By Wendy A. Hoke  Independent Writer/Editor

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Specializing in journalism, editing and long-form narrative 

What others have to say

Wendy Hoke has been a true professional, handling a variety of assignments throughout the three years she has been writing for the Catholic Universe Bulletin. Her versatility as a journalist has been tested time and again. She has repeatedly demonstrated her skills through quality reporting and excellent writing. I am pleased to have her as a contributor to our publication.”
—Dennis Sadowski, Editor, Catholic Universe Bulletin

“Wendy is dedicated and serious, a true professional. In three years of working on our project, she built an impressive knowledge base about high school reform and earned the trust of people who initially were skeptical of taking part. She also was an important and enthusiastic member of the writing team, offering support and suggestions for her colleagues while continually working to improve her own work. Plus, she meets deadlines!”
—Linda Sanders, Editor, KnowledgeWorks Foundation

"We have worked with Wendy on two projects that were high profile and important to our organization. She proved to be professional, responsive and understanding of what we were trying to accomplish. I look forward to working with her again."
—David Gilbert, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission



Wendy A. Hoke is equally comfortable interviewing former presidents and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists; education reformers and business leaders; those quietly working for a better world and those changing lives through their words and actions.

A generalist by choice, much of Wendy’s work encompasses education reform, personality profiles, the press, author profiles and book reviews, health and wellness, social justice and faith. Wendy's work has appeared in a number of national, regional, trade and local publications, including:

• Christian Science Monitor
• Continental magazine
• PAGES magazine
• Quill magazine
• The Plain Dealer
• The Columbus Dispatch
• Catholic Universe Bulletin
• Catholic News Service
• Arlington Catholic Herald
• Catalyst Ohio magazine
• Case Western Reserve University
• Cleveland Clinic magazine
• Smart Health magazine
• John Carroll University magazine
• Northern Ohio Live
• Crain’s Cleveland Business
• The Leading Edge
• Profiles in Diversity Journal
• COSE Update

Long-form narrative writing

Storytelling: The best way to tell a story is through the people who are involved or served by an organization or a program. Wendy has developed, over the course of a three-year project, a process for long-term observation, reporting and writing by earning the trust of those about whom she is writing in order to capture the challenges and success of progress. This narrative nonfiction style informs much of Wendy's work.  

Books: Wendy is interested in  nonfiction books, including histories, biographies and current events.

Annual reports: An abbreviated form of storytelling is used to share the stories of mission-driven organizations dedicated to social services.

Profiles: Wendy uses her journalistic techniques to create compelling, revealing profiles about the ordinary and extraordinary people in our midst. Past interview subjects have said, "Your wonderful questions were a refreshing change from the typical media questions I often get." Another subject said: "You distilled so well the heart of all we bantered about for what, 2 hours?!?" Good interviewing is like a conversation.


Wendy’s expertise in editing encompasses all aspects from basic copy editing to complete magazine editing. In her 13 years of magazine editing experience, she has been responsible for everything from creating a new city magazine from scratch to newsstand in four months time to managing quality freelance talent, guiding story development and research, working closely with art directors and designers and managing the final printing and proofing process. Editing services include:

Project management: soup to nuts editing of one-time or frequency publications from story development, budgeting, design supervision to final editing, proofing and publication.

Stylistic/substantive editing: Reorganizing story or copy for content and structure to clarify meaning while eliminating jargon and providing voice and style to ensure high level of readability.

Copy editing: Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style.

Public speaking

Wendy is available to talk about writing, the business of freelancing and the process of storytelling. She has spoken on a number of topics, including:

• Getting started as a freelancer
• Marketing yourself as a freelancer
• Federal Shield Law
• Writing about people
• Bloggers and the Media


• First Place, Features, Catholic Press Association Awards, 2008                                                                                                                                          • 2008 Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Chapter, Distinguished Service Award                                                                                                                        • 2008 Peter Jennings Fellow for Journalism and the Constitution, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Penn.
• Silver Wilmer Shields Rich Awards, Council on Foundations, 2007
“Most Likely to Succeed: Real-life stories of progress in five redesigned urban high schools”
• First Place in Religion Coverage, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, 2006, "Thomas Merton: Leading us toward contemplation"
• Silver Wilmer Shields Rich Awards, Council on Foundations, 2006
“Small Moments, Big Dreams: Real-life stories of progress in five redesigned urban high schools”
• Best of Show, Trade Publications, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, 2004, The Leading Edge quarterly
• Cleveland Advertising Association Addy Award, 2003
Award of Excellence for 2002 and 2003 Bellefaire/JCB annual reports
• Press Club of Cleveland Excellence in Journalism, 2000          
Second place for October 1999 cover of Avenues Magazine
• Suburban Newspapers of America, 1993
Second place, best in-depth reporting for series “Living Together,” examining integration in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs
•Press Club of Cleveland Excellence in Journalism Awards, 1993
First place for public service reporting; part of a team of journalists who covered the county judicial races of 1992

Member, American Society of Journalists and Authors
Member, Media Bloggers Association
Member, Society of Professional Journalists 1986-2007