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BRENDA HAWKINS

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About BRENDA HAWKINS

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Brenda Hawkins has been a writer since she was first published in fourth grade. Naturally, she became editor of her high school paper and correspondent to her hometown newspaper in Ohio, but when she came to Florida, after graduating from Miami University, it was to teach high school English and radio/TV in Vero Beach.

Young and eager to see the world, Brenda landed on Florida’s not-yet-booming left coast where she began her journalism career in earnest, in 1978, as editor of Naples Now and See Naples magazines. Sometime later, she found herself working as a feature writer for the Naples Daily News, with a “beat” in Bonita Springs—way back when the civic association banquet was held at the bowling alley and long before US 41 had four lanes.

She went on to produce an international real estate newsletter, dabble in public relations, ghost-write a book and do some high-end telemarketing, as well as sell both radio and print advertising, before coming home to the Collier Citizen.

Now, Brenda and her daughter, Kylie, a student at Florida Gulf Coast University, live in Golden Gate with Mandy and Moose, the indubitable dachshunds, and Khaki, the calico cat.

Awards:

Florida Press Association 2008 Best Feature Story - First Place. A timely look back down memory road...

■ Great Depression: Unlike today's troubling times

Florida Press Association 2008 Serious Column - Honorable Mention. Be prepared to cry!

■ The High Road: Stand up for those in uniform

Humane Society Naples 1981 Media Award "Speaking for those that cannot speak for themselves"
BRENDA HAWKINS

Position History

  • Staff Writer - Collier Citizen
    Newsroom
    02/17/2006 - 02/16/2010

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Recent Work

  • East Naples arts center steps closer to reality Published 02/17/2010 at 7:22 p.m.

    The Opera Naples Center for Performing Arts took a step closer to reality, last week, with the completion of design drawings for an extreme makeover of a commercial condominium purchased by Opera Naples in 2009.

  • Whirling across the dance floor into life Published 02/17/2010 at 7:02 p.m.

    Aboard a Celebrity cruise ship, Joe and Kalie Kubica were simply enjoying themselves one night while tripping the light fantastic, when from a balcony outpost on the deck above they were hailed by a then-unknown cruise director. “Hey you! Hey ...

  • Twins strike ‘Gold’ with full feature gym Published 02/17/2010 at 4:22 p.m.

    Alan and Harvey Kahn played football together, went to college together, went to work on Wall Street together and, two years ago, bought the Gold’s Gym franchise in Bonita Springs together.

  • Life brings new love after loss Published 02/10/2010 at 5:37 p.m.

    “My children all think she saved my life,” says Bev White, about his significant other, Clare Cameron. “I was pretty much a basket case after my wife died. I never thought I would be this happy again.” White, 83, met ...

  • Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Love Fest Published 02/10/2010 at 3:51 p.m.

    Michele Opferman has a dream. “I thought, ‘What if, on this Valentine’s Day, instead of focusing on a romantic partner, flowers and chocolate, people could joyfully celebrate everything they love and are passionate about in life with others?’” says the ...

  • Pizza biz a warm slice of life for owners Published 02/10/2010 at 3 p.m.

    Few people can actually say pizza is their life, but Ray Allen can, and does. The owner of the Domino’s Pizza store in the Berkshire Plaza started making pizza and answering phones for the chain in Michigan at the age ...

  • Killer Roads: State-approved markers memorialize those killed on Florida highways Published 02/08/2010 at 5:02 p.m.

    Across the country, the signs of loved ones lost are everywhere, from crosses placed by the American Legion in Montana to South Dakota’s diamond-shaped “Why die?” signs to Florida’s round, personalized “Drive Safely” markers. Fifty-two of the Sunshine State’s memorial ...

  • Florida's fatality markers - safety and sentiment Published 02/03/2010 at 5:18 p.m.

    Across the country, the signs of loved ones lost are everywhere, from crosses placed by the American Legion in Montana to South Dakota’s diamond-shaped “Why die?” signs to Florida’s round, personalized “Drive Safely” markers.

  • Penalidad a sus usuarios por no usar agua Published 02/03/2010 at 4:56 p.m.

    Muchos usuarios de Golden Gate podrían verse afectados.

  • Light Bulbs Unlimited more than a bright idea Published 02/03/2010 at 3:03 p.m.

    Light Bulbs Unlimited carries almost every bulb known to man, but the 4,000-square-foot showroom offers a whole lot more than light bulbs.“It’s Naples’ best-kept secret,” says store manager Bill Click, “but I wish they’d let it out of the bag. ...

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