Pat and Cliff Terry took different paths to a career in journalism but they share the same purpose: to tell a story, to provide information, to share an idea—with accuracy, integrity and lively writing.
For Pat, the path began in an exciting class at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, followed by a reporting stint at the Ohio State Lantern under Len Downie, later executive editor of the Washington Post. Her paying career included feature writing and editing at the Chicago Tribune and fast-paced business news and feature reporting at Fairchild Publications, where her bylines covered the apparel, footwear, supermarket and home furnishings industries.
Cliff’s passion for journalism landed him the sports editor post at his high school newspaper, followed by the managing editor slot at his Trinity College (Conn.) newspaper. After active duty in the U.S. Army, Cliff joined Chicago’s legendary City News Bureau (“If your mother says she loves you, check it out”), before moving over to the Chicago Tribune, where he served as film critic, TV critic and Sunday Magazine editor/writer. Cliff’s wry film criticism earned him a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.
As independent writers, the Terrys take a journalist’s approach to articles, books, educational materials and promotional pieces—first determining the editor’s or client’s goals, then researching the topic and interviewing key sources.
Only when they’ve gathered all the information do the Terrys begin to write.
- GreensceneUSA.com, Nature Museum, “Lawn Nation” exhibit
- GreensceneUSA.com, “Green Festival” wrap-up
- GreensceneUSA.com, “Eco-Golf Barton Creek”
- GreensceneUSA.com, “Greening the Parkway”
- GreensceneUSA.com, “Solfire Homes Goes Green”
Healthy Living, Food and Farming
- Chicago Sun-Times, “Cutting-Edge Cookware”
- Chicago Sun-Times, “It may be green, but is it organic?”
- Chicago Tribune, “Chicago area green markets growing”
Home & Garden
- GreensceneUSA.com, “Joe Salerno Designs Green Rooms Outdoors”
- Midwest Home Chicago magazine, “Full House”
- Midwest Home Chicago magazine, “Wild for Natives”
- Midwest Home Chicago magazine, “Rainforest in Winter”