Born, and for a short time raised, in New Orleans, Letita grew up on catfish, outings to the Hickory Ridge Mall and DJ Stan Bell (“serving ’em well”) in Memphis. After graduating with a BA in journalism from Xavier University of Louisiana, Letita spent a year working the cop shop as a general assignment reporter on the Night City Desk at The Lima (Ohio) News. Prior to setting out on her adventures in freelancing, she spent two years recruiting teachers for high-need schools with The New Teacher Project, a non-profit education policy reform group.
Her articles have been published in several magazines including Black Enterprise, NSBE and Presstime as well as the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal and the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Gazette newspapers. Letita has done editing and graphic design for All Shades of Pink, a Glenn Dale, Md.-based breast cancer advocacy group, and is frequently invited to speak at journalism conferences and workshops.
Recently published articles and design projects
“What do you NO?”, Black Enterprise, Dec. 2009
“Financial expert learns hard lesson after I.D. theft”, BlackEnterprise.com, Nov. 2009
ASOP Echo Anniversary Issue, Sep. 2009
Editor/graphic designer (October 2008-September 2009) All Shades of Pink, Inc.
Wrote content, designed and edited monthly ASOP Echo newsletter.
Freelance writer (October 2008-September 2009) Post-Newsweek Company
Authored local entertainment reviews, real estate features and neighborhood coverage for the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Gazette and Fairfax (Virginia) Times.
Freelance writer, editor & graphic designer (August 2008-present) Letita Aaron Editorial & Design Services
Produce and edit corporate communications for non-profits and small businesses. Pen original news and feature stories for national consumer magazines. Design newsletters, brochures, business cards and other printed materials for clients.
Freelance writer (March 2007-present) Earl Graves Publishing
Reporting small business stories and enterprise features for Black Enterprise magazine’s print and online editions.
Communications/program associate (November 2006-August 2008) The New Teacher Project
Generated copy for online and print recruitment materials including two monthly newsletters, the district recruitment website and advertisements. Developed and facilitated “Promoting Your School” workshop, which focused on creating compelling stories, printed collateral and school websites.
Reporter (October 2003-October 2004) The Lima News
Broke hard news stories for A1 and B1 and developed Sunday centerpieces on the Night City Desk. Served as an adviser for the Lima Senior High School newspaper staff.