About Me

To see Lee Reeder's full resume, click here (PDF, 202 kb).

From the time I was in junior high I was writing stories for my school newspaper, and was chosen to be the editor of the school annual. I became interested in photography at the age of 12 and by the age of 16 I was spending much of my free time in the darkroom. So I always knew what I wanted to be and do when I grew up, and writing and photography have always been central to my life.

At the age of 19, I began working professionally as a photojournalist in the U.S. Army in West Germany and ran a public affairs office for a 9,000-member military community in four German cities. Photography has been a big part of a lifelong journalism and writing career that has put me at the editorial and creative helms of several national magazines and journals.

In my career I have been everything from a beat reporter for local newspapers to editorial director overseeing several national publications to a marketing director for an advertising agency. At the young age of 30 I was promoted to editor in chief of the largest weekly community newspaper in San Diego County. A year later I was chosen to become editor of a new national magazine for fire and rescue personnel. Eight years later, I was promoted to editorial director for Rescue Magazine, JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services), AirMed, Air Medical Journal, EMS Insider and Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.

My work has always combined photography with writing.

In 1998 I began working full-time as a freelance writer and ghostwriter, creating Winning Words, which has served a diverse group of clients from all over the country. As a freelancer, I have also been an editorial leader, as editor in chief of the American Hospital Association publications, American Governance & Leadership Report and Quality Improvement & Patient Safety. With Winning Words I also plan and support public relations and media campaigns.

In 2004, I started my retail scenic and nature photography business, 1000 Words.

Over the past few years, my clients have increasingly taken advantage of both my writing and photographic talents—a unique package for any type of business seeking to promote products, people, projects and programs.See more of my photography at www.1000wordsphotos.com and writing services at www.winningwords.com.

Lee is also co-author (with David L. Porter) of the book, Hell on Earth: The Wildfire Pandemic, which was released everywhere in late August 2008. In Hell on Earth, two authors who have experienced wildfire devastation firsthand put a human face on a growing global wildfire pandemic. Publisher's Weekly called it "...a rapidly-moving, thriller-like account." Written over three years, the book chronicles the wildfire storms of 2003 and 2007 in Southern California, highlights wildfires throughout the United States and the world, and then examines the causes for the global increase in devastating wildfires and their effect on the environment. Click here to learn more about Hell on Earth: The Wildfire Pandemic, which is now on sale in Barnes & Noble, Borders and online.

Call me or e-mail if you would like to learn more. I look forward to serving your needs.


Best regards,

Lee Reeder


1000 Words and Winning Words