Lisa Kaplan Gordon

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Prize-winning writer, reporter and editor with 20+ years experience crafting compelling stories for print and online media and training others to write with precision, style and grace.

  • Twenty years as a features writer, editor and gossip columnist for Gannett Newspapers.
  • Three-time winner of the National Headliners Award for Consistently Excellent Feature Writing. Best of Gannett winner. Two Pulitzer Prize nominations.
  • Freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Washingtonian Magazine, Redbook Magazine, USA Today, Us Weekly.
  • Author of “29 Ways to Write Anything Better,” an E-guide to better writing.
  • Creator and instructor of POWER WRITING, a seminar/course for professionals. Clients have included The National Conference of State Legislatures, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Greer Margolis Mitchell Burns Agency.
  • Guest speaker at the Wilmington Writers Workshop, a national conference of journalists.
  • Adjunct Journalism Instructor, State University of New York at Purchase, New York.



Present - AOL Contributing Writer - Write, produce and star in weekly video reviews of As Seen On TV products for AOL's consumer website Reviews are frequently featured on AOL's Welcome Screen and have more than 1.2 million hits in just two months. A print review accompanies each video.

2009-2010 - Internet Content Provider - Clients include, Demand Studios and

1989-1997 - National Features Correspondent - Gannett News Service, Arlington, Virginia - Wrote and reported feature stories for 90 Gannett newspapers, including USA Today. Topics included health, trends, coping and entertainment.

1995-1997 - Homes Editor for Gannett News Service, Arlington, Virginia -  Coordinated weekly Homes package distributed to 90 Gannett Newspapers. Duties included collecting and editing home improvement and design stories from Gannett writers, acquiring photos and graphics, arranging and producing photo shoots.

1988-1990 - Lifestyles Cover Story Writer - Gannett Suburban Newspapers, White Plains, New York    Reported and wrote feature stories for Lifestyles section of nine-paper suburban chain. 

1984-1988 - Syndicated Gossip Columnist - Gannett Suburban Newspapers - Wrote and reported "Hot Stuff," a daily celebrity column syndicated nationwide through Gannett News Service.

1977-1983 - Arts and Entertainment Editor - Fairpress Newspaper, Fairfield, Connecticut - Designed and edited leisure section of 70,000-circulation weekly.

1977- Present - Freelance Writer/Editor - Washingtonian Magazine, Redbook, US Weekly, USA Today, WABC All-Talk Radio, ABC Radio        



2001-Present - Public Relations Writer/Editor - Wrote and edited articles, press advisories, op-ed pieces, brochures, speeches and reports for The Hatcher Group, a Bethesda, MD public relations firm whose clients included Annie E. Casey Foundation, Aspen Institute, Maryland Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, The Brookings Institution.


Creator of Power Writing, a seminar/class that teaches executives how to write with clarity and precision. Clients have included:

  •  The National Conference of State Legislatures
  •  Center for Science in the Public Interest
  •  Greer Margolis Mitchell Burns Agency.