiple media and industry awards.

Career History

Advertising Specialty Institute, membership organization for $19 billion ad specialty business.

Senior writer, Marketing, Dec. 2008-present. Research and write press releases, ad copy and CEO speeches. Responsible for writing CEO’s award-winning blog and promoting the company across all social networks. Revamped and now manage the company’s intranet site to introduce breaking news stories and coverage of all employee initiatives.

Thirteen/WNET New York, Peabody, Emmy and Academy Award-winning PBS flagship station.

Associate Director, Communications, 2005-2008. Researched and wrote press kits, web materials and executive speeches to promote numerous high-profile national television series such as Nature and American Masters, including Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Ric Burns’ Andy Warhol and Sydney Pollack’s Sketches of Frank Gehry. Chief PR writer for miniseries such as Broadway: The American Musical, The Supreme Court and Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Editorial associate for Educational Broadcasting Corporation annual reports. Radio and TV ad copywriter; blog and daily press briefing editor.

ABC, Inc., multi-billion dollar media network.

Director, Editorial Projects, 1999-2001. Wrote press releases for ABC News magazines, 20/20, Prime Time, Downtown and ABC News specials. Wrote speeches, remarks and scripts for executives, including company president, network president, news president and ABC talent. Researched and wrote ABC, Inc. portion of Disney annual report. Ensured overall consistency of corporate brand messaging.

Editor, ABC Ink, 1996-1999. Supervised editorial, photography and design staffs, producing award-winning 16-page, four-color monthly magazine for distribution worldwide to ABC Inc. and The Walt Disney Company employees. Wrote all celebrity profiles and cover stories.

Freelance Editor and Writer, 2001-2005; 2008. Multi-media, public relations, legal, consumer publications.

Speeches, press kits, media consultation, corporate reports, articles, PSAs for numerous clients, including Thirteen/WNET New York, ABC Inc., New York University Langone Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital Corp., Metropolitan Family Health Network Inc., Intrepid Museum Foundation, Fisher Brothers real estate investment firm, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood international law firm, mPRm Public Relations, JEG Associates, and Fusion Design.

Copy editor and writer, Lanford Marketing web sites.

Freelance writer for a variety of publications, including Salon, Time Out, MediaBistro, New Jersey, Contribute, Knight-Ridder news service, The Bergen Record.

Contributing writer, RiseUp, a magazine insert in numerous major market newspapers, including New York Daily News and The Washington Post, with a circulation of 4 million.

Reporter-Editor, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Knight-Ridder newspaper, 1986-1996. Responsible for investigative projects, 1A Sunday stories, feature, health and science reporting. Assistant city editor.

Published Works and Awards

Associated Press Managing Editors Awards

2003 First place, breaking news reporting

2003 First place, feature reporting

1993 First place, business series

1989 First place, news reporting

Keystone Press Awards

1997 First place, news series

1996 First place, beat reporting

1995 First place, investigative reporting

1995 Second place, political reporting

1994 First place, business and economic reporting

1993 First place, business and economic reporting

International Mercury Awards

Grand Winner, Gold and Bronze awards for feature article writing, celebrity profiles

International Association Business Communicators

1998 Silver Quill Awards for magazine publishing

New York ACE Awards

1987 Excellence and Merit Awards for magazine publishing and design

09/11 8:48 AM, Documenting America’s Greatest Tragedy

Two reports included in anthology benefiting American Red Cross

Finalist – 2002 Independent Publisher Book Awards

09/11 8:48 AM, One-act play directed by veteran actor and director Murray Woodfield and adapted from the personal testimonies of seven writers, including Dawn Shurmaitis. Performed in London at the Old Vic Theatre benefiting New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund


Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ, English composition adjunct professor, 2001-2003

Luzerne County Community College, PA, journalism, English composition adjunct professor, 1990-1996


2001Fade In Screenwriting Awards

Exit Hero,” Quarterfinalist out of 8,000 submissions

2001 CineStory Screenwriting Awards

Exit Hero,” Quarterfinalist out of 1,000 submissions

2001 Hollywood Symposium Screenwriting Awards

Exit Hero,” Top 50 Finalist out of 500 submissions


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Simmons School of Management, Strategic Leadership for Women, Boston

Note: No dolphins killed in preparation of this resume

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