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Tina A. Brown writes, edits and produces quality stories in multimedia formats. She also lectures and mentors students about self-esteem, gun violence and HIV/AIDS prevention. Her company offers a total range of services that will boost your brand and articulate your mission.

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2009 Resumefor Tina A Brown

  1. 1. Tina A. Brown<br />P.O. Box 13344<br />Savannah, Ga. 31416<br /><br />860-985-9621<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Hiring Managers, <br />It is a pleasure to introduce myself to you. I’m an excellent candidate for projects that require research, lecturing, writing, editing and multi-media production.<br />I also have experience in fundraising and program development. I’m an excellent lecturer, trainer and facilitator. I can help you shape your company’s brand and trouble shoot problems you may have articulating your vision to the general public.<br />I’m an author and publisher, who has committed to promoting my books and the causes behind them. I am available to speak and lecture in all educational settings about writing with confidence; web film story telling; developing self-esteem and accomplishing your dreams; and HIV/AIDS and violence prevention. My students always come away from my classes with growing confidence that they will succeed.<br />I think you will conclude after reviewing my resume and supporting documents that I am the best qualified candidate who must be hired for the job. I look forward to hearing from you.<br /> <br />Sincerely, <br /> <br />Tina A. Brown<br />TINA A. BROWN<br /> P.O. Box 13344 <br /> Savannah, Ga. 31416<br /><br />EXPERIENCE SUMMARY<br />Exceptional public speaker and award-winning journalist<br />Motivational mentor, writing coach and workshop leader for aspiring journalists and high-risk high school students<br />Published author and publisher<br />Contributed to newsmakers panels on public and commercial radio and television stations about top news stories, including New England Cable News, TV Channel 61 Behind the Headlines, CPTV, WNPR and WTIC radio stations<br />Experienced adjunct writing instructor and SAT verbal coach at Capital Community College, Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Career Beginnings and Goodwin College Bridges to Success/CONN/CAP programs.<br /> Creator and editor of informative multimedia print and video web and newspaper content.<br />PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE<br />Multimedia Freelance Journalist, Savannah, Ga. <br />Currently writing general assignment news, business, features and entertainment stories; producing and editing video stories for The Savannah Morning News and I’m looking for new opportunities to enhance my portfolio. <br />Author Publisher, TAB BROWN PUBLISHING LLC <br />Wrote and published, “Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan,” a work of <br />Literary non-fiction based upon 10 years of reporting about a black family with AIDS. The book is distributed worldwide by the Independent Publishers Group and Chicago Press Review.<br />Criminal Justice Writer, The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT <br />Wrote riveting crime stories and courtroom tales about people entangled in Hartford’s state and federal criminal and civil courts. Covered significant enterprise, investigative and breaking news stories about social trends associated with poverty in multimedia formats. <br />Staff Writer, The Asbury Park Press, Neptune, N.J. <br />Wrote hard news stories about the towns of Matawan, Aberdeen, Manchester and Lakehurst, including how the town of Manchester went bankrupt after an official stole millions of dollars to cover gambling debts.<br />Staff Writer, The Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass. <br />Wrote political, education and features stories about the towns of Dennis and Yarmouth; crime and court stories from Barnstable court.<br />Staff Writer, The Macon Telegraph, Macon, Ga. <br />Wrote religion stories, obituaries and crime stories.<br />AWARDS <br />1st Place, Connecticut Society for Professional Journalists, general reporting category for the Hartford Public Library series.<br /> <br />1st Place, Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in the single story, 75,000-199,999 <br />Circulation category for the story “From Pain, Family,” from The Casey Journalism Center at the <br />University of Maryland. <br />1st Place, Excellence in News Writing, The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association: “From Pain, Family.”<br />1st Place, General Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter: “Takira.” <br />Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, “Let’s Do it Better” race and ethnicity award. <br />Pulitzer Prize, Breaking News category, for The Hartford Courant’s coverage produced by 36 journalists for the deadly shootings at the Connecticut Lottery.