I am a writer with more than 20 years experience, including 13 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where I won awards for my education coverage.

For the past nine years, I have focused on writing for nonprofit organizations, including website content and print collateral.

My experiences as a journalist and a volunteer inform my work as a writer for nonprofit organizations. I want my words to work with images, video, and design to inspire action and make people's lives better.

In addition to my work for nonprofit clients and universities, I have written articles, essays, and op-eds on education, the environment, and other issues. My work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, Adoptive Families, Mother Nature Network, Georgia Trend, and other publications.

I am currently director of marketing and communications at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. 

I have been involved for many years with nonprofits. I served on the boards of The Museum School and the Urban Youth Harp Foundation and was co-chair of the parent-teacher organization at International Community School.

As a volunteer for Hands on Atlanta, I coordinated a Saturday tutoring program for nine years. I was named a Daily Point of Light by the Points of Light Foundation and honored twice by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for my volunteer work.

While working as an education reporter, I founded the Get Schooled blog, which was a model for education blogs around the country and a finalist for a National Online News Association public service award.

What I enjoyed most about the newspaper business was the ability to make people’s lives better through the power of the printed word. Starting in 2000, I chronicled the struggle of Candace Anderson, a local high school student whose mysterious illness robbed her of her senses. Readers from around the world responded. When the state revoked the home health care Candace’s family depended on, news coverage got the services restored. My coverage of standardized testing forced the state to make public the number of correct answers necessary to pass.

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991, with a degree in journalism. I have a master’s degree in professional writing from Kennesaw State University. I live in Avondale Estates with my husband, daughter, and dogs. In my free time, I love knitting, enjoying the local restaurant scene, promoting reading in my community, and supporting my neighborhood school, Avondale Elementary.

 

            Patti Ghezzi                                        If you would like to know a little more about me, here are some personal essays I have written over the years:   Where some saw a crappy Title I school, this mom saw hope My daughter, my hot rollers, myself Good intentions zapped by toys How green does a preschool have to be? Self-evaluation: investing in our chief asset Gag me with a lima bean            

            Patti Ghezzi                                     

 

If you would like to know a little more about me, here are some personal essays I have written over the years:

 

Where some saw a crappy Title I school, this mom saw hope

My daughter, my hot rollers, myself

Good intentions zapped by toys

How green does a preschool have to be?

Self-evaluation: investing in our chief asset

Gag me with a lima bean