Cindy Dampier

2040 W. Shakespeare Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

312-286-6406 . csdampier@gmail.com

 

 

EXPERIENCE

Chicago Tribune

Trib Magazine Editor

2009-present

Edit and produce the Tribune's highest-quality editorial product, Trib magazine, each month, from idea generation and concept for each print and online issue through production of finished content. Also edit and produce home design and garden stories weekly.

Making the most of the broad creative control I've been given, I deliver online and print content which is highly visual and engaging, resulting in readers who act on my ideas and editorial choices, from a video series featuring the city's top bartenders, to a tightly edited and highly anticipated holiday gift guide. Constant research into trends helps me keep my editorial point of view sharp and deliver informed, timely, actionable content.

Additional responsibilities:

•managing freelance reporters

•creating a network of local and national sources

•assigning and sourcing photos

•styling photo shoots, working closely with photographers and art directors on visuals

Writer

2007-present

Generate large-scale projects and stories intended to cross sections of the paper.   Top editors customized my job description to enable my contributions as a writer, including a wide-ranging series of profiles intended to appear in any section, from business to arts to lifestyles or news. Favorite work includes a profile of a Gary steel worker who is bringing new life to a Chicago musical form; a tattoo artist who is transforming the lives and bodies of mastectomy patients, magazine covers on Oregon food travel and several food covers with large reader response both online and via direct contact. A year-long project documenting a prairie restoration received extensive online attention and has been tagged as a singular piece of work submitted by editors for award consideration. In addition, I create home entertaining packages as a producer who conceptualizes ideas, executes them, styles visuals and writes copy that inspires readers to try those ideas at home.

Editor

2007-2009

Recruited to Tribune staff as an editor on the Home & Garden section, combining a longtime avocation — a love of design — with editorial expertise.  Responsible for ideas and concept, including some visual direction, of garden coverage and home design stories.  Produced series of entertaining pieces and guides to vintage sources around Chicago, developed contacts in the worlds of design and gardening.

 

People Magazine

Midwest Bureau Chief

1997-2007

Promoted from staff reporter to lead coverage in 14 Midwest states and parts of Canada for the nation's largest-circulation magazine with a readership of 28 million - the youngest person ever to hold one of the magazine’s 6 bureau chief positions around the world. 

Managed all stories throughout the region, primarily national news stories with some celebrity news coverage as well, directing a staff of 8 and constantly recruiting and managing freelance and contract staff.  Responsible for regional budget, performance reviews, coordinating with advertising department, and all managerial duties.  In addition, was the point person on negotiations for key celebrity stories such as ongoing coverage of Oprah Winfrey and Nashville's country music business, managed relationships which were worth millions of dollars to the magazine in resulting cover sales. 

Fostered relationships with sources throughout the music business, creating opportunities for coverage and helping to launch new specialty editorial products based on these opportunities. Built a reputation for solid news judgment, graceful managerial presence and dedication.

 

Reporter

1988-1997

While still completing school, became a correspondent covering stories in the Southeast.  General assignments included crime, human interest and a 23-foot python that was discovered underneath a South Florida home.  Traveled throughout the Southeast, covering serial killers, church burnings and other major crime stories and competing with CNN and other national press on news stories. Also reported general features and profiles on authors, musicians, entertainers and race car drivers.

 

EDUCATION

University of Miami, BS Journalism

Stanford University Professional Publishing Course

 

OTHER

Past board member, Chicago Headline Club, Society of Professional Journalists

 

REFERENCES

Upon request