Ambreen Ali


Freelance writer
Sep 13 – Present
Report and write on a variety of topics — including politics, business, technology, food and culture — for publications including Ozy, PBS, The Washington Post Express, Seattle Magazine, Eater and PM Network (a trade magazine for the Project Management Institute).

SmartBrief, Digital Media editor
Oct 13 – Dec 17
Managed content marketing projects to deliver custom white papers, blog posts and webinars to clients in the media and retail sector. Edited a blog focused on marketing news. Oversaw content, editing and publication of daily tech and advertising industry newsletters — all in a very high-paced digital media environment. Hired and managed writers for each brief, and provided regular training and feedback to improve their work. Managed relationships with our newsletter partners and strove to grow the company through high open rates and new business.

CQ-Roll Call, Staff writer
Jan 10 – Aug 13
Covered a variety of beats, including energy, technology and grassroots lobbying for print, blog, and in video. Became in-house tea party expert who broke news and offered insightful policy analysis for an influential audience. Enhanced company brand with TV and radio appearances including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and multiple NPR and Fox Radio affiliates.

Bloomberg, White House stringer
Sep 09 – Dec 09
Served on the presidential “bodywatch,” traveling with the in-town presidential pool and reporting in a highly competitive environment. Helped cover the passage of the landmark health care law.

SmartBrief, Contributing editor
Mar 09 – Dec 09
Aggregated, synthesized, and edited B2B daily newsletters for communications professionals interested in social media and finance., Writer/Web producer
Feb 08 – Jul 09
Wrote and packaged breaking news and features stories for the Web to create visual multimedia news.

Agence France-Presse, Reporter (New Delhi)
Spring 08
Covered political, social and lifestyle stories from South Asia for worldwide clients of the French news wire.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Metro reporter, breaking news
Winter 08
Provided breaking news coverage of Seattle-area events. Covered the police beat online and in print; assisted chief investigative reporter on special project using database skills; wrote long-form local pieces featured on the front page.

Yahoo!, New media researcher
Spring 07
Published industry report with classmates and presented to Yahoo! how media can leverage online social communities.

Nat’l Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Editor
2005 – 06
Edited research, articles, and quarterly journal; designed annual report; reported and wrote an organizational history.

The Citizens Foundation (Pakistan), Researcher
Summer 05
Researched and wrote articles for organization’s annual report; interviewed students and teachers to evaluate the organization’s effectiveness in teaching low-income youth. Resulting report was used to reorganize staff.

Washington Law & Politics Magazine, Editorial assistant
(6 mos.) 03 – 04

Seattle Magazine, Editorial intern
Summer 03

Univ. of Washington Daily, Feature reporter
(1.5 yrs.) 02 – 03

M.S. in New Media Journalism            Medill School, Northwestern University    2008
3.9 GPA. Used photography, video, audio and print to report compelling stories on immigration in Chicago and science and technology in Washington for national clients.

B.A. in Business Administration, Finance    University of Washington
Cum Laude with College Honors. Diverse coursework included political science and Near East/South Asian Studies.

– South Asian Journalists Assoc. Scholarship 2008
– McCormick Tribune Fellowship 2008
– Asian American Journalists Assoc. Scholarship 2007
– South Asian Journalists Assoc. Student Journalism Award 2007
– Pakistan Press Foundation Gender in Journalism Finalist 2007
– Photo exhibit, AAJA ’07 East Coast Conference

– 2006-2009: Served as Vice-chair of the board of a national South Asian American civil rights group

– 2007: Participated in Community Leadership Program for Asian Americans in Chicago
– 2004-2005: Worked with a Seattle-based after-school program for children in low-income housing

Urdu, conversational Hindi, and basic Spanish