CINDY HAMPEL is an award-winning writer who has consulted, reported for daily newspapers, and served in corporate media relations. A Wayne State University graduate, Cindy earned an Award of Merit from the Associated Press Society of Ohio for Investigative Reporting and an Award of Merit for Best Feature from the International Association of Business Communicators, Detroit Chapter. She is a member of the Detroit Working Writers. In spare moments, Cindy enjoys collecting quotations, playing the piano, updating Cindy’s Coffeehouse, and blogging.



  1. Cindy,
    Hi my name is Alice and I am a friend of Ellen Schewe’s. She said you would be interested in using my pig and dog picture on your blog. Yea that is fine with me. If you can get it off facebook go ahead. If not email me and I will email you a copy. Oh and appologies for the late reply, I live in Tonga and only get to the computer once a week. Have a great day.

  2. Hi Cindy,
    I’m writing a story for Crain’s DetroitMakeItHere.com about what “freebie journalism” means to writers. The Internet provides many opportunities for anyone to write and be published to a wide audience online. Blogs abound and anyone can be an expert or “citizen journalist” on Examiner.com, About.com, Wikipedia, YourNews.com, etc.

    Does writing a blog about eating local or writing about running for Examiner.com help a writer develop a specialization, brand himself/herself, and become known by a wider audience? Can it lead to a book deal as in the movie “Julie & Julia” or to paying gigs? Or is it a waste of time and is “citizen journalism” a threat to writing as a paying profession?

    I would like to get opinions from metro Detroit writers. Would you like to talk to me for the story about your own experience with “freebie journalism” and your views about it as a writer?


    Liz Voss

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