Sonja Shin Resume


18,000+  –  Number of people reached by one social media post that was shared 154 times with Shin managing social media for startup Pacient (Facebook: @pacientcare)
60,000+  –  Number of people who viewed Pacient videos hosted by Shin in a month on Facebook
$3 million+  –  Estimated ad value of media coverage for Better Family Life (BFL) over six months with Shin as Marketing Director
342 million+ people around the world  –  Number of people reached in the 416 times BFL was featured or mentioned in the news over six months with Shin as Marketing Director
100%  –  Percentage of clients who had media appearances after Shin pitched them to the media
80+  –  Number of times Shin has appeared as an expert guest on local TV news in four years
30,000+  –  Number of viewers watching when Shin appears on Fox 2 News
546,000+  –  Number of times Shin’s YouTube videos have been viewed
1600+  –  Number of YouTube channel subscribers
6  –  Number of websites Shin designed and built for NASA and Stanford University

Work Experience             

Marketing & Digital Content Manager

Pacient                                                                                                  St. Louis, MO   5/17 to present

  • Host and produce videos.
  • Train staff to be powerful presenters in public talks and in interviews in the media.
  • Manage company social media (e.g., one Facebook post was shared 154 times and reached more than 18,000 people).
  • Host weekly Facebook Live videos, which are viewed about 20,000 times a month.
  • Initiated and lead partnership with Washington University School of Medicine.
  • Help develop user experience for new technology (chatbot).
  • Write mental health articles and edit all articles for company website and newsletter (
  • Design and develop webpages and marketing print collateral.
  • Help strategize company direction and education.
  • Pitch company to the media.
  • Save company thousands of dollars a month in consultant fees by doing that work in-house.

Communications & Marketing Director

Better Family Life                                                                                 St. Louis, MO   10/16 to 5/17

  • Shared youth, health, housing, workforce development, business development, cultural arts and community outreach programs of Better Family Life, a non-profit that helps more than 50,000 children and adults each year by providing services to strengthen families and communities to break the cycle of poverty in St. Louis, especially in the urban core.
  • Train staff to be powerful presenters in media interviews.
  • Wrote press releases, organization newsletter and success stories.
  • Managed and led redesign of website and social media.
  • Built database of organization success stories.
  • Led organization rebranding.

Media Trainer  |  Public Speaking Coach  |  Marketing Consultant (see website portfolio and what clients say about working with Shin)

Shin Spot Media                                             San Francisco, CA, and St. Louis, MO   10/03 to 10/16

  • Train staff to be powerful presenters in public talks and in interviews in the media.
  • Work with clients to develop media and marketing plans.
  • Pitch clients to the media. 
  • Develop relationships with reporters and producers.
  • Help clients refine their message so they deliver a message that their audience cares about.
  • Write copy, bios, company summaries, media pitches and press releases – learn more about media training & strategy here.    
  • Design and build websites and blogs.
  • Create messaging, branding and graphics.
  • Handle social media outreach on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • Long-term website clients have included:
    • Soul-Esteem Center (St. Louis, MO, 2/14 to 10/14)
    • Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA, 5/09 to 7/12)
    • NASA Ames Research Center/SOFIA (Mountain View, CA, 10/03-4/04)

Host/TV Reporter (see reel)     

          St. Louis Convention & Visitor Commission     St. Louis, MO   4/15 to 8/16
          HEC-TV                                                                  St. Louis, MO   5/12 to 9/14
          Edward Jones                                                       St. Louis, MO   11/12 to 4/14
          1380AM The Woman                                           St. Louis, MO   5/13 to 12/13
          KTVI-TV (Fox)                                                       St. Louis, MO    6/12 to 5/13
          KPIX-TV (CBS)                                                      San Francisco, CA 1/11 to 2/11
          KPIX-TV (CBS)                                                      San Francisco, CA 1/04 to 4/04
          KIRO-TV (CBS)                                                      Seattle, WA 4/98 to 4/99
          KPLR-TV (Independent)                                       St. Louis, MO   8/96 to 4/98

