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I’m a freelance writer with ten years of experience in non-profit PR. Click for more info about me. Scroll down for clips & tear sheets.

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Sandra Knisely
Photo: Dina Lee

I’m a freelance writer with ten years of experience in non-profit PR. My work has been published in/on Atlas Obscura, On Wisconsin Magazine, Psychopomp Magazine, BRAVA Magazine, Discovery, and several trade and corporate outlets.

I’m originally from Wisconsin, and I now live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, after spending some time in Europe. I have a special interest in stories about historical women, folk traditions, artists with a mission, off-beat entrepreneurs, and green tech.

I also blog about my new life in the Deep South, and I’m at work on a novel about sports, religion, and turtle soup.

I’d love to write for you. Leave a message below or get in touch on Twitter: @sandyknisely. By the way, here’s my resume.

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Tear Sheets

Magazine features & favorites

Features

“Around the World in Eight Badgers”
On Wisconsin Magazine, Spring 2017

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“The Warlord’s Biographer”
On Wisconsin Magazine, Spring 2015

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“Are the Kids Really All Right?
On Wisconsin Magazine, Winter 2014

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“Trial By Fire”
Badger Insider, Summer 2014

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“Brave Choices: Breast cancer, BRCA testing and difficulty decisions”
BRAVA Magazine, October 2013

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Short & Sweets

Beethoven’s Detective
On Wisconsin Magazine, Summer 2017
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Queen of Kilts
On Wisconsin Magazine, Spring 2016

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The Stained-Glass Wizard
On Wisconsin Magazine, Summer 2015

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Artful Hacking: A Conversation with Madison’s Poet Laureate 
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 2013


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Travel & Global Development

Travel & international development clips

Tourism

The 1920s Women Who Fought for the Right to Travel Under Their Own Names
Atlas Obscura, May 2017

How To Blend In At An Alpine Krampus Parade 
Atlas Obscura, December 2016

Designing a Weekend in Copenhagen
The European Adventure, February 2017

Travel Tips from a Pro: Peter Greenberg Tells You What You Need to Know
The Weekly, October 2012
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International Development*

Keeping Women in the Know
On Wisconsin, Winter 2015
Journalists often get the credit for shining light into the dark corners of government. But Laura Neuman has a better idea: empower citizens to demand transparency from their elected officials. She’s worked in nearly forty countries, mostly in the developing world, to advance laws designed to reduce corruption and promote human rights.
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Rethinking Disaster Management

Wisconsin Week, April 2008
How we think about a disaster stems from the origin of the word itself: “Disastro” is the Latin word meaning “from the stars.” Yet the idea that a disaster is an uncontrollable, divine event is something Don Schramm does not accept.
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Engineers Without Borders Wins United Nations Award
UW-Madison News, November 2009
For much of the year, the Saint-Cyr River in northern Haiti is a docile trickle 1 foot deep. However, when the late spring rains bear down on the Saint-Cyr, the river swells in some points to be more than 30 feet across and 10 feet deep. This volatility left a sinking feeling in a group of engineers when they realized the extent of the flooding during a trip to Haiti in June.
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New Water-Quality Projects in Kenya

UW-Madison News, September 2008
A warm glass of brackish water isn’t much relief after spending a day in the sun tilling your small farm by hand and guarding your crops from animals or thieves. Unfortunately for residents of the small Kenyan agricultural community of Orongo, the alternative to drinking the salty — but safe — water from distant boreholes (shafts dug deep into the water table) is drinking water from backyard wells contaminated by nearby pit latrines.
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Global Laptop Program Comes Home
UW College of Engineering, August 2008
In a snug two-bedroom apartment on Madison’s south side, Silas Bernardoni plugs in green and white laptops, charging them for class. The calm breaks when the doorbell rings and six children ranging from 6 to 10 years old tumble into the apartment, which has been converted into the Southdale Kids Club Day Camp. The students are here for a weekly session of the pilot program to introduce underrepresented minority children to the world of computers.

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Women in STEM

Outreach programs & achievements by female scientists

Tackling Wisconsin’s EMT shortage from behind the scenes
UW-Madison News, October 2015



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Inside the Box: A New Method for Breast Cancer Imaging
Perspective, June 2011



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The Chemistry of Memory: New Strategies for Battling Brain Disease
Perspective, October 2010



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From the Menominee Forest to Madison: Engineering a Path for American Indian Students
Perspective, December 2011


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Teaching the “Societal Side” of Engineering
Perspective, December 2011


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