Jacqueline Fitzgerald started her career in London at SSC&B: Lintas Worldwide Advertising, then became a staff writer for a start-up magazine publisher, called Public Interface, run by Fleet Street journalists. She was promoted to features editor.
After returning to the U.S., Jacqueline worked at the Illinois Times newspaper before joining the Chicago Tribune as an editor and writer. Jacqueline worked at the Chicago Tribune for 13 years, in the business, lifestyle and entertainment sections.
She was a finalist for a Peter Lisagor exemplary journalism award, served on the Society of Professional Journalists’ Board of Directors and judged contests for the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Church Press and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscar competition for student filmmakers.
She was selected to be a creative-writing resident at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Ill., and attended a writing workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.
Jacqueline left the Tribune in 2007 to become a corporate communications/PR manager at the Wonderful Company in Los Angeles. Her first accomplishment was to launch a groundbreaking corporate blog. She also acquired skills in PR strategy, executive communication, media relations, social media and brand building. The Wonderful Company (then Roll Global) won PRWeek magazine’s PR Team of the Year award in 2009. Also that year, she attended a Crisis Communication Extended Seminar at UCLA.
Jacqueline founded Fitzgerald Communication in 2014 and works for clients in the food/retail, health/wellness, legal, financial and entertainment sectors. She served as an arts grant panelist for the West Hollywood Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission in 2014. She is a member of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Jacqueline especially enjoys food writing and, in 2019, she served as a judge in the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ writing competition (beverage category).
Additionally, Jacqueline ran FilmNoirBlonde.com, lectured on film noir at Los Angeles venues and programmed a film series for the Will & Ariel Durant Library. She covered the Cannes International Film Festival (as well as the Toronto and Chicago international film festivals) and studied film at the University of Chicago (Graham School).
Jacqueline has an honors degree in Communication from Michigan State University and studied Communication and Media at the University of London.