  • For St. Louis CVC: Report on noteworthy businesses, organizations and people around St. Louis.
  • For HEC-TV: Reported on science, arts, culture and education; examples of reports: 
  • For Edward Jones: Hosted financial advice videos for customers.
  • For 1380 The Woman: Hosted daily two-hour radio show focused on health, empowerment and beauty with Fox 2 News Anchor Angie Mock; chose show content and arranged interviews.
  • For KTVI-TV: Filled in as traffic reporter/producer.
  • For KPIX-TV: Reported general assignment news for morning newscasts (with live shots every half hour from 5am to 7am), noon newscast and weekend newscasts (live and recorded); conducted live interviews; researched, pitched, produced and wrote reports (examples of reports: earthquake in the Bay Area, reopening of the Palace of Fine Arts, elimination of toll takers at Golden Gate Bridge).
  • At KIRO-TV: Reported general assignment, health/ medical, and technology news (live and recorded); researched, pitched, produced and wrote reports (examples of reports: research on impregnating men, program to get free computers, high-tech police training).
  • At KPLR-TV: Filled in as morning news anchor, reported general assignment, health and medical, and technology news (live and recorded); researched, pitched, produced and wrote reports (examples of award-winning KPLR-TV reports: Holiday stroke syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, investigative report into laundry and cleaning staff performing nursing duties).               

    Beauty and Wellness Writer/Blogger/Vlogger

    Hello Beauty (blog with about 500 visitors/day)      St. Louis, MO   12/09 to present                                                             St. Louis, MO   7/09 to present                                                                     San Francisco, CA  11/09 to 10/10
    The Coveted (blog with about 1,000 visitors/day)    San Francisco, CA  10/08 to 12/09

    • Appear as beauty expert guest on Fox2 and KPLR news.
    • Write about health and beauty, and reviews of beauty products, spas and restaurants.
    • Shoot and edit makeup lesson videos with top makeup artists from major beauty companies, like Bobbi Brown and Guerlain (videos appear on Hello Beauty, and on Shin's YouTube channel, where the videos have been viewed more than a half million times).
    • Designed and built Hello Beauty blog.

    Presenter/Content Developer

    NASA Ames Research Center                                     Mountain View, CA  6/04 to 2/05

    • Promoted NASA missions by presenting latest mission news about Mars and other NASA missions to the public in an interactive theater with a SGI supercomputer at NASA Ames visitor center, which has about 200,000 visitors each year.
    • Managed SGI supercomputer and negotiated maintenance and upgrade costs, saving NASA thousands of dollars.

    Website Developer

    NASA Ames Research Center                                    Mountain View, CA  7/03 to 4/04

    • Designed and built a new website for SOFIA, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy website (

    Public Affairs and Development Specialist

    NASA Ames Research Center                                    Mountain View, CA  6/99 to 6/03

    • Designed and built NASA Research Park website, a nearly 400-page site for Ames Development Office with top-ten search engine ranking; spearheaded site special sections, such as the Media Center for reporters.
    • Designed graphics for website and print marketing.
    • Helped develop policy and strategies for the marketing, development and fundraising for NASA Research Park and a new visitor center.
    • Helped plan, implement and present at special events for the public, the media and government leaders.
    • Developed concepts for, produced, edited and designed marketing and outreach publications, such as brochures and the award-winning NASA Ames Development Plan and the External Relations Fiscal Year Report. 
    • Communicated information about NASA’s activities to the public at events, such as the Reno Air Races.
    • Conducted interviews and wrote articles for the center newsletter.
    • Worked with and helped coordinate volunteers at the visitor center.
    • Managed Assistant to Director of Development and helped manage Education and Development teams.
    • Received the NASA Ames Honor Award for Excellence for overall excellence as a contractor (15 people chosen for the award among approximately 1,500 contractors, 2001). 

