RedSnow Ltd. is a website dedicated to the art and craft of writing. More specifically, to the writing of Tom Squitieri. Tom has been a journalist for more than 30 years, spending decades overseas as a war correspondent for USA Today and various other publications.
Tom’s first writing came in elementary school, on a limited run play based on the life of the Aztec Indians. His short story writing started in his eighth grade English class and in high school, he was a founder and contributor to an underground newspaper (which, in the spirit of the times, had no name but only “Pencil in Title of Your Choice”). In college, he penned a regular column in the school newspaper called “Squirrel’s Cage.”
Tom’s passion to use communication, writing and training to give structure and voice to the important work and thoughts comes from being a superb policy writer with an uncanny knack for rendering complex ideas into simple compelling text; those skills have resulted in three Overseas Press Club Awards and three White House Correspondent Association awards as a journalist and, in the public relations arena, a winner of a 2007 Communicator Award of Distinction and finalists for a 2015 Gold SABRE North America reward.
Tom writes in ways to engage, stimulate and connect with all kinds of people. As a journalist, he has worked all over the world and brought the stories of people to readers; they read, they cared and they acted because of his reporting. His ability to embrace other cultures, to connect and immerse myself with people in every location, result from the skill of listening and getting people to trust. He brings a special emphasis on working to create focused and intelligent strategies and messages that support successful media campaigns, from simple announcements to super-charged issues. In addition to media counsel, his writing skills help clients communicate with maximum credibility and impact.
In academics, Tom was invited to create and then teach a unique college course at Washington and Jefferson College that combines journalism, public affairs, ethics, philosophy, current affairs and war zone survival skills into a practical application to broaden thinking and day-to-day success. That course guides students on how to ask questions that cannot be dodged, provide answers that are detailed and on-point, and unleash the ability to think on one’s feet and use all of one’s senses. It also teaches the merits of when to be silent and how to write creatively and clearly.
He also was an adjunct professor at American University, teaching courses on “The Media and Foreign Policy” and “Writing for Communication.” Tom also created classes and taught speech writing and presentation as part of a communication skills program developed for the group Ladies America, a national organization
that connects, educates and mentors professional women across the nation. He spoke
on writing and publishing at their annual event and the class was an outgrowth from those appearances. (One woman credited him with helping her finish her book, which has since been published.) In addition for three years he also spoke on the role of the media in political campaigns at the Graduate School of Political Management at GWU, with the class on Political Communications Strategy.
Tom currently writes and reports for Talk Media News, based in the Pentagon. His decades of daily journalism – from an underground newspaper in western Pennsylvania to USA TODAY — produced deep and wide reporting and writing experience in coverage of national politics, defense, crime, breaking news, Congress and the White House, and international conflicts.
Tom’s current work at his own business, TS Navigations LLC, focuses on writing across the spectrum of client needs and issues, media and communications strategy, and crisis communication.
Tom is a member and former officer of the Overseas Press Club and the National Press Club. He has been on all seven continents – and in dozens of places he intends to keep secret.