Resume

Bob Sassone
392 Main Street
Gloucester, MA. 01930

 

 

PROFILE

  • Fantastic written and oral communication skills.
  • Pop culture writer/blogger​ for several national and local magazines, newspapers, and ​web sites.
  • ​​​Very flexible and quick when it comes to writing breaking news and generating ideas.​
  • 20 years experience online.​
  • Several years experience blogging, podcasting, appearing on TV/radio.
  • Knowledge of Office, Photoshop, HTML, SEO and various CMS (WordPress, Blogger, etc).

I’ve been a writer and editor for 30 years and I’ve been online for over 20, writing about a variety of topics, including current events, television and film, food, technology, books, and advertising. Currently I write a weekly column for The Saturday Evening Post and contribute to Esquire and NY Mag’s Vulture.com. Since 1996 I have run my own site/blog and since 2002 I have run my own web magazine. I also published a book in 2003 titled Book, with Words and Pages, a collection of essays and short humor pieces. I’m currently working on my second book.

EXPERIENCE

Self-Employed
Writer
1988 – Present

Articles, columns, features, blog posts for several publications and sites, including Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, Vulture.com, USA Today, The Boston Herald, Salon, McSweeneys.net, North Shore Magazine, and several others.

AOL
Staff Writer/Editor
October 2005 – April 2011

Writer and editor for several AOL media/lifestyle sites, including TV Squad, Cinematical (film), Slashfood (food and drink)​, and Adjab (advertising)​. Produced over 10,000 news stories, columns, features, reviews, essays, op-ed pieces, and celebrity interviews. Participated in various podcasts, chats, and live blogging.

Weblogs, Inc.
Editor-In-Chief
March 2005 – September 2005

Editor-in-chief of TVSquad.com, one of the leading entertainment sites. Supervised over a dozen writers (staff and freelance), edited/scheduled posts in CMS, came up with new regular features and columns, promoted TV Squad on podcasts and in television interviews. Responsible for direction, tone, and overall feel of the site. (Company was bought by AOL and then I started working for them.)

Channel Surfer Journal
Editor
January 1995 – December 2000

Editor of monthly newsletter focusing on television. Wrote features, reviews, conducted interviews. In charge of distribution and mailing to subscribers.

Tripod.com
Community Editor
September 1996 – December 1998

Editor of The TV Lounge community. Wrote articles, columns, reviews, essays, and op-ed pieces. Wrote a weekly newsletter and moderated monthly web chats and forums. Responsible for overall direction of site.

RPM Magazine
Editor
August 1990 – June 1992

Editor of bimonthly music magazine. Hired and managed freelance writers, helped art director design magazine, and was in charge of contacting and working with all advertisers. Also wrote album reviews, wrote features, and interviewed musicians.

EDUCATION

Salem State College
Salem, MA
1986-87
Writing/Business

REFERENCES/CLIPS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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