    Associate Producer and Researcher

    NBC Network News                                                    New York, NY  1/94 to 12/95

    • Interviewed doctors, scientists, patients and national news figures such as former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Rob Reiner for general assignment, science and medical news reports.
    • Researched and field produced for domestic and foreign correspondents and producers of Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and The Today Show.
    • Arranged and field produced shooting of interviews and b-roll around the country.
    • Produced on-location live-shot for The Today Show.
    • Produced editing of Sunrise and The Today Show news reports.
    • Determined newsworthiness of breaking science/medical news for Nightly News and The Today Show.
    • Filled in as weekend assignment editor.

    Technology News Intern

    The Next Step (The Discovery Channel)                   San Francisco, CA 1/93 to 12/93 

    • Pre-interviewed experts such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, helped choose video, pitched and researched news reports.
    • Assisted host and reporter Richard Hart with The Next Step, a series of technology reports seen and heard on KRON-TV and other NBC television affiliates, CBS news radio stations and The Discovery Channel.


    University Of California, Santa Cruz, CA                 Fall 1993
    Graduate Science Communication Program, a world-renowned program that admits ten students per year (left early to accept a job offer from NBC Network News). 

    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL                     9/88 to 6/92
    Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with a concentration in science journalism and studies in the Medill School of Journalism. Additional coursework in computer programming, public speaking, marketing, astronomy and environmental history. 


    • May You Shine, Mental Health App Developer – Provide resources to promote self-esteem and self-care to prevent suicide and self-harm (suicide is now the #1 killer of teen girls); One of the winners of the 2017 Washington University Brown School of Social Work Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition
    • Webster University, Instructor – Co-teach a workshop on personal branding in the Business Management department (April 2015)
    • Project Greatness, Media and Marketing Lead – Lead marketing outreach for a series of community service projects to empower kids and underserved people in North St. Louis – nearly all the media in town covered our project – see media coverage
    • Saint Louis Art Museum, SLAM Underground Task Force Member – Help plan events and get event sponsors
    • Webster University, Guest Speaker and co-taught a daylong personal branding workshop (2015)
    • Venture CafeWorkshop Presenter
    • StartLouis, Volunteer – Help with events and lead one-minute pitch part of the monthly meetings (2015)

    Honors and Awards

    • Telly, Remy (Houston International Film Festival), Aegis, and Axiem Awards for narration in EdgarVille, an interactive exhibit about the national airspace system, which was developed by NASA in conjunction with the FAA and was exhibited at Rockefeller Plaza, the NASA Ames Exploration Center, airports nationwide and at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (2004). 
    • NASA Ames Honor Award for Excellence for overall excellence as a contractor (15 people chosen for the award among approximately 1,500 contractors, 2001). 
    • Telly, OMNI, Silicon Valley International JOEY, and Axiem Awards for narration of the Journey to the Planets exhibit, which was featured at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose (2001). 
    • American Heart Association Eugene Field Media Award for KPLR-TV report on holiday stroke syndrome (1997). 
    • Missouri Nurses Association Media Award for KPLR-TV investigative report on the use of laundry and cleaning staff to perform nursing duties at hospitals (1997). 
    • Missouri Department of Mental Health Media Award for KPLR-TV report on seasonal affective disorder (1997). 
    • Ohio State University William D. Stewart Memorial Broadcast Lectureship on competing for airtime on network news (1994). 

    Skilled in Working With

    • Canva
    • iMovie
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Google Docs
    • Mac and Windows
    • HTML
    • Dreamweaver
    • WordPress
    • Squarespace
    • Blogger
    • SEO
    • Adobe Spark


    “Sonja is a creative, motivated self-starter who can be counted on to get the job done effectively and on time. She brings flair and imagination to her work while staying within job requirements, funding and time constraints.”

