Highlights of current and past experience:

    • More than 14 years of journalism and communications experience;
    • Marketing/PR projects for public and nonprofit organizations and businesses
    • Multimedia production including video and documentary shorts
    • Communication strategy consulting and training including digital media
    • Publication production and editing for newspapers, newsletters and books
    • Project management including executive level and nonprofit


  • Master of Communication in Digital Media, University of Washington, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications cum laude with leadership honors and Golden Key National Honor Society honors, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2000

Professional Awards and Other Honors:

  • 2008 Citizen of the Year nominee, Key Peninsula Lions Club
  • 40 Under Forty, Class of 2007, Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal 
  • Media Awareness award, 2005 Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Awards
  • Second place, nondaily newspapers (2007); honorable mention (2006), nondaily newspapers, Western Washington Society of Professional Journalists 
  • Best Technology Story (first place), Best Business Story (first place), Best Breaking News Story (third place), Washington Newspaper Publishers Association 2001 Better Newspaper Contest
  • Outstanding Journalism Graduate of the Year, University of Alaska Anchorage Journalism and Public Communications Department

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Freelance journalist, writer, editor and multimedia producer Rodika Tollefson creates and plays near Seattle, Washington. She welcomes assignments from publication editors as well as work-for-hire from anyone who needs writing, editing, video or communications/media consulting work.

words of wisdom I try to live by

“I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.” ~Jonathan White

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” ~Michelangelo

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." ~George Elliot

creative writing break: from the essays file


Memories are like birds.

They fly, fast and free, with their wings spread open.
They are swarming, loud.

Once in a while, they stop still.

They nest in our hearts.

Unlike a bird's nest, memories are less exposed to the world. They are concealed deep inside our hearts and soul, often time stuffed there by a mind that does not want to remember a painful sensation.

Other times they are lively and ecstatic, laughing out loud or just smiling contentedly.

These are the memories that we put into pictures and keepsakes in order to capture them into something more material, something more feasible that we can touch and see over and over again, something that would live through generations to tell the happy story.

Those are the memories of a first bouquet, wedding bells, first charming baby smile, the long gone dear friend…

They are the memories we try to hang on to, try to grasp them with our fingers and clutch them in our fists… too precious to let go.

Among them is a picture of the sunset and a tree in full bloom.

What is the soul trying to tell by captioning these serene moments onto the glossy paper? Are these part of the memories that will be shared with generations to come, or are they just a trace of lost happiness, an attempt to recreate a smile of the nature itself?


a few of my favorite quotes

“To live a creative life, we must lose the fear of being wrong.”
~Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.”
~Henry Ford

“I couldn't wait for success... so I went ahead without it.”
~Jonathan White

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
~Hellen Keller

“It's never too late to be what you might have been.”
~George Elliot