Renee Frojo is a multimedia journalist and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently writes for the San Francisco Business Times on restaurants, retail, hospitality and nonprofits. She has previously written on a variety of topics, including international affairs and conservation. Recently she traveled extensively through Australia, Southeast Asia and South America and freelanced for BBC Wildlife Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor and Global Post.
Renee started her career at FDAnews as an editor and business news reporter, where she researched and wrote stories for several publications serving the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She then honed her writing and editing skills at Atlantic Information Services as an editor for publications covering the healthcare industry. In this position she was solely responsible for writing most of the content for Drug Benefit News, as well as contributing to various other publications.
Before her work as a healthcare reporter, Renee graduated cum laude from Simmons College with a double concentration in communications and international relations. Her work was featured in several school publications, including the alumnae magazine, and she was elected to participate in the school’s leadership program for seniors. During her time at Simmons she was managing editor for The Simmons Voice and interned at the International Institute for Justice and Development, InTravel Magazine and local television station Boston Neighborhood Network. During this time, she also worked as head adviser for the National Student Leadership Conference on Journalism and Mass Communications teaching high school students about the joys and perils of choosing a writing major.
Renee is passionate about telling stories through words and images that help foster a better understanding of different peoples and places. She became interested in journalism after a freshman-year trip with a writing class to South Africa. In her three weeks there, she interviewed several locals and wrote two stories about the struggles of women in post-apartheid South Africa — both of which were published in Women to Women: Young Americans in South Africa.
In addition to writing, reporting, photographing and traveling, Renee is a runner, a mediocre cook and a live jazz enthusiast. She also speaks fluent Spanish and a hint of Italian that she picked up from her Roman Aunt Paola.
You can contact her at reneelynnfrojo (at) gmail (dot) com.