Ann Ferrar

Journalist, Author and Editor, USA



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Ann Ferrar


Curriculum Vitae



Highly skilled at reporting, distilling and adapting complex medical literature and interviews to lively, accessible prose for consumers and patients. More than twenty years of experience in both freelance and editorial positions on-staff.

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FREELANCE JOURNALISM, PRINT PUBLICATIONS:

New York Times, Newsday, Ladies' Home Journal, Health Monitor Network, Mamm: Women, Cancer and Community, Redbook Magazine, InTouch: The Good Health Guide to Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Environmental Nutrition, Weight Watchers Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Bates Healthworld publications, including MS Alliance Exchange and Seasons Magazine for Women.


WEB CONTENT:

GE Healthymagination.com: Wrote articles on innovations in biomedical research and FDA-approved treatments for various disorders. Client: GE Healthcare.

Breastcancer.org: Edited compilation of physicians’ answers to women’s most frequently asked questions on breast cancer.

Brookhaven National Laboratory: Wrote science news for print publications and website of U.S. Department of Energy high-energy physics laboratory.

Sciens Worldwide Advertising: Developed, researched and wrote multi-part consumer/​patient education handbook on post-menopausal osteoporosis, including interactive quiz, for women’s health web site. Client: Berlex Laboratories.

Health Information Publications: Developed, researched and wrote 40-page consumer/​patient education handbook on prevention and treatment of clinical depression.



EDITORIAL POSITIONS, ON-STAFF

Deputy Editor, InTouch: The Good Health Guide to Cancer Prevention and Treatment: Edited and wrote biomedical articles for magazine on cancer care. Emphasis on narrative medicine, laboratory bench-to-bedside approach and fighting cancer in the context of human interest. Worked with managing editor on planning issue content. Provided editorial guidance to, and edited articles by, freelancers to ensure accuracy and accessibility of complex material. Wrote original features and news reports on cancer research, clinical trials and FDA-approved innovations.

Senior Writer, Communications, March of Dimes Foundation: Wrote award-winning public health education and communications literature on maternal and infant health, including: Program literature on medical and outreach initiatives related to low-birthweight infants, drug use and HIV/​AIDS; newsletters; annual reports; patient-education pamphlets and handbooks; documentary scripts; advertorials; video news releases; public service announcements; and audio-visual presentations for physicians. Managed projects, consulted with medical advisory board, program directors, executive director and trustees.

Senior Writer, Communications, State University of New York at Stony Brook: Wrote newsletter articles and other literature about research and treatment initiatives and programs at University Medical Center and academic campus.

Medical Editor/​Writer, Edelman Medical Communications: Wrote consumer and patient education materials, press kits, brochures, handbooks, scripts for documentaries and video news releases for pharmaceutical clients at events ranging from symposia to launches of new drugs and medical devices. Ghosted articles and audio-visual presentations for physicians.



PROJECTS IN OTHER MEDIA:

Haymarket Media Group: Wrote CD-ROM script for interactive, continuing medical education course in understanding and treating sleep disorders in elderly patients. Client: Sanofi-Aventis U.S.

Manhattan District Attorney’s Office: Wrote documentary/​outreach script, Community Advocates for Drug Prevention

March of Dimes Foundation: Wrote documentary script, Delivering Small Miracles: Advances in Neonatal Intensive Care

Whitehall-Robins Laboratories: Wrote training script with physical education teachers' guide, Sport Sense II: Preventing and Treating Sports Injuries to Achieve Peak Performance


EDITING AND WRITING POSITIONS (ON-STAFF) AT PUBLICATIONS FOR WOMEN, ENTERTAINMENT AND GENERAL-INTEREST:


Entertainment Editor, Redbook Magazine: Assigned, edited and rewrote articles, including celebrity cover profiles, medical and human-interest narratives.

Staff Writer, Time Inc.: Wrote celebrity cover stories, reviews and entertainment news items for niche magazine covering broadcast and cable programming.

Associate Editor and Reporter, United Feature Syndicate: Wrote and edited syndicated newspaper features and columns on health, entertainment, lifestyles and general-interest. Articles and columns were published nationwide in major newspapers such as The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Newsday.

AWARDS:

Recognized with three awards for written components of March of Dimes Foundation "Men Have Babies Too" public health education, awareness and outreach initiative:

* NonProfit Times Star Award;
* Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies (HMHB) Award;
* March of Dimes Foundation National Communications Award

EDUCATION:
Brooklyn College, City University of New York: Graduated cum laude with B.A. in Journalism and Concentration in TV/​Radio and Communications

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
New York University: Continued Studies in Documentary Script Writing and Production


MEMBER:
Authors Guild
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Literacy Volunteers of America


All contents Copyright © 1996, 2000, 2002, 2012 Ann Ferrar. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or stored in any media without written permission from the author.

Selected Works

Narrative Non-Fiction:
"A woman's symphony on the road."

New York Times

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