<br />COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER <br />Volunteer Program Coordinator and Fundraising Chair, W.W. Law Foundation <br />Coordinator of the non-profit foundation’s 2009-2010 `Continuing to Pass the Torch’ fund-raising campaign. Efforts include cultivating the organization’s online social media networks, direct mail and community and corporate partnerships.<br />VOLUNTEER EDITOR OF ASPIRING JOURNALISTS<br />Volunteer Editor, The Monitor <br />Organized and coordinated professional and student staffs for the college student newspaper of the National Association of Black Journalists Convention for two years; and worked as an assignment editor.<br />Volunteer Editor, Metro Bridge <br /> <br />Organized and coordinated of professional and student staffs and served as production editor for Metro Bridge, the now-defunct quarterly newspaper, published by The Hartford Courant for high school students. <br />SAT Prep volunteer instructor for Hartford Alumnae Chapter, of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.<br />Created the verbal syllabus for team of verbal instructors preparing high school students for the SAT exam.<br />EDUCATION<br />Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, La., Bachelor of Arts <br />EDUCATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS <br />Rotary International, Group Study Exchange Fellowship, Lagos Nigeria <br /> <br />The Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism: “Covering the Police in Times of Crisis,” USC Annenberg School for Communication.<br />The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, short course on public health reporting. <br />The former Institute of Journalism Education’s Summer Program for Minority Journalists, (renamed the Maynard Institute) University of California at Berkeley, CA<br />MEMBERSHIPS<br />National Association of Black Journalists; Faith Congregational Church; Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Greater Hartford Chapter of Links, Inc. Currently transferring memberships to First Congregational Church of Savannah, The Savannah Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Savannah Chapter of The Links Inc.<br />SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & Book Exhibits<br />Book Promotion event, National Association of Black Journalist Convention, August 2007, Las Vegas.Harlem Book Fair, Hartford Public Library, September 2007Book Promotion Lecture, Theater Works Hartford and The NorthEnd Agents Newspaper Company's Splendid Evenings, September, 2007Book Promotion Lecture, Victory Gardens Transitional Families Program at New Vision International Ministries, Bridgeport, Conn., Sponsored by The Jackie Starks Foundation, October, 2007Book Promotion Lecture, Opus Art Inc. youth project, Hartford, Conn. Nov. 5, 2007<br />Book Promotion Lecture Rambuh Family Center’s teen mother’s workshop, Nov. 6, 2007.Book Promotion Lecture, Zezzo AIDS Residential House, Annual Board Meeting, Hartford, Conn., Nov. 10, 2007Book Promotion Lecture, Capital Community College, Hartford, Conn. Nov. 14, 2007.Book Promotion showcase, Health Fair at The Word Church with Recording Artist Yolanda Adams, Sponsored by Radio-One Cleveland, Nov. 28, 2007.<br />Book Promotion Lecture, Positive Plus Women’s Support Organization, Sponsored by Yvonne Pointer, Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2007.<br />Pre-World AIDS Day Panel Discussion: Hartford, Conn. Institute of Community Research, Nov. 30, 2007.WNPR Radio, “Where We Live” public radio talk show: a book discussion to promote World AIDS Day, Nov. 30, 2007.Book Promotion Lecture, World AIDS Day, Rise Up, Hartford, Conn., Trinity College, Sponsored by the Institute of Community Research, AIDS Project Hartford; The Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition and other interested groups, December, 1, 2007.Pre-Release Book Discussion, Hartford Public Library's History Room, Dec. 6, 2007.“A Gathering of AIDS Stories” at Faith Congregational (UCC) Church, Hartford, Conn., Sponsored by TAB Brown Publishing, CeCe Jones Ministries and AIDS Project Hartford, Dec. 9, 2007.<br />Author’s Showcase & book-signing, CT HIV Planning Consortium, book signing, Dec. 19, 2007,<br />Author’s Showcase & book-signing., The Village of Families and Children, Adolescent Parenting Class, Dec. 19, 2007<br />Community Kwanza celebration, Euclid, Ohio, Dec. 26, 2007.<br />Author's Showcase & book- signing breakfast, Greater Bethel AME Church, Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 28, 2007, Sponsored by The Eddie Belle White Missionary Society & The Senior Choir.<br />Author’s Showcase & book-signing, Hogar Crea International of Connecticut’s substance abuse program, Hartford, Conn., Jan. 7, 2007.<br />Author’s Showcase & book-signing, Faith Congregational (UCC) Church, Hartford, Conn., Jan. 8, 2008.<br />Author’s Showcase community gathering, Opus Art Gallery, Hartford, Conn., Jan. 19, 2008.<br />Hot-Topic Forum & book-signing University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work, Feb. 11, 2008.<br />Author’s Showcase & book-signing, New Britain Museum, New Britain, Conn., Feb. 6, 2008.<br />National Black AIDS Awareness Day, City Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 7, 2008.