Bill Kline is a freelance writer, journalist and multimedia artist. This is his blog.
Born in Staten Island, New York, where he still resides, Bill attended Catholic school until college. He studied at the City University of New York (CUNY).
At CUNY’s College of Staten Island, Bill graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and a bachelor of science degree in communications (with a specialization in journalism). He also completed a minor in cinema studies. From 2005 to 2010, he earned Dean’s List Honors and graduated cum laude.
When he was not studying, or serving tables at his part-time job, he toiled away in the office of the official university newspaper The Banner. Starting as a general assignment reporter, Bill quickly moved up to the political page editor position and eventually earned the title editor in chief. Managing a staff from 10 to 20 at any given time, Bill became active in every single aspect of the newspaper’s production from generating story ideas, to laying the newspaper out in Quark and even managing the distribution efforts. As the newspaper’s editor, he also directed all business dealings including managing the budget, attracting advertisers and representing the newspaper before the Student Government and other campus officials. For his service, the Student Government and Department of English both presented him with awards at the time of his graduation.
His work with The Banner would help land him two prominent internships. For his first summer internship, Bill worked as a research assistant at The Nation magazine. That following spring he completed a second internship at The Village Voice under the guidance of veteran investigative reporter Wayne Barrett.
Before focusing his full attention on The Banner, Bill appeared in CSI’s Spring 2006 performance of Moliere’s Tartuffe. Outside of school, Bill managed to still find time to pursue his acting and production interests with a local comedy troupe, LDP Films.
After his undergraduate studies, Bill attended the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Deeply interested in politics, he took courses in national
political and urban reporting. He would work a third internship during his graduate studies, again with Wayne Barrett, but this time at The Nation Institute where Barrett wrote for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. At the time, much of the reporting and research efforts shifted towards a scandal that largely involved the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Following graduate school, Bill worked on a freelance basis. Based on his prior political reporting and research experience, Bill received an offer to write for the team of Heyliger for Senate as a speechwriter. While the campaign for the U.S. Virigin Islands legislature lasted just a few short months and ended in a narrow defeat, it provided Bill with remarkable experience at the age of 25.
Having developed an infatuation with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bill worked for a while in radio with Ackley Media Group based in St. Thomas. While telecommuting from New York, Bill helped conceptualize and launch a daily series of short news shows that aired on the AM station Radio 1000. Despite the limitations of having to work from New York, Bill cultivated meaningful contacts in the U.S. Virgin Islands government and community, but felt compelled to see the territory with his own eyes.
In the spring of 2013, Bill moved to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to work with the St. Croix Avis, the territory’s longest running daily newspaper. As a general assignment reporter and photographer, Bill covered spot news as needed while attending to the healthcare and education beats. During this time, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) had started to take effect, which had wide ramifications for an already struggling healthcare system in the territory. This provided Bill with the opportunity to break high impact news stories that greatly concerned the public interest.
After the completion of his tenure as a reporter for the St. Croix Avis, Bill moved back home to Staten Island. Since moving back to New York, Bill
strengthened his marketing experience while working for Celerant Technology Corp. Starting as a marketing assistant, Bill sharpened his digital media skills by helping with in-house graphic and editing work for advertisements and other visuals. Bill was also able to apply his writing acumen in other arenas, such as managing the various social media accounts, web-sites and e-mail marketing campaigns. He was soon promoted to the position of assistant copywriter.
Also during this time, Bill began working with a local professional wrestling federation based in Staten Island, known as Warriors of Wrestling. A lifelong wrestling fan, Bill continues to aide their promotion efforts and assists at live shows.
Bill also hates referring to himself in the third person while writing, but likes joking around.