Matt Villano's Resume
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- Freelance Writer/Editor/Copywriter
Write monthly family travel column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Serve as senior contributing editor of Campus Technology magazine.
Have had articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including:
The New York Times,
The Wall Street Journal,
National Geographic Traveler,
Travel + Leisure,
Town & Country,
International Herald Tribune,
The Chicago Tribune,
San Francisco Chronicle,
Napa Valley Register,
The Orange County Register,
The Seattle Times,
The Boston Globe,
Anchorage Daily News,
Las Vegas Sun,
San Diego Union-Tribune,
The Press Democrat,
Half Moon Bay Review,
Land Rover Lifestyle,
Land & People,
Technology & Learning,
NRTA Live & Learn,
Editor & Publisher,
Seattle Homes & Lifestyles,
Northwest Home + Garden,
Sustainable Industries Journal,
Wines & Vines,
Washington Law & Politics,
Harvard Medical School's Focus,
SF State magazine,
Boston Digital Industry,
New York Digital Industry,
New York Lawyer,
Chicago Software News,
Texas Software News,
The Grand Salami,
and Human Resources, a London-based magazine for personnel executives.
Wrote "Are We There Yet??" a daily family travel blog for Parenting magazine, and "Adventures with Matt" adventure travel blog for SeeAmerica.com, the one-time official Web site of the Brand USA. Have had articles published on Web sites including:
Park & Bond,
Luxury Latin America,
Have written original editorial content for
Center for Digital Education,
Napa Valley Opera House,
Software & Information Industry Association,
Business for Social Responsibility,
Academic Business Advisors,
National Italian-American Foundation,
Edison Electric Institute,
Check Point Software Technologies,
Rainbow Plant Food,
the United Nations Association of the USA,
Metro List Xpress,
Pasta Moon restaurant, and the
Writers Unit, a cooperative organization of New York City writers.
Have written original Web site copy and marketing materials for other corporate and commercial entities, including:
and Flemish Bay.
Have written and edited newsletters for
The Cheesecake Factory,
California Pizza Kitchen,
Directors Guild - Producer Training Plan,
CTAM of Southern California,
Southern California Cable & Telecommunications Association,
Habitat for Humanity and
Have written annual reports for the
Seattle Aquarium Society;
executive speeches for
case studies for
Sun Microsystems and
contract proposals for
and white papers for
Meru Networks and
Have penned original marketing materials for
the Progressive States Network,
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu,
the New York New Media Association,
The Road Less Traveled, an "outdoor adventure" company.
Lastly, wrote and updated more than half of California Wine Country, a guidebook published under the Compass American Guides label for Fodor's; wrote and updated portions of Fodor's San Francisco 2013: With the Wine Country, Fodor's Las Vegas 2013, Fodor's Las Vegas 2012, Fodor's Las Vegas 2011, Fodor's Las Vegas 2010 and Fodor's Las Vegas 2009; and updated 60-page "Exploring" chapter in Best Places Seattle, 10th edition. Also have moderated product- and service-oriented Webinars about technology for 1105 Media.
Location: San Mateo, Calif.
Circulation: 300,000 weekly to trade circulation
Positions: Section Editor, Dec. 2003 to April 2005
Wrote weekly features and news stories on a variety of topics, including firewall appliances, Virtual Private Networks, network authentication and general enterprise security issues. Edited weekly security section. Also filed daily stories to magazine Web site.
- The Boston Globe
Circulation: 850,000 daily to city, suburbs
Positions: Columnist, Sept. 1996 to Jan. 2000; Intern, June to Sept. 1996
As columnist, wrote monthly column called "On the Web" for Health/Science section. As intern, wrote news and feature stories for Metro and Health/Science desks.
Location: Melville, N.Y.
Circulation: 600,000 daily to suburbs
Positions: Reporting and Editing intern, Sept. to Dec. 1995
As copy editing intern, edited copy from national and world desks. Wrote headlines. Also, layed out pages using Paginator. As reporting intern, wrote news and feature stories for Long Island and Part II sections.
- The Buffalo News
Location: Buffalo, N.Y.
Circulation: 300,000 daily to city, suburbs
Positions: Intern, June to Aug. 1995
Wrote news and feature stories for Metro desk.
- The Daily Northwestern
Location: Evanston, Ill.
Circulation: 9,000 to campus, city
Positions: Columnist, Sept. 1996 to April 1997; Reporter, Sept. 1993 to April 1997
As columnist, wrote a weekly column on campus and city issues. As reporter, wrote news and feature stories for campus desk.
