Marcia Clemmitt


Knowledge of your audiences

Whether you’re a health business or a company that sells to the health sector, my reporting background means I know the people and groups you need to reach.

Patients, insurers, physicians, policymakers -- I’ve studied their needs and problems.

This means language and content in my copy will speak clearly to your audience, whether they’re health-system executives, medical coding staff or caregivers for elderly parents.

In 30 years of professional writing, I’ve written books, articles, interactive media and more for kindergarteners, PhDs and most people in between. Making complicated subjects clear and interesting is my specialty and my pleasure.

Awareness of unique challenges you face

As a longtime health-policy reporter, I know the ethical, legal and regulatory dilemmas that lurk in everything you do. That gives me a head start on finding the right tone and strategy for your message.

I’ve written on many technically complex or otherwise delicate topics and worked with fact checkers and expert-review panels for decades. So I’m super-careful about nuance and comfortable with internal-review processes.

Experience finding stories that set you apart

I’ve honed the reporter’s skill of finding unique details that set you apart from competitors.

And when you need interviews with internal experts or your customers?

…I’ve interviewed thousands of people.

I ask the right questions, make interviewees comfortable and know how to follow up. I’ve also used my interviewing skills to help dozens of experts from many disciplines translate their ideas into thought-leader pieces for expert and general audiences.

Journalism AND copywriting skills

One more thing….

I’m not just a journalist who calls herself a copywriter.

Before declaring that business writing was in my bag of tricks, I invested significant money, time and effort in studying content creation (including SEO optimization)…and both B2C and B2B copywriting.

My work marries reporting savvy and industry knowledge with the skills to construct copy that moves the reader.

Read my work.


"Marcia’s a cut above the rest because of how professional she is in doing that deep background research that makes the difference between copy that works and copy that doesn't. The research she did is a valuable asset we’ll have in the company for years to come.

"And once we saw her video sales letter script, we were blown away. It incorporated great stories…had great flow. If you’re looking for someone to produce high-value work for you, Marcia’s a great person to have a conversation with."

--Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, founder, Fit Father Project; Fit Mother Project

"I faxed your foreword to my editors. My "fairy god-editor" called and said, "Holy Sh--, this is terrific. It says it all!" And she never uses language like that. Thank you for taking the time, thought, and effort -- and thorough understanding of the message -- to create this. You're awesome."

--Pam Gilberd, author, The Eleven Commandments of Highly Successful Women

"In my 20 years of covering health policy on a daily basis in Washington, I've met no one who matches Marcia's combination of clear writing and passion for deeply researching a topic."

--John Reichard, founder, CQ Healthbeat; Executive Editor, Medicine & Health

"Marcia, everyone is simply on Cloud 9 about your memory piece! Would it be okay for us to send a copy to the members of the Congressional Bipartisan Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease? We think this is just the sort of comprehensive information they all should have."

--Toni Williams, senior associate director of public relations, Alzheimer’s Association; Vice President, public health, Burness

"Sloppy, ideologically biased reporting on the long-term care issue is endemic in the media. A welcome exception follows: CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY NAILS THE LTC ISSUE. We're very pleased to point you today to an excellent, 23-page report titled "Caring for the Elderly." It was written by Marcia Clemmitt. By all means, get a copy of this excellent article."

--Stephen A. Moses , President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Seattle, Washington

"Ever wondered what explains the often misguided health policies by our government? Well, it is beyond our humble brains to capture what may be going on but we now see that lack of access to quality information is certainly not the main problem.

"We are really impressed by the 24-page special issue Preventing Memory Loss by Marcia Clemmitt. The publication is worth the price for anyone active professionally in the healthcare sector, or interested in learning about latest research and policy trends, from academics to students."

--Alvaro Fernandez , CEO and founder,

"Wow – very comprehensive and well written. Congratulations on an excellent story."

--Dr. Bill Schaffner, Professor, preventive medicine, public policy, infectious diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

"I’ve at last had a chance to read your report. It is terrific! Obama’s State of the Union mentioned how we have to invest in science and so we need reports like this on various scientific issues to educate the legislators and their staff."

--Anindya Dutta, Professor and Chair, biochemistry, molecular genetics, University of Virginia School of Medicine

"I had no idea that the scope of your article was so ambitious until I read it. You've covered all the major bases (this almost never happens in one piece, especially one this size), This is a very useful addition to the literature about this often neglected field.

"You've consulted with many of the best people in the field, and you've laid out the issues succinctly and, I think, in a very balanced way. Congratulations."

--Len Fishman, Director, Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston

"I just wanted to let you know that I think this is the finest piece of work by a journalist on this topic that I have ever seen. I don't think this was an easy topic to gain a rounded view of - but you have done it. Well done."

--Clive Wynne, Professor, psychology, Arizona State University

"Thanks for this excellent article. You cover many aspects of the ART reality with insight and objectivity."

--Ronald M. Green, Professor, family and community medicine, Dartmouth Medical School

"My longtime colleague Marcia Clemmitt has asked me to pen a “couple of sentences saying that I’m an okay writer who doesn’t screw up deadlines or whatever.” More than glad to. Marcia is so good, so dependable, that, as an editor, I just about would weep with gratitude every time she came up in the assignment rotation. She’s a joy to work with, and yes, she NEVER misses a deadline. Funny too.

"Marcia wrote long-form, in-depth reports on a wide range of subjects for me at CQ Researcher, but mainly science, social policy, economics and technology. These 13,000-word reports are fact-checked and footnoted and have to be readable for college students but comprehensive and substantive enough to inform academics and other experts in specific fields.

"Marcia has a great talent for clear, concise, accurate writing and a polymath’s ability to get her arms around any subject, giving an editor confidence that she has mastered the field and doesn’t miss anything. The term consummate professional, overused as it often is, nonetheless is the only way to describe Marcia."

--Thomas J. Colin, former Editor and now Consulting Editor, CQ Researcher

"Marcia Clemmitt is among the most creative, versatile, discerning and dependable journalists with whom I’ve worked. Marcia works hard, digs deeply and consistently produces work of distinction and originality.

"She writes masterfully on a wide range of subjects, from science, health care and technology to religion, social policy, business and education, and the result is always first rate -- insightful, thorough, accessible, and accurate."

--Tom Billitteri, Managing Editor, CQ Researcher

"I had always hoped that there was a Congressional Quarterly Researcher on hackers and hacking. Well now there is one and I have to say, they have done a fantastic job.

"The author, Marcia Clemmitt, covered open source, transgressive hacking, Anonymous, and cybersecurity among many other issues. Out of all the recent publicly oriented publications on hackers and hacking, this is the one that is the most in-depth but accessible."

--Gabriella Coleman, McGill University Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy; author, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking