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RANDEE DAWN KESTENBAUM307 72nd Street, Apt. 4C Brooklyn, NY 11209 (718) 502-8711



Editor, writer and producer experienced in both Web and print publishing. Accomplishments include setting editorial direction, staff management, breaking news stories and interviewing top names in the business. Additional strengths include producing and generating multimedia content for the Web.PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


New York, NY | Contributing Web Editor/Producer | June 2011-Present

Aggregates partner-based content for editing and repurposing on TODAY.com and NBCNews.coms Entertainment sections and blogs. Responsible for editing of feed-driven content and enhancement of daily show content with media including videos, slide shows, images and relevant links. Writes SEO-relevant headlines, posts links, interactive questions to multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts. Original interviewing, writing and editing of pieces supplements core producing job. Trained on Comcast/NBC Universal CMS system and Drupal.

Cynopsis Media (Freelance)New York, NY | Editor | August 2014-November 2015Coordinated interviews and edited content for Cynopsis.com's business insiders column; additionally published articles and Q&A interviews with executives and creatives alike on WordPress.Percepture (Freelance)

New York, NY | Web Editor/Producer | March 2011-December 2013Responsible for original content production and editing for Percepture clients including Danijohnson.com (self-help, marketing) and ADeliciousDish.com (food blog). Generated and wrote original blog post concepts, created ideas for weekly radio and Webcast programming, pre-interviewed guests, fashioned marketing copy to appear on Web and in mass-email programs to promote self-help company and products. Used WordPress and Dreamweaver. Served as key social media liaison for clients.Freelance Writer and Editor (Print and Web) New York, NY | Various | 2009-Present

Full-time freelancer for outlets including Emmy Magazine, Variety, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Grammy.com, and Cynopsis.com. Duties include generating story ideas (including those with multimedia content), researching stories, conducting interviews, breaking news and writing copy under deadline.

The Hollywood Reporter New York, NY | Senior Editor | 2003-2008Produced over 50 special issues per year, ranging from several pages (appearing internally) to standalone editions (sold separately) for a leading daily entertainment industry trade publication with a print distribution of nearly 53,000. Assigned and edited articles, coordinated multimedia content for Web distribution, directed issue design and shepherded issues through all approvals and publication. Managed a writing staff of up to six individuals per issue.

Soap Opera Digest New York, NY | News Editor | 1998-2003

Managed a 12-page news section for a leading weekly entertainment publication with a circulation of 434,000. Directly supervised nine editors and wrote and edited up to 15 stories weekly, including breaking news coverage. Oversaw content creation and repurposing of content for newly-launched Web edition; created the sites first blog.ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Published Home for the Holidays, a collection of short stories in 2012.

Co-authored The Law & Order SVU: Unofficial Companion, published by BenBella Books in 2009.

Contributed articles on television to Les Sries Tl, a French book on American television.


Boston University (Boston, MA) | BS in Broadcast Journalism, cum laude | 1991

SKILLSPC and Mac OS environments; experience in HTML coding, multiple content management systems (including Drupal), WordPress and other blogging software; proficient in Associated Press style.Paralegal certificate from New York University Continuing Education Program.PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONSTelevision Critics AssociationSociety of Professional Journalists

Judge, Sigma Delta Chi Awards

Panelist/Guest Author, Arisia ConventionPanelist/Guest Author, WisConVIEW CLIPS AT RANDEEDAWN.COM

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