And thank you for visiting my digital newsroom.
Storytelling is my passion and the best form of expression.
Your support allows me to research public policy that usually goes unnoticed by the U.S. mainstream media. These would-be stories aren’t sexy enough to get coverage – but they are essential to our well-being. So, in my spare time, I take a look at unexamined issues. I search for information that provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the policy affects our wallets, health, and everyday life.
As for my vocation, I specialize in Communication, Media, and Technology. Additionally, I have nearly a decade of Airline Transportation experience facilitating positive customer experience through Interpersonal and Organizational Communication skills.
I began my communication career in the marketing department of two major publishing houses. I then transitioned to the music industry. I started a hip hop music group and wrote and produced songs. Within two years, I signed the group to a record label distributed by Atlantic Records. I founded a record label and sold its recordings to Saturn Records, an independent label in Pittsburgh founded by an RCA Records executive.
However, it wasn’t until the late 90s that I got a chance to hone my reporting skills in broadcast journalism. As a veteran print & broadcast journalist, I’ve worked as a news anchor, reporter, and newscast executive producer for a CBS network affiliate and a Clear Channel Communications (now, iHeartMedia, Inc.) radio station in Ohio Valley. I’ve written and produced several documentaries for Radio and TV, including several news segments for CBS “48 Hours” news magazine. My weekend 6 & 11 Newscast was Nielsen rated #1 with a 27% share of the viewing audience for its time slot.
My print work has appeared in EBONY Magazine, Ogden Newspapers, Office of Justice Programs’ In-Sites Magazine, Chicago Citizen Newspaper, et al.
By the mid-2000s, I produced and co-hosted a top-rated live two-hour weekly internet radio show and attracted more than 100k Facebook followers on the radio show’s fan page.
I also write and publish creative nonfiction and fiction that take my readers on adventures that whisk them from the ordinary into the extraordinary.
After publishing my debut novel, a highly circulated national magazine featured my book and digital marketing efforts in a full-page article.
Today, I prepare Technology Subject Matter Experts, startup founders, Fortune 100 C-Suite executives, politicians, and state executives to take center stage.
From communication campaigns, events, media attention to spokesperson training, I help them with messages that resonate with their respective audiences.
Let’s work together!
CREATING LIFE THROUGH THE MAGIC OF WORDS ~ Mel Hopkins