Going back over 30 years, Mike Rau has worked in just about every genre and field of mass media imaginable, including the music industry, public relations, politics, radio as both a DJ and a talk show host, TV news as both an assignment editor and web editor, and print media as a columnist for a daily newspaper.
Beginning more than three decades ago, Rau first made his mark by producing music concerts featuring some of the top national acts in the fields of blues, jazz, and R&B, then moved into providing consulting services to several political campaigns, and collaborated in management of dozens of other special events.
Rau has also pursued parallel professional opportunities, including as host of a nightly music program on WLPM-AM radio in Suffolk, as a nightly talk show host with WTAR-AM radio in Norfolk, in two positions working in television news with NBC affiliate WAVY-TV 10 in Portsmouth, and as a columnist with the Daily Press in Newport News.
(Rau still keeps his toe in the water by occasionally staffing the assignment desk at WVEC-TV 13 in Norfolk.)
Since leaving WAVY-TV in November of 2008 after nine years - six-and-a-half as an assignment editor and two-and-a-half as senior internet editor. Rau has channeled his professional energy into providing consulting services in various aspects of mass communications to a broad range of clients.
Rau has also been a contributor to AltDaily for many years.
A highly experienced and respected journalist and writer, Rau also possesses advanced technical and creative skills in many areas associated with mass media, including website and Web content creation, audio engineering and video production.
Content Creator & Columnist • Multimedia Producer • Communications Consultant
Award-winning broadcast journalist, writer and digital producer who holds high the standard of providing complete, accurate and trustworthy content to all audiences. Strongly value the belief that compelling writing, creative storytelling, quality video, skilled multimedia display and story extras will reach and retain audiences. Wide breadth of journalism, digital and civic engagement experience means bringing a unique perspective, style and approach to writing and content presentation. Fascination with the processes of communication and collaboration make every assignment feel fresh and exciting.
SKILLS AND STRENGTHS
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL PROJECTS
Content Creator • Writer • Columnist
Communications Consultant • Campaign Management • Event Promotion
Digital Producer • Web Design • Website Administration
EMPLOYMENT & FREELANCE HISTORY
TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES AND EXPERIENCE