About Lee Reeder
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In my 40-year career I have been everything from a beat photojournalist to the top editor for community newspapers, international magazines, and healthcare leadership and management publications. I have served as marketing director for an advertising agency and editorial director for a multi-title publishing company, with responsibility for six magazines and journals.
From the time I was in junior high I was writing stories for my school newspaper, and was chosen to be the editor of the school annual. I became interested in photography at the age of 12 and by the age of 16 I was spending much of my free time in the darkroom. So I always knew what I wanted to be and do when I grew up, and writing and photography have always been central to my life.
My photography has been a big part of a lifelong journalism and writing career. .At the age of 19, I began working professionally as a photojournalist in the U.S. Army in the former West Germany and ran a public affairs office for a 9,000-member military community in four German cities. At the young age of 30 I was promoted to editor in chief of the largest weekly community newspaper in San Diego County. A year later I was chosen to become editor of a new national magazine for fire and rescue personnel. Eight years later, I was promoted to editorial director for Rescue Magazine (Now Fire-Rescue), JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services), AirMed, Air Medical Journal, EMS Insider and Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.
In 1995 I began working full-time as a freelance writer and ghostwriter, creating Winning Words, which has served a diverse group of clients from all over the country. As a freelancer, I have also been an editorial leader, as editor in chief of the American Hospital Association publications American Governance & Leadership Report and Quality Improvement & Patient Safety. With Winning Words I also plan and support public relations and media campaigns for non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Over the past decade, my clients have increasingly taken advantage of the combination of my writing, design, and photographic talents—a unique package for any type of business seeking to promote products, people, projects and programs. My search engine optimization services have vaulted organizations far ahead of their competitors on the Internet.
As a freelancer I have provided editorial management services for periodical publishers, managing the entire editorial process, including peer review. I have worked behind the scenes as a ghostwriter for several prominent leaders in the fields of leadership development, environmental stewardship, healthcare management, and quality improvement. I have designed brochures, annual reports, websites, social media platforms and even entire high-quality print magazines. My writing and ghostwriting clients are successful organizational leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners who need to communicate, but are too busy doing what they do best.
Although I am located in Southern California, I travel often and serve clients nationwide. Call me today to see how winning words can help you succeed.
Ghostwriter, Writing Coach, Photographer, Graphic Designer and Editorial Manager
See more of my photography at my blog, “On Images and Imagery”