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   Linda Roach

Resumé for Linda Roach

Professional Awards
Professional Experience
Education and Memberships

An award-winning writer and editor experienced at creative and comprehensive organization of projects, both as an individual and as leader of a group working toward a common goal. Special strengths in researching and analyzing medical, scientific, technical, and other complex issues, then producing understandable and readable prose.

Recipient of a Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health
These prestigious fellowships are awarded annually to six medical journalists in a national competition.

Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism
Served as the health/medical reporter on the Miami Herald news team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage that, the jury said, “helped readers cope with Hurricane Andrew's devastation.”

Sigma-Tau Foundation Award
Honored for reporting on Alzheimer's disease by the Sigma-Tau Foundation, the charitable wing of an Italian pharmaceutical company.

Penney-Missouri Award
The Miami Herald’s Living section won the Penney-Missouri Award as the best features section in the nation, based on a sampling of five issues that featured her byline on three out of the five lead stories.

Various medical-writing awards
Awards from societies including the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and Arthritis Foundation, for writing about consumer medical issues.

C.B. Blethen Memorial Award
Regional newspaper award for distinguished enterprise reporting, for stories on the public's radiation exposure from operations at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


2004 - Present
President, Fine Lines Communications, Inc.
Incorporated to accommodate the needs of a corporate clientele seeking writing and editing services for research-based publications about their products.

1995 - Present
Freelance Medical Writer and Editor
Commercial and scientific writing for medical clients including major ophthalmic drug and device manufacturers. Other clients have included EyeNet, the news magazine of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; Waggener-Edstrom Public Relations (for Microsoft PressPass); Mojo Productions (DVD script for a Hewlett-Packard project);; Consumer Reports magazine; HealthWatch, published by the Massachusetts Medical Society; and (in Portland) Oregon Health Forum, the Oregon Nurses Association, and the National Eczema Association for Science and Education.

Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health
A sabbatical year of study, travel and reporting on the topic of cultural barriers to medical care, with an emphasis on how the issue is manifested among immigrant populations in the U.S. Sunbelt.

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Health/Medical Reporter for the “Miami Herald”
Projects included spearheading and writing a special section that, for the first time in any American newspaper, told readers frankly how to protect themselves from AIDS. Was part of the news team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Andrew. Individually won the Sigma Tau Foundation award for reporting on Alzheimer’s disease. The Herald’s Living section won the Penney-Missouri Award as the best features section in the nation, with entries that had her byline on three out of five lead stories.

Science, medical and personal health reporter at “The Los Angeles Times”
Developed and wrote articles on issues ranging from biotechnology and gene therapy to endangered-species breeding and El Niño. Acquired expertise on health-care contracting and managed care. Won several national medical-writing awards.

Science editor for “The Oregonian”
Led a close-knit specialty team of reporters, photographers and graphic artists in producing a weekly color section. Reported on a wide variety of “hard science” topics, from high-energy physics to astronomy and geophysics.

Served as assigning and supervising editor on The Oregonian’s award-winning series, The Hanford Gamble. Also co-reported and wrote a special series that calculated, for the first time, how much radiation exposure Northwest residents received in the 1940s and ‘50s from Hanford. (These calculations were later confirmed in a multimillion-dollar federal study.)

Assistant city editor and deputy metropolitan editor, “The Oregonian”
Directed a newsroom of 100 reporters and editors. Scheduled staff, launched assignments, organized and motivated teams on special projects. Coordinated with other departments, and devised strategies for better covering the region. Previous to this, served as the newspaper’s suburban editor, managing a $1 million annual budget with more than 70 correspondents and seven staff reporters.

Copy editor, “The Arizona Daily Star” (Tucson) and the “Austin American-Statesman”
In addition to line copy editing, the positions included working with printers and layout, and supervising other copy editors in “the slot.”

Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing intern
Intensive training and summer internship program offering invaluable experience in the theory and practice of copy editing.

B.A. (journalism) from New Mexico State University, 1974.

Member, American Medical Writers Association.
Member, National Association of Science Writers. Activities have included representing NASW and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing at conventions of minority journalists.
Past member of the Board of Trustees, First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon (the largest church in the denomination).
An organizer and volunteer in various community organizations.
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