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Gary B. Larson 

Creative, compassionate communicator
Seattle, Washington

Photo of Gary Larson in Bali, Indonesia, September 2011I've been a professional communicator for more than 38 years. My mission has been to help people learn about, understand, influence and use their essential public services. I have dedicated much of my life to that mission through my work, writing, hobbies, political involvement and continuing education.

I'm now available for full-time, part-time, contract or freelance opportunities with progressive, socially responsible firms, agencies, individuals, and nonprofit or political organizations. I write for good causes that advocate for the environment, the arts, health, education, civil rights and responsibilities, and human services.

In Bali, Indonesia, September 2011

My interest in writing and current events began and grew while I was a journalism student in high school and college, where I learned and practiced my skills on student newspapers, including editor in chief of my college newspaper. I also worked as an occasional writer for my weekly hometown newspaper while attending school. Journalism was one of my college majors. In graduate school, I studied communications.

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My interest in government and politics also began and grew as a student in junior high school, high school and college--and outside school. In school, I was elected to various leadership positions, including executive vice president of my college student government. I also took part in rallies against the Vietnam War and for the environment and civil rights. Political science was my other college major.

I believe strongly in our right and our responsibility to understand our government and affect the selection, decisions, policies and programs of government officials who work for us. Our responsibility does not end at the voting booth. Likewise, I support the efforts of people to protect, strengthen and use our First Amendment freedoms of belief, expression, and political action. Those rights are essential not just to influence our government but also to influence private companies and nonprofit organizations that provide services and products for us.

Since graduating from college in 1972, my career has included writing for weekly and daily newspapers about city and county government as well as education and other topics of interest to newspaper readers. Since leaving journalism, I've continued to write about local government but from within government--30 years in September 2010 with public transportation and water pollution control agencies. I had found as a reporter that I could not tell people about their government and schools in the depth and detail that they need to be fully informed. Unfortunately, the traditional news media have become less effective in helping to maintain and develop public understanding, interest and involvement in government. My work has also included publication design and production, editing, media relations, website development, photography, event planning, and marketing.

My political involvement has continued, especially since I left the news biz and its facade of objectivity. I support liberal, progressive candidates, campaigns and causes: peace and disarmament, environmental protection, public education, public transportation, economic opportunity, and civil, equal and human rights. I've volunteered for Democratic Party positions, campaigns and candidates. I've used my writing and leadership skills and my knowledge of the news media to aid social action committees and groups like the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

And my love affair with good writing has gotten stronger as my work and continuing study have improved my skills, abilities and knowledge. I've worked to help college students learn how to write clear, concise news stories and business communications, and I've worked to help colleagues improve their writing. I support the Plain Language Association InterNational in advocating for clear writing in business, government, legal, scientific, technical and academic writing. I've also been chapter vice president and president of the International Association of Business Communicators.

My website, Garbl's Writing Center, reflects my commitment to my growth, to clear, concise, and useful writing and to helping others improve their writing. I believe the Internet, used responsibly, has the power and potential to enhance our communication and citizen action. If you need someone to write or edit your documents clearly and concisely--or to train your staff to do so, please visit Gary's Good Cause Communications and contact me!

My online resume contains more details about my professional objective, qualifications, experience, accomplishments, employment history, education, training and volunteer experience.

Thank you for your interest.
Gary B. Larson

P.S. Besides writing, politics and current events, I love being a dad, listening to music (and sometimes making it), reading, going to movies and plays, working in my yard, traveling and taking pictures.

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Updated Jan. 10, 2013.