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Home > Tools for Freelancers > Members > Freelance Directory > FRANK KLIMKO

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Specializes in: Government, Healthcare, Science, Technology, crime

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Work has previously appeared: National Daily Newspaper, Daily Newspaper, Community Newspaper, National Magazine, Trade Magazine, Online Newsmagazine, Newsletter

More than 30 years of increasing responsibilities in the newspaper industry as a reporter, feature writer and editor. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. A high-energy, enthusiastic and dependable individual who excels in challenging and competitive environments. Well versed in AP style.

I have a BA degree in a double major: Elizabethan English and Communications. I am a journalistic nomad.

With the Houston Chronicle, I covered 32 Texas executions and attended one at the request of the condemned man whom I had befriended during interviews on Death Row. As one of my last big stories, I did the first computer-assisted-reporting project for the Houston Chronicle, using data from the state’s criminal justice system that showed how the prison system had a revolving front door.

At the San Diego Union Tribune, I was the first to openly repeat the words “No Humans Involved” – NHI – which was whispered by police and investigators to describe the victims in a string of unsolved prostitute killings. The stories shook the San Diego criminal justice system and earned me the wrath of the DA, sheriff and police chief, who all demanded my head. Which they did not get.

Now in Northern Virginia, I’ve worked for a number of publications on a freelance basis covering the federal government/budget, regulatory agencies, Congress, technology, the White House and the intersection between money and politics. Washington is – after all – the capital of influence peddling. I currently cover the financial and insurance world and how they are influenced by Washington policy makers.

Last updated: 3/2/2020 ()

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