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Michelle Simakis
Email michelle.simakis@patch.com     Phone 216-571-8887 Hometown Columbus, Ohio Birthday November 7
Bio I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism and experience working at The Plain Dealer and The Columbus Dispatch. I lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., for four years, where I taught seventh-grade English and social studies through the Teach For America organization, and later, worked for Creative Artists Agency, a talent agency based in Los Angeles. I also tutored third-graders and freelanced for an education publication. I moved back to Ohio in August 2010 to be closer to my family and pursue a full-time job in journalism. Your Beliefs At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for you to inject your beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know. Politics  I am liberal, but I like to hear why people have opinions different from my own. Some members of my family watch Rachel Maddow, while others tune to Fox News, so sometimes Thanksgiving can get lively. Religion I am not religious, but I am interested in learning about other people's beliefs. Local Hot-Button Issues Cleveland Heights residents care deeply about what's happening in their community, especially in their schools and public libraries. Several non-profit groups such as Reaching Heights, FutureHeights, Home Repair Resource Center and the Heights Independent Business Alliance exist to protect and promote the issues that matter to residents most, including arts in the schools, housing and local business development.
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