Rich Pliskin is an exceptional public affairs writer, editor and researcher with broad experience in journalism, corporate communications and public affairs.
Rich combines a talent for capturing his clients’ spoken and written voices with a skill for producing persuasive, clear and colorful copy for ethnically, culturally, linguistically and geographically diverse audiences.
His clients have delivered his ghostwritten speeches, presentations and remarks to the boards of major nonprofit advocacy organizations and institutions of higher education; global education, policy and research groups; presidential election forums; corporate employees; and college-commencement audiences. Rich’s ghostwritten OpEds and advocacy pieces have appeared in numerous general-circulation outlets and in the print and online publications of education-trade and legal-advocacy organizations.
When not toiling at the office, Rich occasionally toils at home. His freelance humor includes radio skits and short essays. His credits include public radio’s “Morning Edition,” “Marketplace” and “Living on Earth” programs; The New York Times, Ragan’s Speechwriter’s Newsletter, The Motley Fool’s Fool.com personal-finance website, and numerous other media. Rich recently completed a novel of political humor and has begun work on the next.
Rich also created DavidBrooksIsaFool.blogspot.com, the premier and perhaps only site dedicated to the pompous and pointless maunderings of whatshisname. Rich gave up the blog after discovering that reading Brooks twice a week was creating too much reactivity, aversion and dukkha. He also misplaced his administrative access to the site and now can’t even delete it, let alone post new entries or edit old ones.
A Career in Writing
Rich has spent his entire career writing about public affairs. After earning an English degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill Graduate School of Journalism, he worked as a general-assignment and legal-affairs reporter in New Jersey.
As a Staff Writer for the New Jersey Law Journal, he won awards for investigative, enterprise and business reporting and writing. Investigative articles on a New Jersey county prosecutor’s abuse of asset-forfeiture laws prompted a federal indictment that resulted in the prosecutor’s conviction in U.S. District Court. Using tax returns, he also disclosed that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest health-care philanthropy, was investing in tobacco stocks while financing cancer research.
Rich has taught undergraduate writing at Rutgers University, served on the Board of Trustees of the ACLU of New Jersey, and does volunteer work for local dog shelters.