Karen Vitt

Hello! I'm a well-rounded, creative and accomplished communications professional with 20+ years of experience in writing, editing, web production, marketing and public relations.

Currently, I'm a social media and communications consultant on the Northwest public relations team at Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's largest nonprofit health plans.

Born and raised in Portland, I started working in The Oregonian newsroom at age 16 and began my career as a writer. I have a gift for storytelling, a solid sense of humor and a passion for people, pets and shoes.

My areas of expertise include health care and fitness, pets, fashion, travel, outdoors and popular culture. Oh, and Keanu.

What I Do

Writing + Editing

My career began as a teen at The Oregonian newspaper. I have 25+ years of experience writing and editing content for newspapers, magazines and websites, and 15+ years of copywriting in marketing, advertising and public relations.

Social Media

I have 12+ years of experience leading social media efforts for local, national and global organizations, with a proven track record of increased followers and engagment.

Web Production + Design

Certified in web production and design, I have 18+ years of experience working with multiple content management systems, digital strategy and analytics.

Public Relations + Media

I have 15+ years of public relations experience, generating awareness and improving brand perception for large national organizations, including Banfield, Pet Hospital, Tarot.com, DoveLewis Animal Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Northwest. My storytelling and media expertise has made PR a natural fit.

Content Strategy

10+ years in-house experience developing and managing cross-channel storytelling and content in keeping with business goals, stakeholders, audience and user flow. Give me more calendars!

Photography + Styling

I gained 15+ years of experience with styling and photography as a fashion writer, and a weekly photo column in the newspaper. I've continued to expand those skills in photos for events, social media and public relations, and my photos have been published widely.

Resume

Accomplished writer, editor and media relations expert with 20+ years of professional experience

Experience

2015 - Current
Kaiser Permanente

Media Communications Consultant

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2014-2015
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

Communications Specialist

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2010 - 2014
Daily Insight Group / Tarot.com

Digital Editor / Content + Social Media Strategist

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2009 - 2011
pdxneatsheet.com

Publisher + Editor in Chief

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2005 - 2009
The Oregonian Publishing Company

Masthead Editor + Senior Marketing Copywriter

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2005 - 2009
Portland Shopping Writer + Editor

Lucky Magazine

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2004 - 2006
The Oregonian Publishing Company

Personal Style Writer

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2003 - 2005
Banfield Pet Hospital

Public Relations Specialist

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2000 - 2002
Meier & Frank Advertising Agency

Fashion Copywriter

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1995 - 1999
Women.com Networks

Portland Fashion + Shopping Writer

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1987 - 2000
The Oregonian Publishing Company

Editorial Assistant, Arts & Entertainment + Sports

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Education

University of Oregon

Web Publishing (certification)

Portland State University

Communications

Things I Know

Writing + Storytelling

100%

Editing (AP Style)

98%

Creative Copywriting

95%

Public Relations

90%

Content Strategy

90%

Social Media Strategy

85%

Web Production

80%

Digital + Email Marketing

85%

Photography

75%

Styling

60%

Video Editing

40%

Tools I Use

Mac + PC

100%

Wordpress (.org)

70%

CMS (Drupal, Sharepoint +)

95%

Adobe CS 6 (Photoshop, InDesign)

85%

PowerPoint

85%

Excel

75%

LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

100%

Google Analytics

75%

Dreamweaver

45%

Hootsuite

90%

Percolate

90%

Portfolio

My Works
SoundCloud Audio

SoundCloud Audio

SoundCloud
Media Project 2

Media Project 2

Media
Vimeo Video 1

Vimeo Video 1

Vimeo Videos
Media Project 1

Media Project 1

Media
Mockup Design 1

Mockup Design 1

Mockups
YouTube Video 1

YouTube Video 1

YouTube Videos

Contact

Get in Touch

503-201-5399

Portland, Oregon

karenvitt@gmail.com

Freelance Available

How Can I Help You?