You could say I was born with printer’s ink in my veins, courtesy of my maternal grandfather who founded a chain of weekly newspapers in Michigan during the early 1930s. Many years later, when I was 13, I began working at those newspapers during my summer vacations, first as a proofreader, later as a news reporter and feature writer.

Since then, I have never strayed far from my original love: working with words. (I did stray for a time, however, from my original name: Jan Collins. After my first marriage, and from 1967 until 1978, I wrote under the name Jan Stucker. For the next 20 years, my byline was Jan Collins Stucker. In 1998, I reverted to my maiden name, Jan Collins, and feel as though I am myself again.)

I have worked as a journalist at five newspapers in three states; as a managing editor and executive editor for two university magazines; as a syndicated columnist (NextSteps™ and Flying Solo™); as a freelance writer for numerous national and international magazines and newspapers, public relations/advertising firms, corporations, and government agencies; and as a freelance editor.

As a freelance editor, my skills have helped hone Web content, op-ed pieces, government reports and state agency studies, corporate newsletters and brochures, ad agency copy, speeches, and business publications.

I love the craft of writing and editing, and I guess it shows: I have received numerous awards over the years from professional colleagues for my work. In addition, I was awarded a coveted Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and a Congressional Fellowship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is where I attended college, earning a B.S. degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Later, I earned a master’s degree at the University of Michigan.

Although I have wide-ranging interests as a writer and editor, my specialties include aging, divorce, business, politics, social issues, education, and personality profiles.

I am a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Committee of Concerned Journalists.

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