<br />Author’s online read-a-thon, Feb. 7, 2008.<br />Author’s Showcase & book-signing, New Britain Museum, New Britain, Conn. Feb. 13, 2008.<br />Author’s Showcase & book-signing, African-American Cultural Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, Feb. 21, 2008.<br />Author’s Showcase & book-signing, Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford, Conn. Feb. 22, 2008.<br />Author’s Showcase & book-signing, Town & County luncheon, Hartford, Conn., Feb. 25, 2008.<br />Nieman Narrative Writer’s Workshop, Boston, Mass., March 14-16, 2008.<br />Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition and Women End the Course of AIDS Now with Naomi Tutu., May 30, 2008.<br />Author’s Showcase, Links Inc., Assembly, Seattle, Washington. July 2-6, 2008.<br />Author’s Showcase, Unity Journalism Convention, Chicago, Ill., July 23-26, 2008.<br />St. Vincent Elementary Teachers’ Book Club, August, 2008.<br />St. Agnes Home for pregnant mothers, Book-signing, West Hartford, CT., September 2008.<br />Middle School Teachers and Librarians Book Club, Simsbury, CT., September 2008.<br />YWCA Girls Leadership program, Hartford CT., middle school and high school workshops, November 2008.<br />The Hartford Health and Human Services Department, high school enrichment program, Weaver High School, November 2008.<br />No More Drama Book Club, Bloomfield, CT, November 2008.<br />YWCA Girls Leadership program, Hartford, CT., February 2009.<br />Goodwin College Bridges to Success CONN/CAP Program, East Hartford, CT.,, February 2009.<br />Second Annual Internet Read-In at in recognition of National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day, Savannah February 2009.<br />Author’s Showcase lecture, Union Mission-Savannah, April 2009.<br />Author’s Showcase lecture, The Live Oak Public Library, Savannah Ga., April 2009.<br />Author’s Showcase, Seeds of Faith Bookstore, Savannah, Ga., May 2009.<br />Author’s Showcase lecture, Augusta Department of Health, August, Ga., July 11, 2009. <br />Panelist, National Association of Black Journalist Convention, Tampa, Fla., August 2009.<br />MEDIA PRESS RELEASE<br />Author/Journalist Tina A. Brown Continues National Dialogue about AIDS in the Black Community and its Links to Poverty, Addiction and Abuse<br /> " Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan" Puts Human Face on AIDS Epidemic Author Continues National Dialogue Book Describes the Phenomenal Life of an African American Woman with HIV who Struggled to Survive and Gave Hope to Many<br />For Immediate Release:<br />Contact: Tina A. Brown<br />(860) 985-9621<br /><br />SAVANNAH - Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan is a phenomenal and personal journey of how Linda Carole Jordan, a woman whose life was a struggle just to survive, became a messenger of hope for families coping with AIDS. The book also shows how the HIV virus is tied to social issues in urban America.<br />Linda emerged in the 1990s as an advocate who believed that people like her, those who lived day by day with the AIDS pandemic, were under-represented in the nation’s public health prevention campaigns. This book takes the reader down the path taken by Linda, a second-generation welfare recipient and a recovering heroin addict, over five harrowing decades in Hartford, Conn., one of America’s poorest cities.<br />Based upon 12 years of interviews by award-winning reporter Tina A. Brown, the book is a riveting narrative of Linda’s colorful yet troubled life. This work of literary non-fiction is written with the immediacy of a novel. It weaves together stories told by Linda and her family; the author’s detailed observations; and documents about Linda and her family provided by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.<br />Crooked Road Straight puts a human face to the statistics of a community that continues to cope with the AIDS virus in secrecy. African-American women like Linda accounted for 67 percent of the estimated AIDS cases in 2004, but only 13 percent of the female population in the U.S., according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.<br />More than half of the more than one million Americans estimated to be living with HIV in the United States are African Americans. HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects the Black community in 2006, which makes up 13 percent of the population. In 2006, Blacks accounted for 45 percent of all new infections. Infection rates among Blacks are seven times as high as for whites – 83.7 per 100,000 verses 11.5 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infection rates for Blacks are three times higher than Hispanics, which account for 29.3 per 100,000, another community disproportionately affected. <br />TAB Brown Publishing invites those committed to HIV/AIDS prevention to read and share an electronic version of the Prologue and Chapter One of “Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan” on its website<br />Readers are encouraged through Internet advertising, blogs, radio and newspaper announcements to read it and to share their thoughts about the book with their peers online. This campaign is geared toward raising awareness about the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in the United States.