H.B. Elkins

Experience: 20-40 Years
Category: Other
Editor/Managing Editor, Print Journalist, Public Relations, Social Media

Department of Highways, District 10, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Jackson, Ky., October
Currently serve as public information officer. Duties include writing and distributing press releases and media notices, administering social media sites including Facebook and Twitter, photographing events and projects, planning events such as groundbreakings and ribbon-cuttings, maintaining the district’s website, handling correspondence for the chief district engineer, developing public relations strategies and other duties relating to communications.

PEP Coalition, Beattyville, Ky., April 2003-September 2003.
Served as executive director of nonprofit group formed to fight substance abuse in Lee County, Ky. Duties included grants management, program direction and supervision of staff.

Hatfield Newspapers, Inc./Citizen Voice, Inc., Irvine and Stanton, Ky., July 2001-April 2003.
Originally hired as editor of The Clay City Times to direct the news operation of an award-winning weekly newspaper. Supervised the staff, assigned and edited stories, wrote news stories and opinion columns, and laid out the paper. Promoted in May 2002 to executive editor of both The Clay City Times and the Citizen Voice & Times. Supervised the news operations of both newspapers with a combined circulation of approximately 10,000 each week. Also provided editorial and management assistance to The Flemingsburg Gazette, another paper owned by the same publisher.

Division of Communications and Recognition, Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, Frankfort, Ky., May
2001-June 2001.
Wrote, took photographs for and laid out monthly employee newsletter distributed to Cabinet employees and quarterly newsletter distributed to all state government employees.

Public Information and Communication Services Branch, Kentucky Revenue Cabinet, Frankfort,
Ky., April 1995-April 2001.
Wrote bimonthly employee newsletter distributed to approximately 1,200 Cabinet employees, wrote and coordinated assignments for bimonthly technical taxation newsletter distributed to more than 9,000 tax professionals, wrote and coordinated assignments for agency’s annual report, and other duties as assigned. Also maintained agency’s website and answered Internet correspondence from taxpayers.

Citizen Voice & Times, Irvine, Ky., September 1987-March 1995.
Managed and directed news content of award-winning weekly newspaper, circulation 4,500. Duties included news coverage, writing editorials and an opinion column, assigning and editing stories written by other reporters, photography, and layout and design of main news and opinion sections of newspaper.

Intermountain Publishing, Jackson, Ky., December 1983-September 1987.
Served in various capacities on the staff of The Jackson Times (weekly, circulation 6,000) and The Beattyville Enterprise (weekly, circulation 2,900). Positions held at time of departure were assistant editor of The Times and sports editor of The Enterprise.

Department of Communications, Morehead State University, August-December 1983.
Taught two sections of Journalism 201, Newswriting and Reporting, as a graduate assistant. Duties included grading and editing news stories of students, designing class lessons and activities, and planning examinations, tests and assignments for two classes with approximately 25 students in each.

Office of Sports Information, Morehead State University, January-May 1983.
Served as assistant sports information director as a graduate assistant. Duties included writing sports releases and stories, assisting in preparation of press guides and brochures, keeping statistics at sporting events, staffing office in absence of supervisor, and serving as media director of regional high school basketball tournament.

Certificate of Management Fundamentals, Governmental Services Center, Kentucky State University/Commonwealth of Kentucky, Frankfort, Ky., September 2001. Prior to departure from state government employment, completed first phase of program to become a Kentucky Certified Public Manager.

Master of Arts degree in Communications with emphasis in journalism, Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky., December 1983. Grade point average: 3.91 on 4.0 scale.

Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, with major in journalism and minor in government, Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky., December 1982. Grade point average: 3.9 on 4.0 scale.

General diploma, Lee County High School, Beattyville, Ky., May 1979. Ranked fourth in class of 102 with 3.8 grade point average on 4.0 scale.

Well-versed in media relations from both journalistic and public relations points of view. Well-known in Kentucky journalism circles.

Able to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.

Participated in several cross-agency task forces and committees in state government, and assisted with several special events.

Completed several management, self-improvement, communications and technology training courses offered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators.

Received more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence in Kentucky Press Association competition in categories of news reporting, sports writing, editorial and opinion column writing, photography and layout.

Received more than 15 awards for journalistic excellence in Kentucky Weekly Newspaper Association competition in categories of news reporting, sports writing, editorial and opinion column writing, photography and layout.

Received awards from the American Cancer Society and the Kentucky Education Association for writing excellence.

Fluent in several writing styles, including descriptive, technical, narrative and creative.

Former contributing columnist to a former political website, a former online NASCAR magazine and a former newsletter specializing in University of Kentucky sports.

Experienced with both Windows and Macintosh computer operating systems and hardware.

Available upon request.