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Phipps Evans - Editor - Washington, DC, USA

Michelle Phipps Evans

Washington, DC, USA




I have a good eye as an editor. My grammar skills are impeccable as my degree minor is in linguistics or the science of language. I took several semesters on morphology and dialectology. I'm a highly skilled copyeditor who ensures there will be no typos in the copy, especially the headlines and captions.

I am a copy editor on roster for Virginia-based Editorial Experts Inc. I am a solid proofreader as well.

I've been an editor since 1996. I've started editing magazines, moved to weekly newspapers and I've done newsletters, and other publications.

Beyond my skill as an editor, I'm also a journalist. I'm an excellent writer who can take complex political issues to bring it to the level that the regular reader can understand. I have a unique talent of seeing the unusual story and angle that no one else sees and I can get my interviewee to reveal the deepest secrets about themselves.

I am somewhat of a guru on social media.

Work History

Staff Reporter

The Washington Informer

August 2012 - January 2013

This is a client that's hired me for editorial augmentation. On a weekly basis, Invisible Colours provides stories for the newspaper.

Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking

August 2008 - May 2012

Directed communications function in District of Columbia government agency. Worked with executives to develop agency's legislative, regulatory and policy positions and make these known to regulated industries, media, community associations, residents and elected officials to increase awareness about agency's programs, issues and challenges. Used all forms of communications vehicles.

Senior Public Affairs Specialist to Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking

November 2005 - May 2012

Technical Editor

Dimensions International

January 2005 - November 2005

Senior Public Affairs Specialist


November 2005 - August 2008

Councilmember Harold Brazil

January 2004 - December 2004

Executive Director for Editorial Services

Invisible Colours LLC

From August 2003

Temp Editor


September 2003 - November 2003

Executive Director For Editorial Services

Invisible Colours LLC

August 2003 - August 2003

Invisible Colours LLC is based on the narrow premise that positive image building can be done through strategic media coverage and placement. Invisible Colours offers editorial and public relations advice to clients on recreating their image, dealing with the media, article placement and more. Clients included the Bolden Exploratory Committee, Imperious Publishing, Ferdinand and Associations, Linda Smith and Associates, Rep. Maxine Waters and more.

The firm uses a combination of public relations strategies, including social media, to maximize clients' outreach endeavors and significantly assist with image-building efforts as well.

Invisible Colours LLC celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013. Follow on Twitter @nVisibleColours.

Deputy Press Secretary, Speech Writer, Special Assistant

The Council of the District of Columbia

December 2003 - December 2004

Wrote speeches, articles and other briefing papers for Councilmember Harold Brazil on health, crime and economic development. Worked on media placement.

Temp. Editor

Smithsonian Institution

January 2003 - January 2003

Congressmember Robert C. Bobby Scott

November 2002 - August 2003

Congressional Quarterly Journalism Fellow

U.S. Congress

November 2002 - August 2003

Worked in House judiciary and budget committees for Virginia's Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott. Researched and wrote amendments for FY04 budget and house resolution; summarized testimonies, wrote speeches, releases and articles.

Reporter/Assistant Editor/Editor

Washington Afro American Newspapers

June 2001 - October 2002


The Washington Afro American Newspapers

June 2001 - October 2002

Charged with editorial direction, graphic design of publications. Managed entire editorial process by assigning, monitoring, editing, proofreading and finalizing staff and freelance articles. Wrote editorial and articles. Interviewed live on CBS affiliate to discuss publication.

Associate Editor/Managing Editor/Executive Editor

Black Disapora Magazine

February 1996 - April 2001


Black Diaspora Magazine

February 1996 - April 2001

Led and managed the editorial vision of bi-monthly publication about people of African descent within the Diaspora.


Brooklyn Metro Times

January 1995 - December 1996

Self Employed (Business)

Qualifications & Certifications


Master's of Science

Columbia University - Graduate School of Journalism

Columbia Journalism School


University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus

University of the West Indies

Northeastern College

North Eastern College, Sangre Grande

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