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About Us

Whether it’s ghosting an autobiography for Sears’ first black executive, scripting a speech on utility deregulation for Illinois Power, interviewing a U.S. housewares industry CEO for an international magazine or visiting Wisconsin Indian reservations for a travel article, the award-winning Terry Writers produce results. To get the story, journalists Cliff Terry and Pat Terry have slept in open-sided cabins along the Peruvian Amazon, locating the outhouse—and a tarantula—by kerosene lantern, and stood in awe at a sunrise near Lhasa, Tibet. They’ve made concrete by hand as volunteer homebuilders in Honduras, Chile and Vietnam, and weighed anesthetized peccaries in Brazil’s Pantanal for an offbeat volunteerism story.

As professionals, the Terrys mean business, too

Closer to home (Chicago), the Terrys have spent hours interviewing corporate executives, nonprofit decision-makers, retailers, manufacturers, cultural figures and just plain folks by phone and in person. One or the other Terry has interviewed everyone from the former president of Hartmarx for a corporate history, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf for a professional magazine profile, International Housewares Association CEO Philip Brandl for a speech and Second City stalwart Sheldon Patinkin for a nonprofit e-newsletter.

Before beginning any assignment, the experienced journalists first identify the client’s goals, research relevant information and interview key sources. The bottom line: Terry Writers turn out clear, literate and lively writing that tells a story, communicates ideas, promotes a product or destination and builds a client’s brand.



Journalist, Writer, Author


Cliff Terry—former Chicago Tribune feature writer, magazine writer/editor and film critic—writes extensively about travel, arts and cultural events, but he also brings strong, diversified business writing credentials to the Terry Writers team. He has written profiles on top executives at McDonald’s and Wilson Sporting Goods for Illinois and Finland-based magazines, a corporate history for Hartmarx Corporation, executive speeches for Boise Cascade Office Products, press kits for Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium, newsletters for the Illinois Recycling Association, an article on rain forest medicines for The Rotarian magazine and has ghost-written a book for pioneering Sears, Roebuck African-American industrial designer Chuck Harrison.


Journalist, Writer/Photographer, Editor

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Pat Terry—former Chicago Tribune writer and public relations professional—began her journalism career as a business reporter at Fairchild Publications, covering the supermarket, apparel, footwear and home furnishings industries. She’s tapped her B-to-B background as a writer and media consultant for the International Housewares Association and as contributing editor/writer for the Illinois CPA Society. Pat’s nonprofit credentials include communications and consulting for Brookfield Zoo (a conservation medicine project, press materials and fourth-grade “Rare Animals” curriculum), and editing Stagebill programs for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to business savvy, Pat brings to the team a focus on home/garden, healthy food and farming, consumer trends and almost anything considered green.