For some storytelling is a gift. Scot is an award-winning gifted artist with a soul-stirring ability to breathe life into prose.
-- Mike Green, Author of From Freedom to Ferguson
Samples of published works
Loose Lips Sinks Ships: Beneath the Surface of Hornblower Cruises, Allegations of Racism and Intimidation Threaten Its Public Image By A. Scot Bolsinger, SF Weekly, May 2014 (Cover Story)
The Heart of Dutch Bros. success, by A. Scot Bolsinger, for Built Oregon, February, 2015.
Coming Home: As California releases more inmates to relieve overcrowding, Oakland and San Francisco have developed innovative programs to deal with the influx. But there are many challenges ahead. By A. Scot Bolsinger, East Bay Express, July 2014. (Cover Story)
Oakland Police stay the course after 2014 improvements, By A. Scot Bolsinger, Oakland Local, Jan. 2015.
Learning through fun and games, By A. Scot Bolsinger, Built Oregon, February, 2015.
Fording the Rapids of Oregon Entrepreneurship, By A. Scot Bolsinger, Built Oregon, December 2014.
Faith strong in man freed after 21 years for wrongful conviction Trice-Edney News Wire, by Andrew Scot Bolsinger, February, 2014.
Craftsmanship meets impact, By A. Scot Bolsinger, Built Oregon, December 2014.
Economic Inclusion for minorities will come through entrepreneurship, by A. Scot Bolsinger, Brass Media, Feb. 2014.
"Downtown" column in Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, Va. helps spur the charge for downtown pedestrian improvements that culminated in 2014 award for Great American Streets.
Honors and awards
Scholarship recipient, San Francisco Writers For Change Conference, 2014
Society of Professional Journalists, Best Online Community Engagement, 2007
Society of Newspaper Editors, Editor of the Year nominee, 2005
Awards in investigative reporting, column writing, editorial writing and newspaper design, 2004-2007
Best Writing, Virginia Press Association, 2001
Oregon Newspapers Association, Rookie of the Year, nominee 2000
Developed from scratch the concept for a highly interactive news Web site that jumped from 3,000 page views per day to an average of close to 15,000 per day in less than six months, which eventually hit a daily unique visitor audience that passed our subscriber rate.
Completely redesigned the newspaper and its related publications resulting in numerous awards for layout and design.
Through a combination of editorials and in-depth multi-media news coverage, the Tidings’ led a successful push for a complete hand recount of a close city council election.
Conducted three independent error audits of the Ashland Daily Tidings to develop specific improvements to procedures that resulted in a 50 percent reduction of errors in print.
Developed and implemented a successful mentoring program that allows full-time staffers to work with interns and free-lance writers and photographers in a training environment.
Developed a public access television program called “The Editorial Page,” to reach non- newspaper readers and interest them in our Web site.
Developed a two-year strategy for “brand” improvement, which included entries in the Fourth of July parade, publishing ‘free’ special editions for high-profile community events and hosting town-hall community public forums.
Developed an expanded weekend edition to the newspaper, which included a special weekend section specifically geared toward Ashland’s large tourist market.
Served as a lead editor on Sept. 11, 2001, for the Daily-News Record in Harrisonburg, VA. The staff produced the first special edition of the newspaper since Pearl Harbor. The award-winning effort began at 9:30 a.m. and was on the streets by 3 p.m.
Won a Virginia Press Award for coverage of the Robb V. Allen Senate race, in which a sitting Virginia senator was defeated for the first time.
Wrote the front page column for the special edition chronicling the events of 9-11:
Title: Tragedy Without A Name
Date: September 12, 2001
By: Andrew Scot Bolsinger
Soon, a name will be given to a single day so shocking, that for now at least, it defies naming.
World Trade Center Attack? No, that was just the opening chapter. Airline Terrorism? Does nothing to describe the heart-wrenching deaths of New York firefighters coming to the rescue of others.
Throughout the day, news anchors compared Tuesday's horror -- played out live before a nation's astonished eyes -- to Pearl Harbor as perhaps the greatest attack on American soil.
The very scope of it all -- four hijacked commercial airplanes crashing throughout the East Coast, dive-bombing the Pentagon, destroying both towers of the World Trade Center, crashing in the country's heartland -- defies a name.
Evil does that. It transcends our capacity to imagine, much less name.
Fifty years from now we will remember where we were and what we saw when this disaster took place. By then, whatever name sticks to label this American nightmare will be remote history to the next generation.
It will be in history books. Other generations won't grasp the terror, because by then, evil will probably find even more horrible ways to display itself.
But I doubt we will forget.
We won't forget the images on the television screens, or the sad wish that this were just another made-for-television movie.
We won't forget the surreal images of towering infernos with no sign of the absolute horror taking place inside and on the streets below.
We won't forget the empty feeling in our stomachs, as we struggled to comprehend the staggering reality of the thousands of lives struck down.
The evil of this day has seared a nation's soul. But history also teaches us that it will not crush our resolve. For a day, one tragic, horrible day, America was brought to a standstill.
In the days to come, Americans everywhere will unite with a resolve to thwart this evil and others in the world like it.
This event will soon be named. When it is, let's hope it stands for the country at its best in times of tragedy.