Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Ore. | June 2017-present

Strategic communications coordinator

For the Office of Innovation, create and implement strategic communications plans for connected, automated and electric vehicle efforts (such as Oregon Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles and ODOT's Connected and Automated Vehicle Steering Team); tolling technology; the Oregon Innovative Partnerships Program and more. For the Director's Office, serve as project lead planning new agency intranet using SharePoint Online and create content to support ODOT's storytelling mission.

Sarah Kelber Photography, Salem, Ore. | 2010-present


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sarahkelber.com, Salem, Ore. | February 2013-present

Freelance editor, photographer, writer and blogger

After more than 15 years in the newspaper business, relocated from the mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest, where I'm doing editing, photography and writing on a freelance basis for publications including The Oregonian, the Statesman Journal, the Stayton Mail and the Silverton Appeal Tribune.

Health Licensing Office, Salem, Ore. | February 2015-May 2017

Communications coordinator

Revamped, reorganized and rewrote website for office umbrella as well as our 14 boards and programs, which license health-related professions for the Oregon Health Authority. Wrote and posted news items for our boards and programs. Continuously updated website. Interacted with members of the media who had questions about our licensing and regulatory processes. Edited office communications. Photographed board members for website biographies. Monitored media mentions of the various professions under HLO's umbrella. Presented communications reports to board meetings. 

Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore. | January 2014-February 2015

Copy editor

Edit copy for the newspaper of record for Oregon's capital city. Write headlines and other display type; monitor and coordinate production among local newsroom, central design desk in Arizona and press room in Portland; check stories for consistency, legal issues, Associated Press and house style and more.

EO Media Group, Salem, Ore. | May 2013-April 2014

Page designer

Lay out pages for publications including the Cannon Beach Gazette, Seaside Signal, The Daily Astorian, the Wallowa County Chieftain, the Blue Mountain Eagle and Oregon Coast Today using Adobe InDesign and Saxotech.  


The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md. | June 1999-February 2013

Content editor, May 2009-February 2013 | baltimoresun.com/dining

Functioned as an assigning editor, editing stories, writing headlines and display type, producing stories for the web site, maintaining the dining page at baltimoresun.com, working with freelancers on multiple assignments per week, creating photo galleries online, maintaining story budgets, editing dining and other blogs. Managed one to two reporters and several freelancers. Focused mainly on Taste and Sunrise sections and dining reviews, but also assisted in arts and entertainment and lifestyle editing.

Parenting blogger, May 2012-February 2013 | baltimoresun.com/homefront

Blogged about family issues with a sense of humor and an occasional focus on the challenges of parenting after deployment. 

Sun Magazine, contributing editor, August 2010-December 2011 | thesunmag.com

Edited fashion coverage, including booking models, stylists, makeup artists, arranging locations. Booked all external talent for other photo shoots for magazine stories.

Reality Check blogger, January 2006-April 2011

Wrote blog about reality television shows and local contestants who appeared on them; built online audience by interacting with readers in comments on blog and using such social-networking sites as Twitter and Facebook; appeared regularly on WBAL Radio to discuss shows and promote the blog, participated in live chats and more.

Features department intern coordinator, January 2004-April 2011

Interviewed, hired, scheduled, mentored, assigned, edited and reviewed interns for the features department from various universities.

Fashion Baltimore editor, August 2009-April 2010

When section was transferred from advertorial to the newsroom, headed up the project, including assigning and editing all content, booking talent, arranging on-location shoot, and working with other Tribune properties on sharing fashion coverage.

Acting deputy arts editor, January 2009-April 2009

Assisted in editing various features sections, including Thursday Weekend section, Friday Movies section and Sunday A&E section.

LIVE editor/Features multimedia coordinator, April 2003-June 2008

Oversaw production of weekly arts and entertainment tabloid section (32 to 52 pages per week), including assigning stories, editing copy, editing photographs, managing three editorial assistants and several interns, and working with staff of six arts critics. In 2007, with the creation of the Sun Rising team, added features multimedia coordinator duties, which included editing and doing technical troubleshooting for 10 features blogs; organizing multimedia elements for features department, such as video clips, audio clips, quizzes, photo galleries, story archives and more.

June 1999-April 2003, Features copy editor

Edited copy for grammar, Associated Press and Sun style, libel and content issues for all features sections; wrote headlines, captions and other display type for features sections; as “slot,” oversaw production of features sections at least twice a week.

Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore. | January 1999-May 1999

News copy desk intern

Worked on the rim of the news copy desk 16 hours a week, editing copy for A and metro sections, writing headlines and other display type and laying out editorial pages using QuarkXPress.

The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. | Summer 1998

Dow Jones Newspaper Fund copy desk intern

Worked on the rim of the news copy desk 40 hours a week; edited copy for A, metro, business and science sections; wrote headlines and other display type; attended two-week training session at San Jose State University; among 40 students chosen nationwide to participate in program.

Oregon Daily Emerald, Eugene, Ore. | September 1996-December 1998

Copy editor, Copy chief, Editor-in-chief

Oversaw production of 10,000-circulation, independent daily student newspaper at the University of Oregon, including hiring, training and managing a staff of 35 as editor-in-chief.


University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore. | September 1995-June 1999

Graduated cum laude with B.A. from the School of Journalism and Communications and Robert D. Clark Honors College in June 1999; elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Other skills


Writing, editing, blogging, photography, building online audience using social-networking tools and search-engine optimization strategies, working under tight deadlines, organizing and aggregating information, balancing multiple tasks, grammar and style, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Movable Type blogging software, Typepad blogging software, Harris publication software, CCI Newsgate publication software, Assembler CMS software, P2P CMS software, Google Analytics and Omniture Analytics.