Laura DeMarco Petkovic Resume


Award-winning journalist and author with 20+ years of experience covering breaking news, arts and culture, business, investigative and solutions journalism. Managed staff of 15, oversaw newspaper sections and edited stories – and displayed significant staff, resource and deadline management skills to deliver consistent, high-volume output for daily and weekly resources and books. Skilled in social media promotions, blog creation and photojournalism. Additional industry proficiencies include healthcare, B2B and technical writing.

Work Experience

The Plain Dealer – Reporter and Editor, Dec. 1999 – April 2020

Writing:  Wrote and reported feature stories in the fields of arts and culture, breaking news, business and development, investigative journalism, public interest and local history, published on The Plain Dealer and Covered cultural institutions, historic preservation, business start-ups and entrepreneurs, iconic operators and legacy brands, arts and entertainment, immigrant groups and neighborhoods. Promoted stories and projects through social media. Shot and edited photos and videos used in print and online.

Editing and Management: Planned, assigned and edited cover stories, features, columns, reviews and listings for daily newspaper’s weekly Friday magazine, with circulation of over 300,000. Oversaw layout, photography and graphics for magazine. Managed magazine staff of assistant editors, writers, photographers and designers.

Author and Lecturer

Author of the critically acclaimed books “Lost Cleveland” (2017), “Cleveland Then and Now” (2018) and “Mark Twain’s America Then and Now” (2019), published on Pavilion Books (London).  Lecturer on Cleveland history and culture at museums, colleges, libraries, clubs and on local TV and radio.

Medical Writer

Report and write articles on various medical and health-related topics for print and online publications of The Cleveland Clinic. Topics include women’s and children’s health, gastroenterology, pharmacology and genetic diseases.

Cleveland Free Times – Editor

Planned, assigned, edited and wrote features, columns, reviews and cover stories for alternative weekly with circulation of 75,000. – Arts & Entertainment Producer

Helped launch Cleveland online media company.  Developed content for music, movies, neighborhood, books, dining and nightlife sections of the site..

Honors and Awards

State Library of Ohio Choose to Read booklist author 2019 – 2020
“Lost Cleveland” one of twenty titles chosen as a 2019-2020 Choose to Read book by the State Library of Ohio.

Host of Euronews “Notes from the USA” January 2019 episode
Selected as host of Euronews “Notes from the USA” travel show on Cleveland, one of twenty cities featured on European channel, reaching almost 400 million homes across 160 countries.

Commendation from the Council of the City of Cleveland, March 2018
Honored with award for “outstanding commitment, dedication and significant contributions as an Arts and Culture reporter for The Plain Dealer specializing in local history and lost landmarks.”


John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio,
B.A. English and Art History. Graduated magna cum laude

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office; Google Sheets, Docs and Slides; Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop; Videolicious and iMovie video editing. WordPress and other Content Management Systems. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat social media.

© 2022 Laura DeMarco