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J. Ryan Anderson
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I am a journalist with over 30 years’ experience bringing stories to life. I often joke that I have ink instead of blood running through my veins. The simple fact is, there is nothing quite as exciting to me as the adrenaline rush I feel while chasing down a lead on a story. And yes, I even yelled “Stop the presses” once.


Barrios Technology                                                                                   4/2008- present
Technical Writer

  • Take real-time minutes supporting a variety of Human Spaceflight Programs at the Johnson Space Center to create the official written record.
  • Mentor and train technical writers and meeting support personnel.
  • Utilize proven Project Management principles to streamline and monitor various initiatives.
  • Work with NASA personnel, including the chairpersons and executive secretaries of review panels.
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with customers, peers, and management.
  • Skilled at flexibility and handling changing priorities in a dynamic environment.

Supernova Communications                                                                     1/2013- present
Founder, Chief Content Creator

  • Responsible for editing and managing all content on websites, podcasts and other products while maintaining a schedule of publish dates to ensure a wide variety of content is created while adhering to defined branding parameters.
  • Responsible for writing and posting multiple columns/blog entries/podcasts a week on various topics across a stable of sites addressing topics, including but not limited to, general interest, baseball and aerospace.
  • Manage the Twitter feeds for all of the websites.
  • Take all photographs for the sites.
  • Create graphics to enhance the text on blog and column entries.
  • Manage and respond to reader comments where applicable.

Grand Prix of Houston                                                                               10/2013- 6/2014
Credentials Manager

  • Oversaw and managed a staff of volunteers in the credential office for the Grand Prix of Houston held at NRG Park as part of the Indy Car Series.
  • Supported the issuance of credentials to sponsors, suppliers, vendors, volunteers, officials, and members of the media.
  • Ensured that proper credentials were issued to those authorized to receive them.
  • Resolved issues as they came up to ensure that visitors were able to get onto the race grounds in a timely manner.
  • Set up a schedule of volunteers to make sure that staffing coverage was sufficient to handle the demand from the drop of the green flag at the start of the event all the way to the checkered flag waving at the completion of the event.
  • Highly skilled at motivating a team of volunteers to achieve strong results.

SAIC                                                                                                         3/2005 to 4/2008
Executive Secretariat/Senior Technical Writer Space Shuttle Program

  • Prepared technical summary minutes during the Return to Flight effort following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
  • Mentored and trained technical writers and meeting support personnel.
  • Worked with NASA personnel, including the chairpersons and executive secretaries of safety review panels.
  • Generated official written record of meetings.

Texas City Sun                                                                                         7/2003 – 6/2004 
Sports Editor

  • Covered prep sports for six school districts in Galveston County, Texas.
  • Wrote game stories, athlete features and weekly columns.
  • Oversaw the paper’s coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII and wrote a daily column leading up to game.
  • Managed and mentored a staff of sports writers and correspondents.
  • Handled layout and design of sports section.
  • Posted updates to newspaper website.
  • Worked as a breaking news reporter during times when regular news reporters were not available.

Lee College                                                                                               4/2001 – 6/2003
Public Information Manager/Sports Information Director

  • Assisted marketing director with all aspects of campus promotion.
  • Wrote press releases and feature articles pertaining to various aspects of college life using AP style.
  • Handled all media relations for the college, from pitching stories about the college to handling inquiries from local and national media outlets.
  • Performed layout and design of all athletic publications.
  • Supervised a staff of graphic designers and student assistants.
  • Posted updates to college website.
  • Served as official campus photographer.
  • Organized public outreach events and trade shows and acted as an ambassador for the college in the community.
  • Represented the college at numerous conventions and trade shows.
  • Spoke to school groups regarding the technical and academic programs of the college.
  • Coordinated with local/national media and other stakeholders to promote college events and programs.

Pearland and Friendswood Journals, Pearland, TX                                7/2000 – 4/2001

Layout and Design Editor/Reporter/Education Editor

  • Wrote news and feature stories on a variety of topics from school board meetings to City Council Meetings.
  • Wrote environmental and aerospace articles on topics ranging from residents battling to stop a pet crematorium and chemical plant from moving to town to the desire to build a spaceport in the county.
  • Oversaw a complete rebrand and design update for the newspapers using desktop publishing programs on Macintosh and Windows based computers. 
  • Received First Place News Writing and Third Place Column Writing in the Texas Press Association’s 2001 Better Newspaper Contest.

Knight Times, Orlando, FL                                                                             1/97 – 11/99


  • Created a free weekly 10,000 circulation newspaper covering the University of Central Florida and surrounding area while enrolled as an undergraduate student.
  • Recruited and managed staff.
  • Assigned and wrote stories about campus.
  • Created overall graphic design and layout of the publication.


University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Pursuing a Master of Arts (M.A.) Mass Communication specialization in Public Interest
    Communication (In Progress)
  • Pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Social Media (In Progress)
Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX
  • Earned a Master of Science (M.S.) Kinesiology: Sport Management
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • Earned a Certificate in Project Management
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • Earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Journalism (Advertising/Public Relations concentration)
Valencia College, Orlando, FL
  • Earned an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in General Studies


University of Central Florida                             Orlando, FL
Sports Information Office Intern

Orlando Science Center                               Orlando, FL
Public Relations Intern


University of Central Florida Houston Alumni Club                                          
South Regional Chair

Lone Star Sports and Entertainment                                                                   
Ambassador Committee Representative (2014-2020)


  • Received First Place News Writing and Third Place Column Writing in the Texas Press Association’s 2001 Better Newspaper Contest.
  • Received a NASA Group Achievement Award for Return to Flight Effort, April 2006.
  • Named a Barrios Silver BEAR recipient in March 2016 for streamlining technical products turnaround times by 90% while maintaining data quality and making the product easier for the customer to navigate to get the data they needed in a simpler format.
  • Recipient of seven Instant Recognition Awards at Barrios Technology for going above and beyond job duties and creating process improvements which made the workflow easier for the entire team.