ABOUT


Hi. I’m Wes Hanson, and I’m a writer, editor, and communications professional.

I’m an alumnus of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, the communications departments of non-profit organizations and for-profit corporations, and the newspaper industry, where I was once a nationally syndicated reporter.

I’ve met amazing people along the way and have joined them in producing executive, employee, and crisis communications; business and financial journalism; social media and websites; newsletters and magazines; books and curricular support; marketing collateral; presentations and training materials; and white papers and grant proposals to benefit Fortune 500 firms, government agencies, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, youth groups, schools, and communities.

Enough about me. What about you? Tell me your communications needs and goals. Maybe I can help. Call me at 310-502-2535. Or send me an email using the “Contact” box to the right. You’ll find me on Twitter @WesHanson (if you follow me you can send me a direct message). And I’m “TheWesHanson” on LinkedIn.

 

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CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS

  • Corinthian Colleges, Inc. – memos, talking points, and communications plans relating to layoffs (“reductions in force”), acquisitions, school closings, asset sales, regulatory and legal actions against company, dissolution of company
  • Pacific Clinics – helped develop elaborate plan (“contact tree”) for executive and media contact during an emergency or facility crisis

 

EXECUTIVE SPEECHES, ARTICLES, AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Corinthian Colleges, Inc.– speeches for CEO and Chief Academic Officer; quarterly financial report articles for CEO; revamped faculty award promotion
  • Josephson Institute – various PowerPoint presentations for president
  • Character Counts – trade show displays
  • Foundations for Life – PowerPoint presentations to support fundraising
  • Angel Flight West – letters for executive director
  • Pacific Clinics – letters for CEO

 

JOURNALISM

  • Los Angeles Daily News– nationally distributed/syndicated through Knight-Ridder; covered the entertainment industry, business, and general assignment
  • The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine – enterprise pieces, plus maps and graphics for art department
  • City Paper – front page and other pieces for alternative D.C. weekly
  • Big Think – profiles and case studies on exemplars of key skills for New York-based online knowledge company

 

PUBLICATION MANAGEMENT

  • CCi Employee Annual Report –led the redesign of, wrote, and managed this magazine for 15,000 employees of international vocational education company; re-conceived “company narrative” (or capabilities brochure) to save production costs and better tell the corporate story, as well as the firm’s annual financial report (both publications were not executed due to company shut-down)
  • Ethics – managing editor of print magazine featuring voices of leaders in various fields and professions, from Ted Koppel in news media to Alan Dershowitz in law
  • Advances – as editor in chief, reshaped and sharpened this journal on behavioral health care issues and programs
  • Ethics In Action – managing editor of print newsletter monitoring developments in ethics advocacy
  • Character Counts Chronicle – founding editor of newsletter (at first print, then electronic) featuring news and profiles of educators around the country

 

BOOKS

  • Book for technology CEO published by major New York publisher – ghostwriting and wide-ranging research
  • The Power of Character – Persuaded some of the busiest people in America to contribute essays to this collection issued by Simon & Schuster division. Authors included Stephen Covey, Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Dan Rather, and dozens of others. Orchestrated the entire complicated project, edited all essays, rewriting or ghostwriting several
  • Good Ideas – Launched, designed, and co-wrote this best-selling, innovative lesson plan series used by schools and community groups reaching more than six million youth nationwide
  • What Every Educator Should Know – As co-author, made the argument that successful education is more than teaching kids to pass a test or a ball, that effective instructors must nurture children’s ability to make decisions based on principle rather than expediency
  • Parenting for Character – Rewrote, reorganized, augmented and designed into one comprehensive resource guidelines, initially for U.S. Army Child & Youth Services then endorsed by the National P.T.A.
  • Making Ethical Decisions – Rewrote, reorganized, expanded, and designed bestselling primer, the signature piece of well-known CEO
  • Living the Credo – edited and designed globally distributed handbook for Johnson & Johnson
  • Becoming an Exemplary Peace Officer – co-editor of handbook distributed by training agencies to new law enforcement personnel throughout California

 

WEBSITES

  • WesHanson.com
  • WritingAdvisor.com
  • GenreMovies.com
  • CharacterCounts.org (founding editor)
  • JosephsonInstitute.org (founding editor)
  • FFL-essays.org (founding editor)
  • PacificClinics.org (rewrote and reorganized copy)
  • Angel Flight West (rewrote web copy)

 

