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September Woman of the month: Naomi Inman

September 24, 2012

By Michal Ann McArthur,
Bend writer

Don’t you love to peek behind the curtain to find out who’s hidden back there, making things happen? I do. I finally got to give that curtain a yank yesterday, and I discovered a remarkable woman. I have to tell you about Naomi Inman and what she’s been doing for all of us behind the scenes.

In 2008, Naomi was involved in the launching of the Women’s Report. She brought a wealth of experience and knowledge with her. She earned her master’s degree in journalism and radio from Regent University, honored as the outstanding graduate in the school of journalism. She worked in Portland at radio station KPDQ as a producer and copywriter. For two and a half years she worked as a writer and the assistant editor of Brainstorm Northwest, a policy magazine. Once her sons were born, though, she stepped away from the professional world and focused primarily on raising her children. She said, “I fit in writing projects when I could with an eye toward expanding my career and my horizons as I launched my sons.”

In the fall of 2009, Naomi became the editor of Women’s Report. When I asked her what motivated her to accept the position, she said, “My main vision was to keep myself in the industry of writing and editing. . . . I loved their immediacy and the readership—the fact that a gal could write something that a couple thousand could read. Open relationship isn’t out there much for women writers. The Women’s Report offers a great exchange of exposure.”

What has it been like being editor? Naomi said, “I spent about four hours a week at home reading a lot of bad writing and some good writing, searching for bloggers, talking to people I knew who wrote. It was harder to find quality writers than I thought it would be. . . . When I found a writer who connected [with readers], I asked her to post.”

She said the greatest satisfaction she experienced as editor was “when a really great writer discovers us and starts to blossom in her gift.” I wasn’t surprised to hear that—it’s just like the warm, nurturing editor that I’ve come to know.

After fifteen years of being at home, Naomi has found that her sons no longer need her to drive three hours a day doing carpool duty. She’s stepping down as the editor of Women’s Report, ready to move forward in her career. She’s presently searching for a meaningful, creative work opportunity.

We wish her the best, but we’re certainly going to miss her. At least, as editor. The good news is that now that she’s no longer editing, she’s going to have time to write. I’m looking forward to seeing her byline in Women’s Report any day now. That will be my consolation prize for losing such a gifted, encouraging editor.

Thanks for all you’ve done for us behind the scenes, Naomi. You go, girl. Keep in touch.

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Gene September 24, 2012

Thanks and happy trails!

ggg September 24, 2012

life is about relationships… so is teaching… sounds like a good teacher.

T. Parker September 24, 2012

Love those Oregon history articles she did on famous women.

Dawn September 24, 2012

I enjoy reading about the people that makes things happen “behind the scenes.” A great look into the life and work of one sure-to-be-missed editor.

Olivia September 24, 2012

Thank you, Michal, for this wonderful tribute to Naomi. Thank you, too, for this opportunity to thank her online. I look forward to reading more or her insightful articles.

Terisa September 24, 2012

Nice insight into who Naomi is, can’t help but wish her the very best…….plus I love Annie’s (Michal) writting………the first line always catches my attention!

Andrea Parunak September 24, 2012

Thanks, Michal Ann for this peak behind the curtain, and thanks, Naomi, for all your years of service. May your next step be wonderful!

Windsong September 24, 2012

Who knows where this new journey will lead.

J. Renner September 24, 2012

Great tribute, Michal. I enjoyed the peek behind the curtain.

T,Taylor September 24, 2012

Naomi sounds like a women who is not intimidated by the talents of others yet recognizes her own abilities and contributions. That should be an inspiration to all of us. It’s easy to see why you have enjoyed working with her.
And note Michal: considering all the “bad writing” Naomi read she obviously saw something in your writing worthy of publishing. Therefore, I say, you go girls…Naomi and Michal….keep writing!

claryce September 25, 2012

Thanks for sharing a peek behind the curtain Michal. Beautiful tribute to Naomi

Kathi September 25, 2012

Lovely article on a lovely lady. Of course, I can’t help but wonder…so who’s going to replace her? Are you going to apply, or has the position already been filled? Best to all of you!

terri patrick September 25, 2012

This is a woman writer who will continue to inspire and bring good things to us all. Thanks and good luck!

Naomi Ruth September 25, 2012

Michal Ann is one of the treasures during my Editorship at OWR and I look forward to reading you for years to come. Thank you for a lovely tribute and all the kind words. This website is a beautiful resource and outlet for local talent!!

John Ward September 25, 2012

Nice tribute to Naoomi. We need more like her. Hope her career blossoms further!

Sherry Green September 26, 2012

Nice article. Naomi: thank you for all your hard work.

Leona Atkinson September 26, 2012

So glad you were chosen Woman of the Month Naomi. Good article Michal. Congratulations and Blessings for your future, Naomi. I am glad I had the chance to meet you through Oregon Women’s Report.

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