Deborah Nason Freelance Business Journalist

Professional activities, recognition,
and continuing education

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Blue Ridge Business Journal:
Most Valuable Contributor - 2004
Story of the Year - 2005
Story of the Year, Honorable Mention - 2006

Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists 2006 Awards Competition:
First place - Magazine, Business: "Insourcing in Connecticut," Connecticut Business Magazine CT Business writer wins award

Society of American Business Writers and Editors (SABEW):
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation scholarship - SABEW 2006 fall writers workshop

Continuing education

CFA Institute Claritas® Program (self-study):
Passed the Claritas® exam and awarded the Claritas® Investment Certificate.
Five SABEW members awarded scholarships for CFA Institute’s Claritas Investment Certificate

Reynolds Center at API online seminars:

Covering Private Companies
Covering Personal Finance

CFA Institute Financial Analysis for Journalists series (self-study):
Understanding Security Analysis and Corporate Disclosure series

Recommendations on LinkedIn

"Deb is a solid reporter/writer. She meets her deadlines, she communicates and she is very easy to deal with. She works hard and gets the work done and doesn't require any hand-holding. Her writing is clean and she will handle any input from the editor with professionalism. I have been using Deb as a freelancer for a few years now and have never had an issue." - Jim Pavia, Senior Editor at Large, CNBC

"Deborah is a great reporter and writer. She always has a clear understanding of her assignments and executes wonderfully. She has no problems with deadlines and is a pleasure to work with." - Caitlin Mollison former Managing editor, print and digital at InvestmentNews at Crain Communications

"Deborah Nason and I worked closely together at the Blue Ridge Business Journal for several years in the early- to mid-2000s and Deborah became the star writer for the publication. Deborah is a stickler for detail, for factual information. She goes a step--or two or ten--farther than is necessary to make her stories the ones you will trust and rely on. She had a strong understanding of business: how it operates; the people who own and manage businesses; the business climate; regulation and the entire spectrum of issues. Her writing is crisp and clear and her language precision is impressive. I don't recall Deborah ever missing a deadline or asking for an extension. She gets the work done with no fuss, no bother and her presented work is clean and publication-ready. She is pleasant to work with, curious and interested in the people she is covering to the point that several years after she left this region, people still ask after her with the caveat that, "Deborah is the best reporter I ever worked with. She always listened to what I said and understood it." I can't recommend her highly enough.” - Dan Smith, Editor, Blue Ridge Business Journal, 2010

"If you are working on a book and you want the book to be as good as it can be, I highly recommend having Deborah edit it.... " - Robert J. Fischer CFP, 2008

"Deborah is a highly skilled news reporter and researcher, and a very talented business writer.... " - Editor Carol Latter, 2007

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Blue Ridge Business Journal

"There are influences in the evolution of any business that you can point back to with pride, with horror or with some other meaningful response because they were important. I look at Deborah Nason coming by my office five years ago, seeking an opportunity to do something she just knew she could do well, as one of those." - Editor Dan Smith, 2006

Queen of Schmooze departs She'll be missed

Organized 2006 regional leadership trip to Lynchburg, VA

"The catalyst was our own Deborah Nason, contributing editor, who envisioned and organized the event after getting to know both communities extensively through her many assignments." - Blue Ridge Business Journal General Manager Tom Field

Roanoke-Lynchburg: Crossing the divide

Association of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), New York Chapter

"...the chapter now has a sixth board member: Deborah Nason." - ASBPE NY Chapter President Warren Hersch, 2007

ASPPE Spring 07 newsletter, p.5

"Bringing together the many high-caliber speakers who will be presenting required the collective energy of ASBPE's national conference committee members. The society owes a special thanks to the New York chapter board members among them - Ginger Conlon, Joe Fleischer, Keat Foong, Deborah Nason and Janice Tuchman - whose efforts were key to realizing the digital sessions." - ASBPE 2007 Conference Chair Warren Hersch

ASBPE 2007 National Conference brochure, p.3

Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists

Newsletter editor and desktop publisher

CT SPJ February 07 newsletter
CT SPJ November 07 newsletter