Crafting stories has been a passion of mine since childhood, writing short fiction and poems. The journalism bug bit during high school; something I attribute to my English teacher in freshman year, who also was the advisor for the school newspaper — and there was no turning back!
After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology — which has bode well as a longtime interviewer — my path led to years of writing content for newspapers and magazines, receiving regional, state and national awards.
I have long been known as the keeper of family relics. My home is the treasure trove of sepia and black-and-white photos of relatives and scribbled notes of their memories and lore. I have relished time spent intently listening to seniors relay stories of their early years; whether they are subjects I’m interviewing for a feature profile, or loved ones of my own. I have now ventured into the realm of writing personal histories; drawing on my extensive background as a feature writer.
My 30-year writing career has led me to myriad avenues where I've seen individuals and non-profit organizations making a difference. My passion for such causes paired with my strong ability to put a human (or animal) face to a problem or issue via a story infused with soul and heart is an asset when it comes to maximizing your grant application process. I have recently completed online coursework in fundamental and advanced grant writing, and am well familiar with the required submissions and resources.
Jennifer is that rare combination in a journalist, she is both an incredible writer and interviewer. I learned to interview by listening to Jennifer on the phone in the newsroom - she puts people at ease because she genuinely cares about what they're saying. In a similar vein, her writing is thorough and impassioned, she strings words together in a way that makes them sing.
- Emilie Karrick Surrusco
Assistant Director, Communications
Jennifer Shaw brings an uncommon intelligence and sensitivity to her writing; the world would benefit from more journalists like her.
- Eliot Schain
Poet, Psychotherapist and Educator
Jennifer is an attentive, empathetic listener. She has a way of interviewing that puts people at ease. Many have spoken of her great ability to take the information she has heard and weave it into an accurate and fascinating article. Her three decades of writing experience are very easy to observe. Because of Jennifer's inquisitive, articulate, trustworthy work, people take great delight in reading what she has written.
- Rev. Dr. Shel White