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Kevin Ferguson

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Writer, editor, photographer, filmmaker

About Me

I make complex, highly technical subjects accessible to your audience. My practice includes international development, business, health sciences, water and sanitation, agriculture, computer technology, and B2B marketing. My editorial work has appeared in national magazines, newspapers, books, radio and TV broadcasts, and a variety of digital and social media. It includes writing, editing, photography and videography. In-country work experience: Haiti, Rwanda, Mozambique, India, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Turkey, Malawi, Zambia, Ireland, UK. I have also traveled to an additional 30+ countries. Technical skills: Final Cut Pro 7.0, Soundtrack Pro, Canon 5D MkIII, Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom 5, etc.), Microsoft Office, content management software.

Industries I Write About

Environmental Services

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Government Administration

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Computer Software

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My Writing Samples

Making the Most of Sun and Water in Rural India

Perched 4,200 feet in the southern Himalayas, the Nauni-Majgoan Panchayat, a village council overseeing nine hamlets in India’s Himachal Pradesh state, is on the tipping point of climate change. On the peaks above, the Chhota Shigri glacier has been receding at an accelerated pace; on the road below, the village of Solan has morphed into a small city replete with concrete office buildings and business lunches. Demand for water — to spin hydroelectric generators, to irrigate crops and for residential use — is soaring throughout the area.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/making-the-most-of-sun-and-water-in-rural-india/?_r=0

Box Stores Target Lighting Inefficiencies

American retailers looking to save energy are aiming high — just below the roof rafters. That’s where a small revolution is underway to replace 70-year-old magnetic-ballast lighting technology with efficient electronic circuitry. By using electronic ballasts — the transformers that regulate the current and voltage needed to operate the lamps — and a software-based energy management system, Wal-Mart, Publix and other retailers say they can typically cut a store’s lighting costs in half.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/box-stores-target-lighting-inefficiencies/

‘Biosolids’ and Human Health

On May 3, business executives, agronomists and hydrologists are expected to gather for the Residuals and Biosolids 2009 conference at Portland’s Oregon Convention Center, where awkward jokes about squeezing profits from human excreta-based crop fertilizer are an inevitability. But the business is no joke. In 2009 alone, American farmers will likely fertilize their fields with 4 million dry tons of biosolids, a polite term for specially processed sludge — much of it originating in municipal sewage plants in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities, according to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, a wastewater treatment trade group.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/biosolids-and-human-health/

With new skills, tractor repair students scout for work in Haiti

Sandra Manacé never knew what to expect from her patients. Diarrhea one day, pneumonia and fevers the next. Now, her patients present a whole new set of symptoms: cracked universal joints, leaking oil pans and frayed circuitry. That’s because Manacé went back to school in 2012 to learn agricultural mechanics after being laid off as an auxiliary nurse by the financially strapped health center for which she had been working.

https://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/stories/with-new-skills-tractor-repair-students-scout-for-work-in-haiti/

Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads

<PBS video> THE IRISH CATSKILLS: DANCING AT THE CROSSROADS is a fascinating documentary that looks at the history and legacy of the Irish Catskills, an enclave of inns, hotels, and bungalows in New York’s famed vacation spot that was a summer getaway for many Irish Americans. The film traces the history and legacy of this beloved chapter of Irish-Americana by using archival photos, home movies, dozens of interviews and contemporary videography to tell the story on a personal and anecdotal scale.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/catskills/157614357

Experience

Environmental communications and technical writing (2010 to present)

SUEZ in North America, writer and editor, 2005 to present. Kevin remains on retainer to ghostwrite and edit CEO presentations, to write a monthly corporate newsletter for internal and external clients, and to edit proposals for public-private partnerships. In 2015, a bid he helped edit was chosen by Nassau County, N.Y. It remains the largest water-related public-private partnership to date in the United States with a value of more than $1.2 billion.

Company: SUEZ in North America

I worked there from 8/2010 until now

Executive Writer

Responsible for producing internal and external communications from SUEZ executive management team. Please contact me via LinkedIn to see samples of this work.

Company: SUEZ in North America

I worked there from /2000 until now

Documentary Film (2010 to present)

PBS documentary contributor/ owner, Narrowback Films. Director, writer and co-producer of The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads. The documentary film premiered on three regional PBS stations in March 2016. It aired on WNET, the nation’s largest PBS station, in September 2016. In November 2016, the film will be offered nationally to PBS stations through American Public Television. The Irish Catskills took approximately five years to complete, typical of the genre. Kevin directed all shoots; hired freelance cameramen and editors in US and Ireland; sourced all archival materials; and directed business development. Kevin also produced, designed and wrote the DVD version, including the packaging. He continues to drive digital and offline sales, and is arranging theatrical releases in the US and Northern Ireland.

Company: Narrowback Films/ PBS

I worked there from /2010 until now

Public Policy and international development (2006 to present)

Oxfam America, freelance writer, 2013-present: Researched and wrote field reports from Mozambique, Zambia, Rwanda, and Haiti on agricultural policies and programs. Management Sciences for Health, senior writer, Business and Resource Development, Management Sciences for Health, 2009 – 2013: Developed and authored dozens of global, regional, and bilateral bid proposals for USAID contract work; developed and wrote corporate communications collateral. Oxfam America, Water for People, et al., freelance writer, 2006-2013: Researched and reported on numerous topics, including water and sanitation, gender mainstreaming, capacity building, for these and other NGOs.

Company: Oxfam America, Management Sciences for Health, Water for People, et al.

I worked there from /2006 until now

Environmental writing

New York Times, weekly contributor to NYT’s GreenBiz column (2009); InformationWeek, ’Green Computing Editor' for United Business Media’s InformationWeek (www.informationweek.com); magazine (2008 to 2009)

Company: New York Times, InformationWeek

I worked there from 12/2008 until /2012

Business & Technology/Editorial

Reporter and writer (2006 – 2009) for Entrepreneur, InformationWeek, TechWeb, FedTech, StateTech, BizTech, EdTech Reporter and writer (1999-2005) US News & World Report, Businessweek, Forbes.com, Inc., IDG Demo, TechTarget.com, The Industry Standard, Science & Theology News Founder and editor (1990-1997), Computer Retail Week, a weekly newspaper with 50K circ. (Sept. 1990), for CMP Media, Manhasset, NY; served as executive editor of CRN, a weekly trade paper with 100K circ.

Company: CMP Media, CDW, et al.

I worked there from 11/1984 until 11/2004

Daily newspaper reporter

Covered politics, crime, etc. for these daily NJ newspapers

Company: The Record, Hackensack, NJ; The News Tribune, Woodbridge, NJ; Gannett; White Plains, NY.

I worked there from 11/1981 until 11/1984

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