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My Resume

Elizabeth Montalbano · Twitter: @lizoleeta ·

Career Objective

Writing, editing or other creative responsibilities for a respected Web site, media outlet, blog, research firm, publishing company or marketing or public relations team

Career Experience

 May 2014 to May 2015, Contributing Writer, The VAR Guy

  • Researched and wrote daily news stories about Internet and data security as well as other information technology (IT) topics for a website and journal targeting value-added resellers and solution providers in the IT industry

 April 2013 to September 2014, General Manager, Casa Boa Vista guest house

  • Designed and managed a guest house in the town of Aljezur in the Costa Vicentina natural park in Portugal’s Algarve region. Oversaw the design and decoration of the house, cleaning and upkeep, holiday bookings, and guest hospitality during the busy holiday season in the region.

 April 2012 to Present, Contributing Writer, Design News

Highlights: Am often called upon to work outside of my normal area of coverage on general assignment and other special topics because of my reputation as a competent writer and reseacher who can turn around engaging stories quickly and accurately

  • Research and write daily news blogs and feature stories for a website and journal targeting contemporary engineers and designers. Main topics of research and reporting include design concepts like mechatronics, biomimicry and energy harvesting, as well as green technology and topics related to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics education of children, known as “STEM” in the industry

 February 2010 to April 2012, Contributing Writer, Informationweek

  • Researched and wrote daily news articles covering technology in the federal government and public sector for a website and journal targeting information technology professionals

October 2009 to February 2010, Freelance Writer

Highlights: Work independently, quickly and accurately, and can cover any number of topics with an authoritative, confident voice. Have experience and am comfortable with writing in a range of styles and genres, including news articles, feature articles, blog posts, white papers and opinion articles, among others.

  • Researched and wrote news articles and features covering the small-business market for CNNMoney, among other publications

May 2010 to October 2011, Proprietor and Creative Director, Pogo Gallery

Highlights: Established an art gallery and crafts boutique featuring the work of regional artists in Lagos, Portugal, several months after moving there. Designed a shop space and worked with local artists to feature and sell their handmade crafts and artwork on a consignment basis.

  • Owned and operated a small art gallery and crafts shop in a seaside village in southwest Portugal
  • Responsibilities included designing a storefront and shop displays; hiring and paying staff; acquiring products; arranging art exhibitions; and working directly with artists and clients

June 2005 to October 2009, Senior Writer, International Data Group, IDG News Service

Highlights: Known as one of the fastest and most accurate writers on staff, was consistently called upon to cover breaking news stories even if they fell outside my beat coverage; also known for writing insightful analysis pieces and being ahead of competition in predicting industry trends.

  • Researched and wrote articles daily for a news wire service that syndicates content across more than 300 publications in 60 countries; articles are also syndicated on the New York Times and Washington Post Web sites
  • Acted as the leading reporter responsible for coverage of software leader Microsoft Corp. for the entire IDG network of publications; stories range from new product releases to corporate and financial news to business trends and analysis
  • Edited stories by fellow reporters for both content and style, working with reporters on tight deadlines to craft articles published daily on the IDG News Service wire
  • Represented IDG editorial interests at industry trade shows, covering breaking news and meeting with vendors and sources for news stories at conferences both in the U.S. and overseas
  • Shot photographs and video on site at news events for the creation of multimedia content that was posted to the news wire

 March 2000 to June 2005, Senior Editor, CMP Media Inc., CRN

Highlights: Was consistently promoted and given increased responsibility during my five years at the company; was often called upon to handle critical breaking news stories and other tasks because of my reputation for reliability, consistency and tenacity.

  • Researched and wrote articles for a news weekly focusing on the Internet and computing industry, and its corresponding Web site,; also edited stories for publication on the Web site
  • Edited and managed content for two weekly sections, Hardware and White Box, tasks that entailed coordinating story ideas with writers and art ideas with the art department, as well as ensuring reporters filed stories in a timely fashion
  • Covered a diverse range of technologies and topics, including enterprise and wireless application developer tools; Java software; reseller channel issues; wireless networking; telecom; servers; desktop computers; and business trends
  • Tracked the business and technology moves of companies such as IBM Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., Microsoft Corp. and other top technology companies
  • Represented editorial interests at CRN marketing events and industry trade shows
  • Conducted a live Web seminar that required giving a presentation to a live online audience and fielding real-time questions from participants

May 1999 to February 2000, News Editor, August 1998 to May 1999, Copy Editor, Virgo Publishing Inc., PHONE+

Highlights: Was promoted after just nine months at the company and was called upon to act as both editor-in-chief and managing editor while those editors were on leave.

  • Edited and wrote stories for a monthly industry journal for telecommunications resellers, agents and carriers
  • Managed the monthly news process by coordinating reporters’ pitches and discussing potential stories with editor-in-chief
  • Collaborated with graphic artists on layout and copy edits
  • Represented editorial interests at marketing events and industry trade shows
  • Edited and managed content for a corresponding daily news Web site,

June 1997 to June 1998, Contributing Writer, Get Out

  • Researched and wrote feature stories and reviews for the entertainment weekly of the Tribune, a daily newspaper based in Mesa, Arizona
  • Researched and wrote a weekly column about nightlife in the Phoenix metropolitan area

June 1997 to August 1998, Copy Editor, Tribune Newspapers

  • Edited and wrote headlines for Section A stories on the copy desk of a daily newspaper
  • Reviewed initial print copies of the section to check for remaining errors before publication
  • Created page layouts using QuarkXPress

 April 1997 to August 2003, Contributing Writer, Phoenix New Times

  • Researched and wrote features and reviews for the alternative music section of a weekly magazine

Additional Publications and Media Appearances

  • Moderated a panel called “The Data Center Wrap-up: How Will Climate Change, Transformations in Management’s Attitude, Evolving Technologies, and Equipment Life-Span Shape Tomorrow’s Data Center Operations?” at AIT Global’s Green Tech conference, November 2008
  • Authored a research brief about enterprise software acquisition for the Economist Intelligence Unit, 2008
  • Appeared as a guest technology panelist at a monthly meeting of the New York Software Industry Association, February 2007
  • Appeared as a Microsoft expert commentator on the American Public Media radio show “Marketplace,” 2006-2008
  • Print and online articles also have appeared in the following: The Arizona Republic, Mesa Tribune, HoustonPress, SF Weekly, Dallas Observer and San Francisco Business Times
  • Poem “Mother’s Kitchen” published in a 1994 issue of The New York Quarterly


CMP 2002 Editorial Award for “Calm, Cool and Collected,” a feature story on Sun Microsystems Inc.

Arizona State University’s Swarthout Award for Poetry 1995, 1996

De Sales University’s Diane Danicarte Murtha Prize for Poetry, 1992


1997, M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

1993, B.A degree in English/Communications–Cum Laude, De Sales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania





Interests and Activities

Reading, writing, travel, surfing, cinema, hiking, biking, photography, yoga, music, fine and culinary arts

References available upon request




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