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Annie Zaleski

Annie Zaleski
Annie Zaleski has certainly optimized partnering digital platforms whenever she can. She’s always taken advantage of opportunities to appear on radio or video programs, she says, when her appearance is requested based on an article she’s written. In December 2017, she was invited to appear on an NPR program after penning an article for Salon titled “In Defense of Paul McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmastime’” to discuss why she liked the sometimes ridiculed song.

“I try to do that stuff as much as possible,” she says.

A Lakewood-based freelance writer who began her career primarily doing music journalism, Zaleski’s been published by the A.V. Club, NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Spin, Thrillist and Vulture. Locally, she’s written for Cleveland Magazine and other Great Lakes Publishing publications and for Crain’s Cleveland Business. She’s gradually expanded her repertoire to include business, culture, food and personality profiles.

In lieu of a blog, she works diligently to keep her Facebook page updated with all of her most recently published articles, radio and video appearances, and any other news, and she’s currently redesigning her website to ensure that it also is chock-full of her latest work. She’s filed video interviews with musicians such as Nelly and, when asked, has served as a commentator on the Cheddar online TV channel.

“I am extremely active on social media, Twitter especially,” says Zaleski, who has more than 5,000 followers. “Basically, anything I write I will put on Twitter, and if something is happening, I comment about it on Twitter. I’ve also gotten assignments from editors who’ve seen my writing on Twitter, so I consider that a valuable tool for career development.”

Not digital but still quite social, are the workshops Zaleski teaches for Literary Cleveland. “That’s one of the other things I do to get my name out there,” she confirms.