Julie Hanahan

Freelance Communications Professional

Clear Messaging with a Touch of Flair 



Whether you are a marketing director in a large, multi-national corporation or a non-profit needing to put out a concerted marketing effort, odds are you don’t have enough time or people to carry the writing load. I’ve been there.

That’s where I come in. I’m a freelance writer and communications professional based in the Chicago area. I have worked as a newspaper reporter and an in-house marketing writer for more than 20 years. Deadlines are in my blood. I am a quick study in all different types of businesses, and I understand audiences. You may know what you want to say, but I can help you say it in a way that your ideal customer will sit up and take notice.

I will deliver on-time, on-target projects for you with none of the hand-holding you dread. I do my homework and ask the right questions the first time around. I'd much rather ask a seemingly obvious question than guess wrong. I’m here to make your life easier. How can I help you?

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About Me

My background

I grew up in the St. Louis area, the youngest of 7 and the only girl in my family. That right there tells you a lot about my personality. I take my work seriously, but I strive not to take myself too seriously.

My writing roots

My degree is in journalism, and I spent the first 6 years of my career as a daily newspaper reporter. In 2003, I redirected my skills to corporate communications, eventually developing a specialty in change messaging.

My style

Given my journalism roots, I focus on clear, direct communications that limit corporate jargon and convey messages in a way audiences will understand. When we keep the audience in mind, we cannot go wrong.