<br />TAB Brown Publishing hopes to attract the attention of social workers, counselors, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse providers, book clubs, students and the general public. Customers are invited to purchase books directly from national and independent bookstores and online retailers. The book is distributed by the Independent Publishers Group and Chicago Press Review. <br /> <br />Linda’s recovery began in 1989 after she threatened suicide on the steps of the Blue Hills Treatment Center in Hartford. She was homeless, HIV positive and had lost custody of her three youngest daughters to foster care.<br />Rather than be defeated, Linda found God and reversed the course of her life. She recovered from her addiction, regained custody of her children and lived for 21 years without medication.<br />In 1994, Linda was one of the first African-American women in the U.S. to pose for AIDS prevention posters with her husband and her children. Nearly 20,000AIDS prevention posters and billboards produced by the Concerned Citizens for Humanity, a non-profit organization in Hartford, continue to circulate around the globe. Linda overcame unbearable trials and became a pioneering force in the AIDS community<br />Journalist/Author Tina A. Brown is available for media interviews and speaking engagements. Review this book and schedule interviews today. <br />ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br />Award-winning journalist Tina A. Brown is a former staff writer at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant specializing in crime and justice issues. Her journalism career began at The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph. She has also worked a staff writer at The Cape Cod (Mass.) Times and The Asbury Park (NJ) Press. Throughout her career, Tina covered politics and education, ultimately becoming best known for her crime stories and tales of poor people battling social issues. Most specifically, she’s covered street violence, gangs, criminal courts and various trends linked to urban poverty.<br />Tina is an occasional TV talk show guest on New England Cable News and WTIC-TV FOX 61, “Beyond the Headlines.” She is also a contributor to, WNPR radio and Northeast, the Courant’s Sunday magazine.<br />She has been a member of several award-winning writing teams, including: the Hartford Courant’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Connecticut lottery shootings (; the 2007 Casey Medal award winners for exemplary reporting on children and families (; and the 2006 Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s Excellence award for its coverage of lesbian families ( She has also served on teams that won the 2004 Sigma Delta Chi National Public Service award in Magazine Journalism, and The Stephen A. Collins Public Service award in 2004 for “Complicity: How Connecticut Chained Itself to Slavery,” an 80-page special issue of Northeast.<br />In 2002, Tina won acclaim from the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for “Takira,’’ the Northeast magazine story about a 7-year-old who was shot in the face by a drug dealer’s bullet. She won first-place in 2002 for spot news from The New England Associated Press News Executives for the story “This is Takira.” Additionally, she was among a team of reporters in 1999 awarded the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s “Let’s Do it Better,’’ citation for an 18-month exploration into the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old African-American robbery suspect by a white police officer in Hartford. <br />Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tina relocated to Savannah, Ga., in the fall 2008. She is a graduate of Southern A&M University in Baton Rouge, La., with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has earned other journalism certificates from the Maynard Institute’s Summer Program for Minority Journalists at the University of California at Berkeley; The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation short course on public health in 1995; and The Western Knight Fellowship in 2001 for “Covering the Police in Times of Crisis” at the University of Southern California.<br />In 2004, Tina traveled to Lagos, Nigeria where she visited HIV/AIDS testing sites as a member of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange program.<br /> <br />Tina has volunteered as an SAT prep instructor of high school students in Hartford and mentored aspiring journalists across the nation for The National Association of Black Journalists. She is an avid collector of African-American fine art, an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (, The Greater Hartford Chapter of The Links Inc. and The Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She attended Faith Congregational (UCC) Church in Hartford.<br />Tina relocated to Savannah, Ga. in December 2008. She is working as a freelance writer.<br />