- The Observer
Location: Northport, N.Y.
Circulation: 9,000 weekly to town
Positions: Correspondent, Sept. 1990 to June 1992
Wrote news and feature stories for local desk.
- San Francisco State University
Location: San Francisco
Positions: Adjunct professor, Summer 2007
Taught JOUR-300 reporting course, a prerequisite class in which 23 students were expected to master the ins and outs of reporting. Coursework involved learning the art of interviewing as well as nuances of covering meetings, speeches, cops and more. Freedom of Information Act also was covered.
Marine Biology experience:
Location: San Jose
Positions: Writer, Oct. 2002 to May. 2003
Created search-friendly editorial content for clients of small search engine optimization firm. All told, built more than 1,000 pages and contributed nearly 2,000 entries into company database. Pages regularly scored high on Google and Yahoo searches.
- DDB Digital
Location: New York City
Positions: Associate Producer, Aug. 1998 to Feb. 1999
Created original, online editorial content for clients of DDB Needham, a major worldwide advertising firm. Among other Web sites, worked on "Godspeed, John Glenn," an interactive special site to commemorate the Senator's return to space. Recognized company-wide for achievements.
- Pioneer Press
Location: Glenview, Ill.
Positions: Online Technician, Sept. 1996 to June 1997
Maintained Web site for a company that publishes more than 50 weekly newspapers in the Chicagoland area. Participated in weekly updates of the site's UNIX, PERL and HTML coding, using Adobe PageMill, Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Designed pages, as well as many of the site's community and real estate guides.
- Locomotive Online Communications
Location: Evanston, Ill.
Positions: Co-founder and partner of own company, Jan. 1996 to June 1997
Conceptualized and created Web sites from beginning to end. Wrote HTML and JAVA scripts, as well as original editorial content. Built graphics using Adobe Photoshop, Director, Shockwave and GIF Builder. Solicited new accounts through self-developed marketing strategy. Managed public relations campaign, as well as books and funds.
- The Center for Oceanic Research and Education
Location: Gloucester, Mass.
Positions: Research assistant, June 1997 to Aug. 1998
During whale season, collected data on the humpback and fin whale populations of the Gulf of Maine, cataloging identification photos and sequencing behaviors. Also served as a naturalist, narrating 4-hour whale-watches for up to 150 passengers. During off-season, coordinated photos with data, and taught local schoolchildren about marine mammals.
- Shedd Aquarium
Positions: Volunteer, Marine Mammals department, Sept. 1996 to June 1997
Assisted animal care specialists in caring for 5 beluga whales, 6 Pacific Whitesided dolphins, 5 Alaskan sea otters, 45 penguins of different species and 4 harbor seals. Prepared food, cleaned habitats, recorded data and participated in mammal presentations to the public.
- International Wildlife Coalition/Brazil
Location: Florianopolis, Brazil
Positions: Volunteer, Aug. to Sept. 1995
Cared for injured or sick animals, including more than 20 Magellanic penguins, two fur seal pups and two macaw parrots. Prepared food and medication for animals; weighed, cleaned and fed them. Conducted off-shore and on-shore research on Southern right whales off coast of Southern Brazil.
- Book Tech, Inc.
Location: Woburn, Mass.
Positions: Rights and Permissions Analyst, Nov. 1997 to Aug. 1998
Managed permission requests to reprint material for academic use. Detailed client orders, using Microsoft Access database. Provided job estimates to potential clients. Handled customer service for national client base. Designed advertising fliers. Represented company at regional publishing conventions. Built and maintained Website. Loved company dog. Also wrote and edited semi-annual company newsletter.
- Asian Youth Services
Positions: Volunteer and trustee, Oct. 1994 to Sept. 1996
Tutored English to about 40 Vietnamese and Cambodian refugee children. Coached the kids' basketball team.
- Silver, Newspaper Travel Article (fewer than 1,000 words)
Sponsor: Society of American Travel Writers, Western Chapter
- Bronze, Internet Travel Article
Sponsor: Society of American Travel Writers, Western Chapter
- Second Place, Consumer and Environmental Affairs Reporting
Sponsor: Society of Professional Journalists, Western Washington Chapter
- Outstanding Individual Profile, Eastern Region
Sponsor: American Society of Business Publication Editors
- Hearst Award for Feature Writing
Sponsor: Hearst Foundation
Up to five for each category available upon request.
Email: mjv [at] whalehead [dot] com