For more than 13 years, since my honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, I’ve worked as a writer in both full-time and freelance capacities. Here’s my resume, complete with contact information:
2006 – Now: Blogger. I maintain several blogs: Richard Zowie (my life and thoughts as a writer); From A to Zowie (the official blog of my From A to Zowie column); Richard’s Two Shekels (the official blog of my Richard’s Two Shekels column); and Ponderings From Pluto (my satirical news blog). I also have blogged for Bleacher Report.
2000 – Now: Journalist. Currently, I work as a reporter for the Genesee County Herald. I have worked as a staff writer for the Oxford (Mich.) Leader. I also have worked as a freelance news and features writer and photographer for the Flint Journal Community Newspapers, including Clio Messenger, Flushing Observer and Davison Flagstaff. Currently, I am a freelance writer for Illinois-based Recreation Management magazine. Have also written news, feature, sports and editorials and have taken photographs for several Texas and Michigan publications including the (Lapeer) County Press, San Antonio Express-News and San Antonio-based Prime Time Newspapers. As a civilian journalist working for military newspapers, my work has also appeared on Air Force News.
November 2009 – Now: Fuel clerk, Kroger fuel center. I work in a kiosk and process customers’ transactions for gas, diesel, automotive supplies and other items such as soft drinks and tobacco. I also do cash reports and input fuel reports and surveys into a computer for company reference.
2000 – Now: Columnist. I write two columns: From A to Zowie, which is my views on current events, politics, social issues, sports and anything else “from A to Zowie”. This column currently appears in the Beeville (Texas) Bee-Picayune, the Genesee County Herald and has appeared in several other publications. Richard’s Two Shekels deals with Christian issues. It has appeared in the San Antonio Christian Beacon, Saworship.com and in other publications.
June 2000 – June 2007: Broadcaster. Have worked at Gospel 1230 WMPC, Lapeer, Mich. and in San Antonio at News Talk 550 KTSA, AM 630 KSLR and AM 930 KLUP. Duties have included running a control board, working as a disk jockey, recording news broadcasts, playing programs, making on-air announcements, call screening and guest hosting live talk shows.
June 30, 2003 – Nov. 18, 2003: Production analyst. Welder Exploration and Production, Inc. Responsible for maintaining paperwork on well files along with filing daily, weekly and monthly reports for various oil and gas wells across south Texas.
1996 – 2000: Russian language voice interceptor. United States Army, San Antonio, TX. Cleared for top secret information and granted access to sensitive compartmented information by the Department of Defense, based on a single scope background investigation. Two feature articles published in Globe magazine, the official publication of Defense Language Institute in Presidio of Monterey, Calif. Military service contract ended on February 21, 2000.
Michigan Associated Press – Top Contribution, Dec. 2006, Story of a man charged with a triple murder; Honorable Mention, April 2007, Story of a girl who made a dress out of candy wrappers. Honorable Mention, May 2007, Story of a man being convicted of the triple murder.
Air Force News – As a journalist, several pieces of my work have been reprinted on Air Force News. Stories have included features on a Korean War pilot, a former Vietnam War prisoner of war receiving his “finis” flight at Randolph Air Force Base, a profile on glaucoma and a column regarding the death of my cousin at the hands of a drunk driver.
SOFTWARE USED AND SPECIAL SKILLS
Microsoft Word, Pagemaker and Photoshop. Can type 77 w.p.m.
1998: Diploma,Electronic VoiceInterceptorSchool, Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas.
1998: Diploma, Russian Basic Course,Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif.
1995: B.A., History (with an English minor), PensacolaChristianCollege, Pensacola, Fla.
Available upon request.
Here’s a link to a page containing my writing samples.