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Bruce Agnew

Writer/Editor

North Bethesda, MD

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Work Experience

Writer/Editor

Freelance
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Bethesda, MD
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1998 to Present

Freelance writer and editor of articles and books on subjects such as science policy, economics, politics, biomedical research results, disease-funding controversies, conflict of interest, biomedical ethics, genomics. Experienced in transforming technical scientific reports into language accessible to lay readers. Recent clients included National Cancer Institute (helping plan series on basic research contributions to health), National Institutes of Health Office of the Director (wrote Genomics chapter for 1st and 2nd NIH Biennial Reports to Congress), National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH Clinical Research Ethics Dept., Science, Scientific American, SAGE Analytica. Recent editing projects included The Oxford Textbook of Medical Research Ethics, published by Oxford University Press, Healthcare, Guaranteed, by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, published by Basic Books, and 2nd edition of Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

News Editor

The Journal of NIH Research
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Washington, DC
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1989 to 1997

Selected, assigned and edited articles in news section of monthly magazine covering biomedical research for a target audience of research scientists. Coverage areas included scientific advances such as discoveries in genetics, virology, and clinical medicine as well as policy issues such as Congressional appropriations, technology transfer, patents, peer review, misconduct in science. Recruited and worked with freelance writers. Reported and wrote monthly stories on policy issues and occasional editorials.

Bureau Chief

McGraw-Hill World News
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Washington, DC
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1988 to 1989

Ran 10-person bureau serving several weekly and monthly magazines and an online financial news service, covering virtually all aspects of government activity. Responsibilities included personnel decisions, structuring beats, planning coverage, formulating stories, editing, balancing service for client publications, maintaining contact with client editors. Areas of coverage ranged from macroeconomic issues such as budget and Federal Reserve monetary policy to regulatory issues in such areas as environment, transportation, worker safety, finance. Appeared on promotional McGraw-Hill panels. Wrote occasional book reviews for Business Week.

Deputy Bureau Chief

McGraw-Hill World News
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Washington, DC
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1986 to 1988

Responsible for day-to-day operation of bureau.

News Editor

Business Week/McGraw-Hill World News
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Washington, DC
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1977 to 1985

Supervised day-to-day operation of bureau of 25 reporters serving Business Week and other McGraw-Hill publications. Coordinated coverage, originated and shaped story ideas with reporters, made assignments, edited or rewrote as necessary.

Correspondent

Business Week/McGraw-Hill World News
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Washington, DC
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1965 to 1976

Wrote weekly, by-lined "Washington Outlook" column for Business Week, 1970-1976. Covered White House, Congress and national politics 1967-1972, Transportation and Communications 1965-1967, for Business Week and other McGraw-Hill publications.

Washington Correspondent

New York Post
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Washington, DC
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1964 to 1965

One-man bureau. All phases of Washington coverage.

Correspondent

United Press International
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New York, NY
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January 1958 to 1964

Reporting and rewrite in Washington, D.C., 1962-1964; Bureau Chief of four-person bureau in Buffalo, N.Y., 1962; reporting and rewrite in New York City 1959-1961; writer, UPI national radio wire in Chicago, 1958-1959. 
 
Reporter 1957-1958 
The Bridgeport Telegram, Bridgeport, Conn. 
 
General assignment reporter. 
 
Copy Boy 
TIME Magazine, New York, N.Y. 
 
Summer vacation fill-in copy boy, summers of 1954-1956.

Education

B.A. in English Literature

Yale University

English

Westminster School -
London
The Choate School