Ron Donoho
(619) 887-0627

I’m a FREELANCE WRITER & CONTENT CREATOR with a wide range of experience crafting reported features, compelling and SEO-driven blogs, and social media posts/campaigns. My experience as a print and web-based JOURNALIST is built on a foundation of strong research, writing and editing that carries over to my work today.

Give me a topic and a deadline, and I’ll do the rest. I was top editor at San Diego Magazine and San Diego CityBeat and my pieces have appeared in Men’s Health, Men’s Journal,,, The San Diego Union-Tribune and more than three dozen media outlets. 

I’ve done multi-platform content work in the fields of: workplace software, meeting planning, hospitality, commercial real estate, diamond sales, swimming pool management and more.

FYI: I’ve been a ghostwriter and editor for business books and memoirs; and founded  the travel website Junkets & Jaunts.



On ‘America’s Got Talent,’ A Homeless Choir From San Diego Strikes Gold


10 New Ways to Protect Your Heart


Don’t Be a Turkey When Booking Your Thanksgiving Flight — Save Time and Money With These 7 Tips


A look back on our home team’s 50 years in the MLB, plus the fans and one chicken who’ll always support them


The ramen roundup: 10 spots around San Diego to dig into a savory bowl of Japanese noodles


7 Hotel Tech Trends To Watch



Crisis Marketing 101: Be Agile, Creative, and Show Your Humanity


Incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility into Your Event


How to Teach Your Dog to Swim in a Pool: 5 Easy Steps


Junkets & Jaunts: Avocado Margaritas, Surf City Soul and the Center of the World Pyramid. An anthology of offbeat U.S. travel stories


“Ron Donoho is one of the rare ones who can write well AND edit well. I have read his work for many years and always love how he approaches his subjects with skill and passion. He has also been my editor, and he always made my work better. If you’re looking for someone with a creative and professional eye to communicate a message, Ron is your person.” –Dean Nelson, Ph.D., founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego


“Ron is a pro: a great writer who turns a story around well ahead of deadline, with engaging copy and an attention to detail in his reporting. But more importantly, he’s a great guy to work with — responsive, friendly and always upbeat.” –Alex Palmer, Deputy Editor, Northstar Meeting Group


“Ron was my first wave of defense in the editing process. He challenged me on concepts as well as made the book grammatically correct. Knowing him, he may tweak this recommendation for grammar.” –Ryan Berman, author of “Return On Courage


Nov. 2016 – present: Freelance Writer/Content Creator, various clients (see below)

Sept. 2018 – present: Founder,     

Jan. 2018 – May 2018: Adjunct Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University

March 2015 – Nov. 2016: Editor-in-Chief, San Diego CityBeat

March 2014 – March 2015: Chief Content Officer,                                 

Sept 2012 – present: Freelance Writer, various publications (see below)

Jan. 2011 – Aug. 2012: Editor-in-Chief, SD Home/Garden Lifestyles

Jan. 2009 – Jan. 2011: Editor-in-Chief,

Oct. 1996 – Dec. 2008: Executive Editor, San Diego Magazine

Oct. 1988 – Oct. 1996: Writer/Editor, various publications

Published in: Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Maxim, Glamour, Stuff,,, Los Angeles Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Westways, Child, Christian Science Monitor, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Business Journal, Pacific San Diego, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Successful Meetings, Restaurant Business, Capital-Gazette Newspapers,, The (Havre de Grace) Record, The Hanover Sun,,

Content creation for:, Blue Haven National Management, Cal-A-Vie, Coronado Company LLC, Crowe PR, Hadar Diamonds, Hughes & Marino, Humanity Death Watch, Return On Courage.


San Diego Press Club Awards: won two in 2019 for feature writing; San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles team won 17 Press Club awards, 2012; “Best General Web Site” for, 2012; Personally awarded two in 2011, two in 2007, two in 2004, two in 2003; Best of Show in 2002 and 2000; first and second-place for In-depth reporting in 1998; four for In-depth Reporting, Features and Commentary in 1997.

Society of Professional Journalists Awards: JunketsAndJaunts won two in 2019; personally awarded two in 2007; three in 2006; two in 2002; five in 2001, including “Best of Show;” five in 2000; three in 1999; and 1st and 2nd for Features in 1998.

Southern California Journalism Awards: 1st for Magazine Feature and 1st for News in 2001.

American Society of Business Press Editors Award: 1997.

Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Awards: 1989 and 1990.


Loyola University Maryland, Communications