Whether it’s ghosting an autobiography for Sears’ first black executive, 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 produces results. To get the story, journalists Pat Terry and Cliff 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, Terry Writers means business, too
Closer to home (Chicago), Terry Writers has 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, 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 turns 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/Photographer, Editor
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 a focus on home/garden, healthy food and farming, consumer trends and almost anything considered green.
Journalist, Writer, Author
Cliff Terry—former Chicago Tribune feature writer, magazine writer/editor and film critic—has written extensively about travel, arts and cultural events. 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, press kits for Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium, newsletters for the Illinois Recycling Association, and an article on rain forest medicines for The Rotarian magazine .