In the hope of living out a Midwestern girl-turned-big-city-reporter movie plot in real life, Hollie Barnidge got serious about her writing career early on by breaking stories about lunch menu updates and student council elections at her St. Louis, MO, high school. Reporter pad in hand, she took it to the next level by earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, where she specialized in newspaper writing, editing, and design – and often stopped to watch in amazement as copies of the college paper rolled off the rattling presses.
Throughout her decade in the media industry, Hollie worked at a number of publications, including large daily newspapers, lifestyle magazines, and online outlets – though she laments the fact she never once got to yell out, “Stop the Presses!” As newspaper resources thinned and opportunity knocked, Hollie’s story took a new turn. She handed in her press pass for a local government ID and a chance to make a difference in the community in a new way.
Through her time spent managing Main Street programs for a downtown development authority, Hollie amassed experience in small business and economic development, public relations and marketing, planning and preservation, design, and volunteer management. This shift was a seamless segue into Hollie’s public relations career, which allowed her to unite her love of writing and information gathering to tell her clients’ stories. She has garnered 10 years of experience in the industry, previously working her way up to a senior-level role at a boutique PR agency in Savannah, GA.
As a senior account manager in ARPR’s Health IT Practice Group, Hollie is an incredibly savvy strategic consultant who believes that an integrated communications approach is the only path to true and consistent results. Her strong writing background has landed previous clients in feature stories in outlets like Yahoo News, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and History News magazine. She’s a firm believer that you have to make your own headlines by sniffing out all leads and cultivating sources.
In her free time, Hollie enjoys reading, cooking, and volunteering and has served various organizations, including the Hinesville Veterans Memorial Walk board of directors, the Exchange Club of Richmond Hill board of directors, and her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Hollie lives with her husband, daughter, and pup in Savannah. Though it’s not the big-city life of a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, she’s always on the prowl for the next big scoop – especially as it pertains to the latest best-selling novels and newly opened sushi restaurants. She’s been known to scan a newspaper from time to time.