Bob's Resume

Bob Guldin

7309 Willow Avenue · Takoma Park, MD 20912

           office: 301-891-8489 · cell: 301-442-4946          




Accomplished editor, writer, technical writer and communicator. Specializes in international affairs, advocacy, public policy. Skilled researcher. Writes highly readable news, features and policy pieces. Experienced in nonprofit sector. Accomplished interviewer. Computer and Web savvy. Skilled editor of magazines,  newsletters, books. Brings publications from inception to final production.  


Editorial Experience                                                                                                                                             

Freelance Writer and Editor, Washington, D.C.                                                    2001-present

Interviewed political figures such as Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, Sen. Daniel Inouye, Ambassador George Kennan and many others. Published profiles covering both their political significance and human interest stories.


Wrote booklet, Navigating Election Day, for the national League of Women Voters, explaining to new U.S. citizens and young people the whys and hows of voting. The League was so pleased with the results that author received a bonus and a major new assignment; 50,000 copies were printed.


Edited book, Choosing the President 2008, for the League of Women Voters, published by Lyons Press. Edited monthly newsletter for City of Takoma Park, Md.; newsletter Monday Developments, for InterAction, a coalition of foreign assistance agencies. Wrote articles for George Washington University publications; Asia Times, an online business newspaper; the Foreign Service Journal; The Writer magazine; and Defense News. Edited book for the George Meany Center.


Technical Writer, Smithsonian Institution/PSG                                                       March-August 2009

Wrote and edited broad range of materials, including instructional materials, emergency preparedness plans, telecommuting guide, instructions and forms for contractors. Maintained and updated Access database.


Senior Technical Writer, Federal Aviation Administration/CSSI                               June-November 2008

Wrote Web copy, articles, reports for internal FAA publications and Web sites on business process improvement, organizational effectiveness. Wrote and edited congressional correspondence on aviation issues.


Deputy Communications Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office                    March-September 2006          

Wrote, edited, planned and strategized on legislative communications. Organized press events.  Produced booklet on Voting Rights Act. Drafted advertising. Hired staff.


Editor, Public Citizen News, Washington, D.C.                                                             2004-2006                             

Managed bimonthly newspaper for nonprofit advocacy organization Public Citizen, including editorial process, news writing, layout in QuarkXPress. Maintained blog on government secrecy. Copy-edited health newsletter.  


Editor, Foreign Service Journal, Washington, D.C.                                                      1998-2001

Managed all aspects of monthly foreign affairs magazine, including editorial, production and business. Worked with editorial board to plan future issues. Developed article ideas, assigned stories, found and recruited authors, including journalists, freelance writers, government experts, academics. Worked with authors to obtain lively and accurate text. Edited articles for substance and style.


Wrote news and feature stories. Supervised three editors and advertising manager. Hired staff. Prepared budget, monitored costs. Supervised advertising and circulation. Wrote for and coordinated magazine Web site.


Editor, George Washington University Magazine, Washington, D.C.                                1990-1997

Planned, edited and produced four-color bi-monthly university magazine with a circulation of 135,000. Developed story ideas, planned special issues. Assigned and solicited articles from university faculty, freelancers, staff.


Collaborated with professional design firm and printer to ensure a high-quality, graphically polished magazine. Assigned and art-directed photography. Supervised two assistant editors. Directed circulation of the magazine. Negotiated with printer, designer and other vendors to control costs.


Wrote news and feature articles. Interviewed prominent GW alumni, including U.S. senators, Cabinet members, for profile stories. Edited university annual report.


World Wide Web:  Recognized that university Web site was outmoded; overcame bureaucratic inertia and organized a Web Working Group that generated fresh ideas for the look, architecture and content of institution’s Web site. Within six months, new university Web site was up, marketing the institution effectively.


Editor, Arms Control Today, Washington, D.C.                                                                  1986-1990

Associate editor and then editor in chief of the leading journal of record in the field, published monthly by the Arms Control Association. Generated story ideas, solicited manuscripts from prominent authors in government, academia.


Supervised news and production staff, working closely with writers to improve substance and style. Wrote news, reviews. Conducted interviews with senior government officials. Hired staff.


Freelance Assignments                                                                                                                                      

Author of numerous news and feature articles, including:

·        "Paradise Lost? Bethesda's Future" Bethesda Magazine, July-August 2009

·        "Now You See, Now You Don't," Washington Post, June 3, 2008

·        “Here’s Your Traffic Fix!” Washington Post, April 1, 2007

·        “Downsizing,” Washington Post, February 3, 2004

·        “The Cancellation of Democracy,” Baltimore Sun, August 8, 2003

·        “The Great Russian Investment Paradox,” Asia Times, March 2002

·        “Blue Notes: How to Work With a Blueline,” CASE Currents, 1997

·        “Last Hurrah for Arms Controllers,” Defense News, 1990



Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, New York City

            Master of International Affairs

            Certificate, Harriman Institute for the Advanced Study of the Soviet Union

            Specialization:  International Security Studies


Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

            B.A.   Major:  Political Science;  Minor:  English

            Extra-curricular:  City Editor, Cornell Daily Sun


Other Experience and Skills                                                                                                                                      

Languages: Russian, Spanish

Computer: Word, QuarkXPress, WordPerfect, Internet applications

Awards: Distinguished Achievement Award, 1997, Educational Press Association

               Quest for Peace Essay Prize, 1988, University of California/Irvine

International Aid Worker: Editorial consultant, Ekaterinburg, Russia, March-June 1996

Board of Directors: Forty Plus of Greater Washington, 2006-present