Hi, I’m Lori. I’m a wife, daughter, friend and the proud mom of a five-year old boy who started kindergarten in the fall of 2015. I’m 48 years old and am returning to the work force full-time after a year off.
It’s always been a personal goal of mine to pursue a master’s degree. I just wasn’t sure what to study. When my family relocated last year and I struggled to find a job in our new hometown, I decided to drop out of the ranks of the unemployed and go back to school. My well laid plans were short-lived as I finally landed a job in early August. I certainly didn’t plan to start grad school at the same time as embarking on a new career. But life doesn’t often go as we plan.
I’ve worked in public relations and communications all of my professional life, first as a TV news reporter, then as a public affairs manager and a media relations strategist. While I have a firm grasp of how to build successful relationships using traditional PR strategies, I’m lacking in the technical understanding of what it takes to be an effective communicator in today’s digital media marketplace. Enrolling in this program is one way to help me build my skills. This website will host my work in the Washington State University Online MA program in Strategic Communications.
My goal is to learn more about how the multimedia landscape operates so I can combine new skills with my 25+ years of work experience to stay competitive in the job market. I have no plans to retire anytime soon and want to keep working for years to come.
But I do enjoy my time off. When I’m not at work, I like to spend time with my family exploring the recreational beauty and bounty of the Pacific Northwest. I love to cook and bake for my family and friends and my personal ambition is to some day start my own food blog.