Amy Wimmer Schwarb
Specializes in: Profiles, Business, Government, Health/Wellness, Lifestyle, Travel, Education, Environment, Science
Amy Wimmer Schwarb is passionate about journalism and storytelling. She triple-checks her work. She obsesses over details so her editors don’t have to. And she’s pretty easy-going (for a passionate, triple-checking, detail-oriented writer and editor).
Her work has been honored across several genres of journalism, including features and profiles, breaking news, business writing and sports reporting. She has also written extensively about home design, the environment, real estate, education and the coastal communities of Florida; is an accomplished editor of magazine service packages; and has experience as a travel and dining writer. Her current clients include magazines, newspapers, websites and trade publications. Currently, she is under contract with the University of Michigan to write a book about the history of the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.
Schwarb began her professional career at the St. Petersburg Times and spent nine years there as a writer and editor before returning to her native Indiana, where she was executive editor of Indianapolis Monthly. Much of her writing voice and work ethic are rooted in her familial heritage in north-central Indiana, and she has written several award-winning essays about the Hoosier experience. She got her start in journalism at age 12 at the Warren Weekly in Huntington County, Indiana. There, she worked for free, though the editor did give her a gift certificate from The Outfit in downtown Warren. Schwarb used it to buy a purple paisley sweater, which she considers to be her first journalism paycheck.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University, where she was editor in chief of the Indiana Daily Student. She has taught journalism as an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis, where she also advised the student newspaper, The Reflector. She wrote a play about the newspaper industry that was selected in 2010 to be staged at an Indianapolis playwriting festival. Called Dash Thirty Dash, it is set in a rural Florida newsroom.
Last updated: 10/18/2016 ()