Officially, Dawn Shurmaitis is an award-winning writer whose journalism background, rigid adherence to deadlines and flair for creative writing under pressure make her an ideal candidate for any assignment, across any medium. Her full-service writing/editing company is called Stella Ink.

Unofficially, Dawn has annoyed Bill Clinton’s Secret Service guards, snuck into the Pentagon, taught creative writing to maximum-security prisoners, and learned how to sail New York Harbor. She’s now writing a comic memoir called Smoking With the Patch On.

She’s worked as communications director and associate director for ABC, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET, where she wrote press kits for the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning PBS series American Masters, among many other programs.

She’s won more than a dozen awards for investigative, business, feature and breaking news reporting, and has reported on numerous subjects, including politics, health, aging, immigration, gardening, the environment and the nuclear industry. She’s reported from New Orleans after Katrina, Ground Zero, the Mississippi River, Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, and Ecuador, where she spent two weeks inside a makeshift OR documenting American doctors and nurses on a charitable mission.

Her work has appeared in Time Out, NY Daily News, Salon, MediaBistro, Rise Up, New Jersey, Contribute, the AP and Knight-Ridder news services, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bergen Record, Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

She is also an accomplished photographer whose photos have appeared in New Jersey, Contribute and Rise Up magazines. She shoots with a digital Nikon D200 and is represented by the Open Your Eyes to Dream art gallery.


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