E-LEARNING, CURRICULAR SUPPORT, TRAINING MATERIALS, INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

  • Corinthian Colleges Inc. – As a special project to aid internal communication and boost employee commitment, took the initiative to rewrite the company’s eight, ponderous official values as four pity, call-to-action statements; in an earlier association with the company, extensively edited and rewrote course syllabi for various programs offered by the firm’s vocational schools
  • Character Development Seminars and Ethics in the Workplace – PowerPoint presentations for instructors of these nationwide multi-day classes for teachers, youth leaders, and executives
  • Foundations for Life – wrote contest manual and edited teacher manuals for this writing skills program funded by a million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation
  • Big Think – survey design and educational pieces/quizzes for online knowledge company

 

MARKETING COLLATERAL

  • Josephson Institute
  • Character Counts
  • Foundations for Life
  • Angel Flight West

 

GRANT RESEARCH + WRITING

  • Character Counts
  • Angel Flight West

 

DIRECTION and SUPERVISION

  • Josephson Institute – vice president, director of publications and communications, department builder; key figure in organization’s rise as preeminent ethics trainer and consultant
  • Pacific Clinics – as Interim Corporate Director of Public Affairs, assessed and oversaw staff, media engagement, and event coordination; launched new newsletter, revamped magazine, rewrote website, wrote agency DVD script

 

EMPLOYERS + CLIENTS

Corinthian Colleges, Inc. – Served as Manager Internal Communications for this California-based operator of proprietary vocational schools across the U.S. and Canada. Crafted speeches, memos, and articles for CEO and other executives; retooled employee magazine; reconceived company values; revamped faculty award promotion; re-imagined other programs and publications; contributed extensively to strategic, HR, and crisis communications.

Big Think – Contributing Editor for this New York-based online “knowledge company” that presents videos of thought-leaders and innovators in the sciences, business, human service, government, and the arts; created online survey, wrote analytical report, and researched and wrote numerous articles

Josephson Institute – For this leading ethics consultancy and education group, transformed a bare-bones operation into a full-bodied editorial machine producing top-notch newsletters, magazines, books, training guides, websites, products, and presentation materials (which, with the programs they promoted and supported, came to generate some $4 million annually)

CHARACTER COUNTS! – For the nation’s largest character education network, reaching millions of youth and their families, wrote and oversaw instructional materials used in school rooms nationwide, including best-selling collections of hundreds of lesson plans; founded CharacterCounts.org, led team producing electronic newsletters with tens of thousands of subscribers, including Character Counts Chronicle, Pursuing Victory With Honor, Foundations for Life

Pacific Clinics – Contract supervision and assessment of the public affairs department at one of the country’s largest behavioral health care providers, overseeing editorial, marketing, event coordination, and media functions; established higher standard for company publications, to much acclaim; launched a new monthly newsletter to communicate with dispersed staff; rewrote website and agency DVD script to better engage potential employees, donors, and clients; helped lead media strategy group and map the agency’s incident report procedures

Unnamed book issued by major New York publisher – Researched and ghostwrote chapters for tome on technology

Elearninfo.com / elearninfo247.com – conducted extensive research on the different approaches to online HR and compliance training in the U.S. and U.K. for this leading consultant in learning management systems and e-learning

Angel Flight West – Wrote website copy, marketing collateral, and grant proposals for this charity providing free air transport to the needy across the western United States; grant research provided new leads for funding

Portals – Wrote online marketing copy and oversaw webpage design for “Helping Hands,” a social enterprise project of Portals, a major mental health care provider in Los Angeles

Latin America Regulatory Compliance Group – Consulted on marketing materials and strategies for this international trade consultant specializing in consumer electronics, credited with improving its client relations

Johnson & Johnson – Edited and designed decision-making booklet (“Living the Credo”) for the multi-national healthcare giant, which was so pleased with the result that the work was translated into different languages and distributed to more than 100,000 employees worldwide

California Peace Officers Standards and Training – Edited book (“Becoming an Exemplary Peace Officer”) used for training law enforcement throughout state

U.S. Army – Co-wrote and edited child-rearing guide for the Army’s Child & Youth Services, the largest child care operation in the world

National PTA – The National Parent Teacher Association thought so highly of the parent guide developed for the Army that it wanted to put its own name on the cover and contribute a foreword

John Templeton Foundation – Wrote contest manual and edited teacher materials for the Foundations for Life essay program funded by a million dollar grant from this major philanthropic organization

4-H – Co-wrote, edited, and designed elaborately packaged, game-based learning activities for five age groups (“Exercising Character”), distributed for many years by this character-building youth organization

OKLOP – SEO-related web writing, helped this European-based online gaming firm enter and promote itself in new areas

 

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