As a journalist for print and broadcast media for more than 15 years, I have had the opportunity to experience a "more than interesting" career covering a great variety of issues that has deeply moved me; so much so that I am still convinced that journalism and writing was the best path I could have chosen as an artist.
Most important and integral is the passion that I still feel today for the craft and adventures of journalism and for the written word-- especially after meeting hundreds of vastly different and unique characters of people who have had so many interesting stories to tell me, which I never grow weary of, or feel too burdened to hear.
An brief example of the variety of work published recently includes:
Commentary The Chicago Sun Times---Why Kids don't care about the Election
Political Satire Open Salon.com --- Post Traumatic Convention Disorder'
Essay Elephant Journal.com --- The Suffering of Men and Boys
Parenting EmpoweringParents --- Why You need to Listen to your Teen
Comedy The Huffington Post ---- 'Don't Name Flus after us Jews
Humor Elephant Journal.com -- 25 Ways to get a Man to Break up with You
Culture Interfaithfamily.com --- Matzah Sushi
Politics Open Salon.com --- Honoring Japanese American World war 11 Veterans
Investigative Reporting Senses Magazine --- Race, Gender and Class
History Nikkei.org-- Pearl Harbor: A Personal History of Triumph and Success
Pop Culture Open Salon.com -- One Mother's problem with another Kardashian born'
Society Our Salon--- Mother's Little Helper is Killing Her
Children Babyzone.com--- Laughter is the Best Medicine
Art USARiseup.com--- Out of the Confluence of Race & Culture, Ethnic Artistic Masterpieces Emerge
Music Elephant Journal.com--- 'My Life's Soundtrack according to Dave Brubeck"
As a writer, editor, producer and commentator, I have covered everything from domestic politics to domestic violence; the economy and economic inequality; women's issues and the issues of men; the plights of parents and children; interracial marriages and same-sex marriages; and just about any passionately-charged social and human issue one can imagine.
While I have enjoyed most of my career as a hard-hitting investigative journalist, I now primarily write Op Ed's, Political Satire, Essays and Comedy about politics, society, popular culture and the issues that hopefully effect people in an authentic way.
These include humorous and reflective essays about my Japanese and Jewish background and culture. Recent work including essays and commentary can be found on the National Japanese-American Museum website, www.DiscoverNikkei.org and on several political, cultural and personal blogs.
I am also a mother, which is my most revered of jobs which I write about most frequently. As a parent of daughters, as well as a daughter myself who is quite sentimental about my childhood; you can find my musings, essays and articles about parenting and children on many of the links found on my website.
Some pieces include
When the Teenagers Mowed Lawns---Why Parents Need to be Happy
The Kid's Aren't Alright ----The Suffering of Men and Boys
Family Meals that Integrate rather than Segregate
My work has been published for The Chicago Sun Times, The Huffington Post, Empowering Parents.com, Elephant Journal.com, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, Open Salon, USA Riseup, The Jewish News Weekly of San Francisco, Discover Nikkei.org, Senses magazine, The Benicia Herald, The Daily Buzz, Interfaithfamily, Babyzone, The Syndicated News, and for many other esteemed newspapers, magazines and websites.
My blogs can be found at the following sites
Open Salon --- http://open.salon.com/blog/checka
I've Got Issues --- www.francescabiller.org
The Elephant Journal --- www.elephantjournal.com
Our Salon ---- www.oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?user=2zthxgieaxqin
Twitter --- de.twitter.com/FrancescaBiller
Facebook --- www.facebook.com/francescabiller
Some of the material I have written, including for Open Salon.com which is affiliated with Salon magazine for which I became an Editor's Pick seven times in 2012 will be included in an upcoming book that will be a compilation of short essays, with an estimated release date to be announced during the spring.
In addition to print journalism, I have appeared on several syndicated national talk radio programs, including for CBS Radio, Fox News and other stations to discuss politics, parenting, anti-aging/health as well as comedy appearances about pop culture.
On a side note, my commentary in regards to lifestyle, beauty and anti-aging issues came about due to my being chosen for People magazine's annual Most Beautiful Issue as one of America's most natural beauties for the April 2012 issue.
I have also started my career as a commentator, comedian and on-air personality for television. Most recently, I appeared on The Daily Buzz, a national syndicated talk show show based in Florida where I discussed and gave advice about how to best vacation with kids of all ages, drama and stress-free.
Info about show---- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Buzz
Another show that I appeared on is 'Love, Life, Shopping', a daily syndicated talk show for the WE networking which I made a comedic appearance in reference to a popular blog post I write called '25 Ways to Get your Man to Break up with You'
Love, Life, Shopping ----http://lifeloveshopping.com/
More appearances are planned for other shows, as well as a two television pilots and a YouTube talk show.
Journalism awards include The Edward R. Murrow award, two Golden Mike awards, four Society of Professional Journalists First awards and The Los Angeles Press Club. Awards were granted for Excellence in Reporting for both print and broadcast reporting.
Internships include The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and CBS for the Assignment Desk and for Consumer Reporter David Horowitz.
Education includes studying art and journalism at Santa Monica College, and at California State University Northridge where I received academic scholarships, awards and honors. During my college career I served as Reporter and News Editor of The Santa Monica College Corsair under the esteemed Advisor Barbara Baird. At CSUN, I served as a writer, reporter, co-producer, editor and on-air talent for KCSN Radio under Advisor and Professor Keith Goldstein, and studied as well under Rick Marks, one of my greatest mentors.
I am currently writing two books. The first is a novel about the 442nd Battalion, which is the most decorated infantry in United States history. The backdrop of the book will be set in Hawaii during World War II and written through the eyes and spirit of my mother, who was a little girl who survived both the Depression and the war on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The highly revered World War II Unit was comprised 100 percent of Japanese-American soldiers. Three of my uncles from Hawaii served in the 442nd Infantry and are decorated veterans, with one who is still alive and just turned 90. Although many Japanese-Americans were interned in the United States after the bombing attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese in Hawaii were not, as two-thirds of the Hawaiian population were Japanese at the time and interning them would have devastated the state's economy.
The second book is a compilation of humorous and thoughtful essays about what it was like to grow up as a Japanese Jew in Los Angles during the 1970's in Los Angeles with many insights about culture, religion, art and music, including stories about my parents and their interesting circle of friends, all of whom are diverse and well known painters, musicians, artists, designers, writers and filmmakers, including Ry Cooder, Herp Alpert and other influential creatives during the 1960's and '70's.
Writers and humorists who inspire me include Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, James Baldwin, Woody Allen, T.S. Eliot, The Marx Brothers, Dr. Suess, Lenny Bruce, William Faulkner, John Updike, Jean Paul Sartre, Franz Kafka, Mel Brooks, Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham, The Marx Brothers, the cast and writers of Monty Python, Rodney Dangerfield, Dylan Thomas, Phyllis Diller, Lucille Ball, among many others. And yes, that list is a diverse one.
You will find more information about projects and work on some of my other links on this website.
FYI-- the image that flashes across the screen as you first come upon my website is that of Franz Kafka
Photo my Michael Soo www.soophotography.com/