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Freelance Writer, Editor


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About Me

Hi there. I'm Kathleen Lees.  I'm a freelance writer and editor. 


I have a passion for technical writing and medical science, and some of my work has been featured in Scientific American, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Live Science, and Columbia University Medical Center Newsroom. I also have a passion for local journalism, and I've written for numerous print publications including the Queen's Ledger, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the Columbia-Missourian, among others. 


In addition, I love creative copy, and some of my lesser-known work can be found on P.S. I Love You, Thought Catalog, and Rebelle Society. 

I am always in search of writing projects, whether it's covering a medical, health, or technological project or a local news story. To get more information on my educational background and work, please see below. 


Freelance Writer

July 2012 - Present 

  • Proofread pamphlets and press releases from clients provided through Creatives on Call.

  • Wrote blog posts relating to nationwide wage and hour laws for Dolley Law, LLC. 

  • Analyzed studies and data to create stories on numerous topics for the science news website Live Science.

  • Edited and fact-checked press releases pertaining to various medical topics for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

  • Wrote articles geared toward expectant mothers for Everyday Health’s “What to Expect” channel. 

  • Wrote, edited, and proofread content for Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Dental Medicine magazine.

Additional Professional Experience

ESL (English as a Second Language) Instructor - Parkway/Rockwood Adult Education and Literacy

Sept. 2021 - Present  

  • Certified to teach English as a second language (TESOL). 

  • Teach three, three-hour night classes at Clayton high-school at the intermediate level. 

  • Focus on numeracy terms, grammar, reading, and listening.

Avadel Pharmaceuticals - Regulatory Labeling Specialist

Dec. 2020 - May 2021 

  • Managed 10 labeling projects, checking for differentiations in labels and proofs using Schlafender Hase Text Verification software.

  • Facilitated Veeva Vault PromoMats software as review and approval coordinator for all promotional materials. 

  • Helped write SOPs and work instructions for Veeva Vault MedComms software.

Guerbet - Proofreader

May 2017 - April 2018 

  • Proofread domestic and international product labeling to ensure documents were correct.

  • Facilitated GlobalVision software to ensure documents were correct. 

  • Assisted in closing domestic and international products.



S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

July 2011 - June 2012

Master of Journalism: Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism 

Sept. 2006 – June 2011

University of Missouri-Columbia

Bachelor of Journalism, with an emphasis in print and digital media and a minor in multicultural studies

Professional Writing and Editing

  • Creatives on Call 

  • EFC International 

  • Dolley Law, LLC

  • The American Heart Association

  • Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) Newsroom

  • Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine magazine

  • Everyday Health, Inc.

  • Live Science

  • New Chapter Israel

  • New York Parenting Magazine


Contact Me

Tel: 917- 609 - 5942

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