Dana McCullough, Freelance Writer and Editor

Dana McCullough

From the time I first wrote for my high school newspaper, I had dreamed of writing and editing for a national magazine. My dream came true when I interned for Family Circle magazine in New York City and later worked for Meredith Corporation and F+W Media.

Wanting to live closer to family, I took a higher education communications job writing and editing newsletters, a research magazine, and a website for a university—and loved it.


Today I have more than 15 years of professional writing, editing, copy-editing, proofreading, and marketing experience for national and regional consumer magazines, book publishers, and higher education institutions. In early 2013, I became a freelance writer and editor.

I have written or edited content for 20 different magazines and several books. I also have managed, written, and edited hundreds of higher education communication projects including alumni newsletters, research magazines, recruitment brochures, event invitations, stakeholder letters, e-newsletters, email blasts, social media posts, press releases, and website content.

Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.orgAdditionally, I am the author of the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org (F+W Media, August 2015), which was named the #1 New Release in the Genealogy category on Amazon.com in 2015.


I am detail-oriented, meet deadlines, and deliver on-target articles and marketing pieces for a reasonable rate. I specialize in higher education communications materials, as well as work with corporate and nonprofit clients. I also write and edit articles for national and regional magazines.


I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University and have won awards for commitment to service and excellence from my previous employers. I have a strong knowledge of both AP style and Chicago Manual of Style guidelines, as well as experience applying in-house style and branding language.