Rick Kissell Resume
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Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
School: University of Southern California
Major: Print Journalism

Rick Kissell Resume

Los Angeles, CA 90036 | ------------ |------------

Detail-oriented journalism professional with significant experience in copy editing, fact checking and proofreading. Versatile writer with years of reporting experience in interpreting and summarizing data in thought-provoking analyses and feature stories. Highly knowledgeable in many aspects of the television business. Team player, incorporating strong communication skills to work well with a diverse group of colleagues. Brings passion, insight, curiosity, honesty and integrity to the table. Proven ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and possesses strong critical-thinking skills and excellent news judgment.

Copy Editing | Reporting | Proofreading | | Headline Writing | Fact-Checking | Research |
Analytical Thinking | Television Industry Experience | Flexibility | Interpersonal Relations

Full-time caregiver for terminally ill family member Thousand Oaks, California

Disney | ABC Television Group Burbank, California
Freelance Editor 2017-2018
• Wrote and edited press releases for distribution to media outlets.
• Consulted with editorial team on daily coverage plans.
• Updated network schedule grids for internal and external distribution.
• Researched, wrote and edited biographies of talent involved with ABC programs.
• Advised the publicity team on ratings trends concerning series airing on the Disney networks.

NBC Entertainment Universal City, California
Freelance Editor 2016
• Researched and wrote biographies of talent involved with NBC programs.
• Analyzed NBC’s primetime and late-night performance in ratings releases distributed to the press.
• Consulted with the network on its plans for the Television Critics Association tour.
• Wrote and edited press releases for distribution to media outlets.

Variety Los Angeles, California
Senior Editor 2012-2016
• Edited and produced sections of the weekly magazine, including Television, Broadway and Film.
• Advanced breaking news stories by conducting interviews, confirming facts and verifying statistics.
• Served on the editorial planning board, which set the day’s coverage across the company.
• Trained interns and others on staff on the intricacies of television ratings.
• Coordinated editorial coverage of major industry events, including awards shows and conferences.
• Contributed in key roles elsewhere in the company, including reporting on Broadway grosses and
updating advanced obituaries.

Television Ratings Reporter 2000-2016
• Reported breaking news on deadline, often self-publishing as many as 10 stories a day.
• Wrote timely reports analyzing the primetime ratings performance of the networks.
• Tracked all scheduling moves by the networks, reporting on their significance when warranted.
• Collaborated with reporter colleagues to produce dozens of trend-based stories for publication.
• Consulted with editorial team and graphics department on daily TV ratings coverage plans.
• Interviewed and discussed ratings with heads of programming and scheduling at the networks.
• Compiled the television industry’s deepest and most accurate ratings data for both online and
print publications, considered indispensable for many in the business.

Copy Editor 1997-2000
• Edited, fact-checked and wrote headlines for hundreds of stories on deadline.
• Wrote and edited more than 50 advanced obituaries on figures in the entertainment industry.
• Designed pages for both the daily and weekly editions of the newspaper.
• Took dictation from reporters on deadline for events such as the Academy Awards and Emmys.

Daily Press Victorville, California
News Editor 1995-1997 • Designed pages, wrote headlines and edited multiple sections of the daily newspaper.
• Served on the editorial board, making key decisions on how local news was covered.
• Contributed film reviews and feature stories to the Weekend edition of the newspaper.

Sports Reporter 1991-1994 • Covered area high school, junior college and minor-league sports teams.
• Wrote an award-winning media column, featuring coverage of local and regional teams.
• Created the well-regarded high school features Prep Portrait and Prep Football Update.

Microsoft Office Suite
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Content Management Software (Word Press)
Social Media

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Journalism, Editor, Writer