Kara Murphy

Freelance Writer

Contact me:

murphy_kara@yahoo.com

814-882-9444

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Awards:


Who I work with:

 Media clients
  • Lake Erie Living, contributing editor. Contribute more than a dozen freelance stories a year to this Cleveland-based magazine ranging from travel features to list-based stories.
  • Erie Times-News, contributing writer. Assigned multiple freelance writing stories each month ranging from personality features to front-page hard news.


Business and U.S. Government clients
  • Erie Insurance, contributing writer. Contribute regularly to this Fortune 500 company's agent publications with insurance agent profiles and related content.
  • U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemperpress assistant. Produced press releases, planned news conferences, and wrote speeches for the congresswoman while she was in office.


Content Writing clients
  • Care.Com, contributing writer. Produce monthly freelance stories for this site, which boasts of 17.8 million members, ranging from "How to Breastfeed Your Baby" to "Dogs and their Celebrity Owners."
  • Hill's Pet Nutrition, contributing writer. Produce stories for this pet food company's website.
  • American Intercontinental University and Colorado Technical University, contributing writer. Produce monthly blog entries for these post-secondary institution websites.


Other rèsumè highlights:

  • Erie Times-News reporter, 2001-2009 Beats included education, city government, general assignment and police at different times during my tenure. Exercised judgment daily on news coverage decisions and showed initiative by routinely generating story ideas. Required to analyze large amounts of information quickly and accurately, and routinely met daily and long-term deadlines.
  • Awards: Won state-level journalism awards in the categories of breaking news, continuing news coverage, travel, feature, personality profile, series and sports. All awards given by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and/or the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association.
  • Previous work: Staff writing positions at the Salina Journal (Kansas), 1999-2001; Canyon Courier (Evergreen, Colorado), 1998-1999; Cincinnati Downtowner (Ohio), 1996-1998.
  • College: 1996 graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.


About me, outside of work:

I became a freelance writer in 2009 after I left my job at the Erie Times-News so I could stay home with my daughter. Almost exactly two years later my husband and I welcomed our son into the family. Our kids are now 6 and 4.

I grew up in Colorado and Cincinnati, but have also lived in Kentucky, Hawaii, Indiana and Kansas. I moved to Erie, Pa., in 2001 to take a job with the Erie Times-News. I didn't know a soul in town, but quickly fell in love with Lake Erie, the local beaches, and the wonderful town and people. Then I married a local boy and began to put down real roots. I'm proud to call Erie home and love that with the help of technology I can write freelance for anyone, anywhere!