I am…

Press Kit 7I am a freelance writer and blogger always looking for assignments that challenge my reporting and writing skills and broaden my knowledge of the world.

My passion is learning people’s stories: the way we do things, individually and as a society; how we share our values and face our challenges; what motivates our interaction with the world.  I’ve written about subjects as varied as a child’s accidental death, a religious view of plastic surgery, the connection between public speaking and music, and much more.  My special interests include religion, crime, health care/medical issues, and public speaking. You can read samples of my writing here.

I am a regular contributor to Azizah, Islamic Horizons and Toastmaster.  I write The Straight Path blog for the Houston Chronicle and have contributed to the paper’s Belief section.

I have a master of arts degree in print and multimedia journalism from Emerson College, where I received the school’s Presidential Fellowship, and I am pursuing a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction at Goucher College.

I served as president of the Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2012-2013.  I’m also a member of the Religion Newswriters Association.  I served on the local station board of KPFT/Pacifica radio from 2011-2012 and I’m an avid member of the Toastmasters organization and served as the 2013-2014 area P-6 governor.

In addition to freelancing, I work as the Communications Coordinator for the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Texas, where I am responsible for all internal and external organizational communication and media relations.

I am based in Houston, TX, where I have lived since 2003.

Contact me at ruthmiriam (at) earthlink (dot) net.

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