       - David Morse
      NASA Technology Partnerships
      Director, Silicon Valley

    "Sonja is incredibly skilled at building social media and marketing for ideas that are essentially boring and hard to understand... Before Sonja was hired on, our team struggled to engage and educate our followers to better explain exactly what it was we were trying to do, despite hiring several highly qualified consultants to help us. When Sonja came on board, her suggestions of how we could improve worked quickly and with great success. The educational videos she did got over 5x+ more views than our articles. Even though she does an amazing job as a marketing and media specialist, she has been a jack of all trades and supported our efforts in website improvements, content development, and our business model."

       - Kyla Bauer
       Pacient Head of Operations
       St. Louis

    “We employed her based on her perceived potential. She lived up to that and delivered more. Whoever, decides to work with Sonja Shin will find she brings a new positive energy to the workplace that is a beyond-expectations benefit to the organization.”

       - Smash (Asher Benrubi)
       Radio Personality & Entertainer
       (Former Program Director for
       1380 The Woman), St. Louis

    "I AM A FAN OF SONJA. She has helped me with my message, with being clearer and with how to present in a smoother way with more impact."

         - Tessa Greenspan
    One of 25 of the Most Influential
       Women in St. Louis (St. Louis
       Business Journal)

    Nominated for Best PR Firm to St. Louis Small Business Magazine by a client:

    "I have have found Sonja's coaching and strategies are on trend with current media outlets and very insightful. I can spew out talking points and she puts them into a concise 'pitch' that totally makes sense! She is well connected with the media, and has been seen/heard on local television as well as radio."

        - Pam Bredenkamp
        Health Coach, St. Louis

    "Whether looking for quick tips or more in-depth training, Sonja can help you improve your public image. During our session, it did not take long for her to help me recognize negative tendencies and give me tips to improve perceptions."

         - Bruce Wilkinson
           CEO, BenMedica, St. Louis

    "If you're a startup you need to talk to Sonja. In our brief meeting she was able to give some valuable insights and tips on presenting pitches that would have taken me months or even years to learn."

         - Mark Neville
           CEO, FinVR, St. Louis

    "I have worked with Sonja over the last 4 years on software that I have developed. She is an exceptionally talented and dedicated. She is a true professional who I know I can depend on. She has high standards, a strong work ethic and works well on tight deadlines. She is enthusiastic, motivated and personable. I look forward to opportunities when I can work with her. I know that if she is involved with one of my projects, I will be able to accomplish something that is truly excellent."

         - Geoffrey Bruce
       NASA Education Office

       Project Manager, Silicon Valley

    "Out of 19,000 writers on, Sonja stands above and beyond. I shared her work and achievements with the entire community as an example of what every Examiner should strive for."

       - Lindsay Galloway Category

    "Sonja Shin is an awesome pro who smoothly delivers her lines with just the right emphasis and believability. She shows true understanding of content and is very likeable both on and off camera, so we would definitely use her again."

        - Leinicke Group

    “Sonja Shin’s skills as an interviewer were vital in assisting me convey a topic I am passionate about. I have historically viewed myself as awkward and/or ineffective when I step before a camera. After getting the courage to view my own video produced by Sonja, I actually brought myself to tears as I was so moved by the authenticity of my own message.  Sonja seamlessly assisted me in delivering my heart-felt message.“

        - Tracy Floeh
       Philanthropist & Animal Rights
       Activist, St. Louis

    “It was truly a pleasure to work with Sonja in developing solid marketing materials to support my health coaching practice. Sonja took the lead and came up with countless creative solutions to help me effectively represent and expand my business."
        - Christine Gonzalez
       Health Coach, Los Angeles

    “I am so grateful to Sonja for her guidance. Her warmth and encouragement helped me to build confidence and push past my fears of having my voice heard on radio and in video. Working with Sonja was not only an incredible investment for my business but also for my self-development. I highly recommend her.” 

         - Krista Holt-Shippe
    Therapist, St. Louis

    "Based upon her job performance, her attitude and disposition, as well as her technical knowledge and creativity, I would clearly recommend her as an asset to any organization. Sonja offers a wealth of ability and dedication to any professional pursuit."

        - Phylis Clay Sparks
       Soul-Esteem Center Spiritual

       Director, St. Louis