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Writing social and political commentary, as well as articles and stories raising awareness of important issues, Shannon creates material that packs a punch. Her work has appeared in a long list of regional and national newspapers, magazines, books, and blogs. Shannon’s articles and essays are regularly selected by local and national news aggregators, and her press releases have been published verbatim on a multitude of news websites. She is highly skilled in customizing content for maximum audience impact.

In addition to journalism and commentary, Shannon has extensive experience in the fields of Public and Community Relations, and her pitches, proposals, award entries, nominations for recognition, and media advisories have won much national recognition for her clients. Thanks to two decades of experience, she has become a master of crafting a persuasive message and tailoring it to the appropriate audience. She has written well over a thousand press releases, essays, articles, speeches, website content, newsletters, marketing plans, advertising copy, marketing materials, pitches, and proposals.

Shannon’s blog, Thoughts and Musings on Politics and the Universe, has more than 20,000 subscribers.  She posts about human rights, the media, health issues, current events, women’s rights, the arts, and politics.

If you would like to work with Shannon on a writing project, please email her through her web contact form here. She will return the correspondence promptly.


Bylines/Writing Credits


Social and/or Political Commentary featured in the following publications:


PBS.org (online). Two pieces listed as a “Must Read” byPBS MediaShift. Both pieces were also the leading headline in the website’s daily email.

Why ‘Slacktivism’ Matters

How Authors Can Promote Themselves Using Blog Talk Radio


Richmond Times Dispatch (print & online).

Editorial featured as “Correspondent of the Day

Letter to the editor about pro-choice Christians

Profile of a distinguished Developmental Pediatrician at a pediatric center for autism


The Progress-Index (print & online).

Three feature-length political Op-Eds prominently featured in newspaper *


Henrico Citizen (print & online).

Profile of a distinguished Developmental Pediatrician at a pediatric center for autism (also ran in RTD)


The Chronicle of Social Change (online).

Piece about child victims of human trafficking featured on front page of this journal about the welfare of at-risk American children


Style Weekly (print & online).

Response to a cover story about the ousting of a theatrical Artistic Director *


Blue Virginia (online). Five pieces prominently featured on the front page of this popular political blog.

Virginia Led the Nation in the Fight for Women’s Rights 

Our Trust Was Misplaced – Or, As Anti-Rape Advocates Call It, Doomsday

What a Difference a Babe Makes

Uniting for Camaraderie and Social Justice

A Motley Crew Uniting Against Rape – Senators, Celebrities & Everyday Citizens


UniteWomen.org (online). A prominent women’s rights blog.

Shedding Shame

Everyone Hates Rape, Right?


Thoughts and Musings on Politics and the Universe (online). Personal website with more than 20,000 followers.

A letter to George Will in response to his Op-Ed about rape on college campuses (shared over 1,000 times & referenced in several other national pieces on the topic)

Speech written and delivered at an event at the Washington Monument about FGM

Christianity is Evolving Back into What it Was Intended to Be: a Mirroring of the Life of Jesus

Blog Main Menu (25+ posts, most of which have also been published elsewhere)


Virginia Minute (online). Two articles featured as leading Virginia headlines. *


Politics in Stereo (online). Three articles featured on this national news site offering balanced political perspectives. *


The Pennsylvania Avenue Post (online). Three articles highlighted as nationally relevant on this national news site. *


Original work re-published by the following publications:


Addicting Info

Bonfire Impact

Daily Kos

News Vine

Old Dominion Blogs*

Politically Trending*

Radio News*



Snark Amendment

The Socialist*

Virginia Politics

Criminal Defense Law Newswire *

National Organization for Women Blog *

Resist the Privatization of America * 

United Nations Blog *


Pieces co-written or ghost-written (published under the name Lester George) published in the following magazines, news websites, and anthologies (print & online):


American Golfer

American News Report


The Board Room Magazine:

By Design

Club Management

Club & Resort Business



Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective, Volumes 5 and 6

Golf Course Architecture Magazine

Golf Course Architecture

Golf Benchmark

Golf Business Wire

Golf Club Atlas (ghost) *


National Golf Course Owner’s Association Website 

The Golf Wire





The Virginia Golfer

World Golf Magazine/Worldgolf.com 


Work referenced or quoted in the following publications:


After Ellen

Bertram Blog

Beyond Barbie

Eric Robert Nolan Blog

Good Men Project

Huffington Post

Kawartha Lake Mums

Macaroni Kid

Mountain Mornings


Pilant’s Business Ethics

Poetic Parfait

Torrential Rain

XO Jane


*Article has been archived by publisher and/or piece was in print only.  Graphics of some archived/print-only articles can be found here.

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