Whitney Palmer

Healthcare. Politics. Family.


Whitney J. Palmer

(m) 919-257-9865

http://www.whitneyljhowell.com                                                                  whitneyljhowell@gmail.com

Freelancer April 2010-present

Holly Springs, N.C.

Healthcare, science, research, political, business, education, parenting journalist; press release writing; profiles; novel manuscript editing; speech writing; ghostwriting.

Clients: Association of American Medical Colleges, American Hospital Association, The Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Raleigh News & Observer, Sigma-Aldrich, Boom! NC Magazine, MedCity News, Diverse Issues in Higher Education (DiverseEducation.com), Duke University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Carolina Public Health magazine (alumni magazine for the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health), Civic Ventures, DukeMed Magazine, DukeMed Alumni News, Duke University School of Nursing alumni magazine, Furman University Alumni Magazine, Furman University Music Magazine, GenomeLIFE (magazine for the Duke University Institute for Genome Science & Policy), Gist from the Mill (magazine for Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute), UNC Business (alumni magazine for the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler School of Business), DiagnosticImaging.com, Burt’s Bees, University of Utah Health Sciences, Billian’s HealthDATA/Porter Research, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Eastern Carolina University Health System, WakeMed Health & Hospital System, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Points of Light Institute, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Rheumatology Network, Duke University Department of Surgery newsletter, Duke Vision Magazine, Duke Cancer Institute Breakthroughs, Lam Andrews, GE, University Radiology, Dermatology Times, PaxeraHealth, Springboard.

Fellowship: United Nations Foundation/World Health Organization Press Fellowship in Global Health; World Health Assembly; Geneva, Switzerland, May 19-23, 2013

Associate Director of P.R & Communications UNC School of Nursing July 2007-April 2010

Chapel Hill, N.C.

Created and managed content, designed and produced alumni and research magazines with subscriber base between 7,000 and 10,000; wrote press releases, pitched stories and developed media plans for School’s research and clinical accomplishments; managed re-design of School’s homepage; launched and maintained School’s Blog, Twitter and Flickr accounts; coordinated, managed and created copy for School’s new e-newsletter; cultivated relationships with local, regional and national reporters; managed publicity for School events.

P.R. Specialist/Medical Writer Duke Medical Center News Office Oct. 2005-June 2007

Durham, N.C.

Wrote press releases, pitched stories and developed media plans for 11 beat areas within Duke University Health System, including women’s health, emergency medicine and the Duke Diet & Fitness Center; wrote stories that appeared in Inside Duke magazine; cultivated relationships with local, regional and national reporters; worked closely with Duke Marketing to publicize key initiatives and events.

Staff writer/Reporter Association of American Medical Colleges Sept. 2003-Oct. 2005

Washington, D.C.

Reported and wrote half of monthly national newsletter serving U.S. and Canadian medical schools and teaching hospitals; edited outside medical and in-house publications. Covered healthcare topics, including stem cell research, the uninsured and international medical aid.

Reporter/Editor United Communications Group Jan. 2003-Sept. 2003

Rockville, Md.

Report, wrote and edited monthly national newsletter on outpatient Medicare payment systems; moderated national conference bridges on various medical issues, including emergency medical care and outpatient clinic services.

Government Reporter Montgomery Journal Oct. 2001-Dec. 2002

Rockville, Md.

Covered local, state and nationally-watched congressional elections. Reported on county council issues, including the budget, public health and transportation packages. Covered County budgetary expenditures during sniper attacks of fall 2002. Covered all topics related to religion in the county.

Freelancer United Press International Fall 2001

Washington, D.C.

Covered Sept. 11, Capitol Hill, business and science issues.

By-lined Intern Roll Call May 2001-Aug. 2001

Washington, D.C.

Wrote political features on retired Members of Congress; congressional reporting.


Activities and Achievements

Former co-editor of Washington, D.C., Professional Society of Professional Journalists newsletter (2001-2002)

Society of Professional Journalists member

National Association of Science Writers member

American Medical Writers Association member

Editorial Freelancers Association member

Association of Health Care Journalists member

Election stringer for the Associated Press

Computer Skills

Working knowledge of Dreamweaver

All Microsoft Office applications

Adobe Acrobat

Working knowledge of Adobe InDesign


M.A. International Print Journalism/Public Affairs                The American University 2001

B.A. Business Administration/German                               Furman University          2000


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