I’m a freelance writer, researcher, editor and presentation coach based in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. 

I have more than two decades of journalism and copywriting experience and have also been a tutor for marketing courses. My work has appeared in publications including the New Zealand Herald, Bay of Plenty Times, Spokesman-Review, Idealog and Our Place magazines, InHealth NW, The Orchardist and Agfunder News.

Local TV news provided a launch pad for storytelling, where I reported about state politics, local government, floods and other disasters. I moved from the Midwest U.S. to the Northwest, specializing in consumer reporting while presenting a morning news show.  I won awards for best documentary, spot news and consumer reporting.

I later led marketing and communication efforts for the combined chamber of commerce and economic development organisation in Spokane, Washington (Greater Spokane Incorporated). Since moving to New Zealand in 2011, I’ve written for businesses and news outlets, telling stories that resonate with readers. I field produce for video shoots, promote clients via social media and prepare them for interviews with journalists (It's not as scary as you might think). 

I grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio and I’m at home in the world. French and Luxembourgish are my adopted languages.

In a Nutshell:

  • I tell stories. Stories about people encompassing business, travel, horticulture, business development, sports and food…

  • I explain stories. I decipher jargon, no matter what your industry, so people who need to hear your message can understand it.

  • I field produce video stories (and lug gear, too). Piece-to-camera? No problem.

  • I chop stories. I weed redundancies, making copy fresh and functional.

  • I help you polish and present your story. In the end, you'll deliver your message with confidence, humor and pride.  

  • I adapt spelling for audiences down under, the UK, and the American market.

  • If you need a new social media blurb, press release, article, speech...I can help.

Email me:  pickendawn [at] I’d love to hear from you.

"Words are all we have."

-Samuel Beckett