Debra Ruder Communications

Writing that matters

Debra Ruder

I’m a writer and editor with 30-plus years of experience in higher education and health care communications. I produce feature and news stories, annual report content, ghost-written articles, and other editorial services for my clients. My work appears in a wide range of well-respected magazines, newsletters, journals, and other print and online publications.

Committed to writing that matters, I love the challenge of taking complex issues and conveying them in an effective and engaging way, whether I’m writing about college life, faculty discoveries, nursing research, teen health, patient safety, cancer care, or end-of-life issues.

I am a creative, organized, versatile, and professional team player who is passionate about helping organizations communicate the value of their work to their target audiences. Trained in daily journalism, I am wired to meet deadlines. My clients have included Harvard University, Boston College, Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, Inc. (CRICO), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Life with Teens magazine. A snapshot of my resume goes like this:

I’ve served as a newspaper reporter, magazine and newsletter editor, internal communications director, freelance writer, blogger, and play producer.

  • Graduate of Brown University, bachelor’s in French language
  • Reporter for daily newspapers in Northampton, Mass., and Tampa, Fla. (six years)
  • Writer, editor, and media relations professional at Smith College and Harvard University (over 10 years)
  • Writer, editor, and internal communications director at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston (12 years)
  • Freelance writer and editor (since 2010)
  • Blogger about saying goodbye at the end of life (2008 – 2013)
  • Producer and researcher of one-act play about my grandmother Justine Wise Polier, a pioneering judge and champion of children’s rights and social justice (since 2009)

My work has been recognized by the American Medical Writers Association, the New England Society for Healthcare Communications, the Publicity Club of New England, the Association for Women in Communications, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

In my spare time, I love to dance, travel, see Broadway plays and musicals, and spend time with family and friends.