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Shane DuBow is a writer/editor, teacher, filmmaker, and corporate consultant who specializes in immersion reporting, interactive storytelling, creative ideation, and strategic problem solving. He has written for magazines, produced and directed documentaries for radio and TV, created podcasts, edited blogs, developed websites, and, weirdly, managed museum openings. He is currently at work on a memoir about how he came to stand asbest-man at the wedding of a bank robber who once held a gun to his head.




Editorial Corporate
Chicago Magazine British Air
The Chicago Reader CMG Partners: Strategic Marketing
The Chicago Review Cramer-Krasselt
Details Energy BBDO & Proximity Worldwide
Glamour Goldman Sachs
GQ Golin Harris
Harper’s Magazine Green Circle Partners
The Los Angeles Times Magazine Hadrian’s Wall
Men’s Journal Hyatt
National Geographic IBM
The New York Times Magazine Jack Morton Company
Outside Remedy
Playboy Mode Project Design Studio
Ploughsares Motorola
Smithsonian Publicis & Hal Riney
Spin OfficeMax
Sports Afield Spiegel Online
This American Life VSA Partners


Strategic Projects Manager, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2006 – 2009
Supervised creation of nature-related multimedia exhibits and online content, including websites, podcasts, blogs, audio and video documentaries, video games, and 3D slide shows. Highlights included concept development and production oversight for “Lawn Nation: Art & Science of the American Lawn,” PNNM’s first ever self-produced major exhibition, and “The Little Green People Show: Sound Advice on Green Living,” a weekly podcast and daily blog on sustainable urban living. Outdoor Lawn Nation element, “Beyond Lawn,” awarded Mayor Daley Landscape Award, 2008 (full-time)

Documentary Filmmaker, Towers Productions, 2003 – 2006
Directed, produced, wrote, and copy-edited TV documentaries for A&E, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Outdoor Life Network, and The National Geographic Channel. Highlights included directing and producing the two-hour feature, “Facing Life: The Retrial of Evan Zimmerman,” and directing, producing, and writing the one-hour special, “Countdown to an Execution,” both for A&E (full-time)


EDITORIAL (the early years)

Assistant Editor, Ligature, 1991 – 1993

Developed, wrote, and edited grade-school textbooks (full-time)

Editorial Intern, Playboy, 1991

Wrote and edited articles, screened submissions, pitched ideas (freelance)

Nightlife Columnist, Inside Chicago Magazine, 1990 – 1991

Wrote monthly nightlife column (freelance)

Reporter-Researcher, The New Republic, 1990

Researched and fact-checked articles (part-time)



ThinkShop, 1996 – present

Developed new product, packaging, marketing, and strategic branding ideas for Coke, Combat, Denny’s, Dial, General Mills, Kraft Foods, Nabisco, Pepsi, Purina, Oscar Mayer, Raid, and others (freelance)

Green Circle Partners, 2007 – present

Created, facilitated, and led corporate retreats, experiential-learning initiatives, ideation sessions, and customized team-building events for Abbot Labs, Federal Express, KPMG, Kraft Foods, Motorola, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, TAP Pharmaceuticals, and others (freelance)

Just Kid Inc., 2006

Shot and debriefed video ethnographies of families playing games for market-research firm (freelance)



Private Writing Coach, 2006 – present
Led one-on-one manuscript reviews and consultations for adults (freelance)

Workshop Instructor, Mediaistro.com, 2006
Taught “Boot Camp for Journalists” to adult writing students (freelance)

Seminar Instructor, Mediabistro.com, 2006
Taught “Advanced Freelancing for Magazines” to adult writing students (freelance)

Adjunct Instructor, Columbia College, 1999 – 2000
Taught “Advanced Magazine Writing” to seniors majoring in journalism (freelance)


Editor-for-Hire, 1991 – present
Edited print and online content for individuals and business clients including Playboy, The Chicago Reader, Bliss Training & Consulting, Green Circle Partners, and others (freelance)

Investigator, Northwestern University Law School, Center on Wrongful Convictions, 2003 – 2004
Reinvestigated Ronald Kitchen “death row ten” case, found witnesses, recorded depositions (freelance)

Wilderness Trip Guide, Camp Echo, 1986 – 1997

Led teens on two-to-four week hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking trips in Michigan, Utah, Wyoming, and Alaska. Taught camping and survival skills. Facilitated team-building initiatives (seasonal)


Wisconsin Innocence Project, University of Wisconsin, screening, 2009

Animal Planet, Animal Witness, “The Michael Vick Case,” on-air interview, 2008

Museum Computer Network, Annual Conference, presenter & panelist, 2007

Wisconsin Pubic Defenders’ Criminal Defense Conference, screening & discussion, 2006

MediaBistro.com, “Get a Freelance Life,” panelist, 2006

Northwestern University, Creative Writing Program, “Writing for Fame & Fortune,” lecture, 2005

FTT Lecture Series, University of Notre Dame, screening and discussion, 2005

Northwestern University, Center On Wrongful Convictions, screening & discussion, 2005

New York University, Public Interest Law Center, screening & discussion, 2005

MediaBistro.com, “Pop Quiz for Shane DuBow,” online interview, 2005

Columbia College, Fiction Writing Department, lecture, 2003

University of Chicago, “Careers in Freelancing,” panelist, 2002

WBUR, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, “Is Society Going to the Dogs?,” on-air interview, 2002

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, lecture, 2000

Columbia College, Creative Nonfiction Week, panelist, 2000

School-House Gallery, Summer Reading Series (curated by Nick Flynn), reading, 2000

Newton Books: New Writers Series (with Steve Almond), reading, 2000

Emerson College, Advanced Writing Workshop, lecture, 2000

WBUR, Here and Now, on-air interview, 2000

University of Illinois at Chicago, Writing Program, lecture, 1999

WBUR, One in Ten, on-air interview, 1995


Columbia University: Graduate School of Arts, Fiction Writing, 1994

Oberlin College: Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing, 1990


National Magazine Award Submission, Feature-Writing, GQ 2001

Esquire Fiction Competition Finalist, Esquire, 1999

Vogel Nonfiction Scholar, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 1999

Elser Fiction Fellow, Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts, 1994

Phi Beta Kappa, Oberlin College, 1990

In The News

A Memoir Called… -- ShaneDuBow.com

Dog Bites Dog -- The New York Times Magazine

Real Wild Turkey -- GQ

Cilantro Love -- GQ

Vieques On The Verge -- Smithsonian

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Holiday Season Reminder -- Posted 12/15/10

Birth of a Site -- Posted 11/3/10

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