“Your skill as a writer made for a lively story, incorporating subtle details that paint an accurate and nuanced…”
“Thanks for your interest in my Dad’s story. I was glad that I could sit in on your interview with him. He is not one to talk about his feelings and I was fascinated to see how you drew him out. Your skill as a writer made for a lively story, incorporating subtle details that paint an accurate and nuanced portrait of Dad and how his harrowing experiences shaped the rest of his life as a Dad, a lawyer and a citizen.”
— Diane Bock
“You put your life in someone’s hands when you let her write a profile about you. Some famous people…
…do this a lot, the not-famous not so much. Either way, you have to choose your profiler carefully, as with selecting neurosurgeons and tattoo artists.
Christina Schweighofer, PPE (Profiler Par Excellence) is a sound choice of sketcher for the full spectrum ranging from the renowned through the obscure. For the wicked, I don’t know.
Being intelligent and knowledgeable, she asks astute questions, understands what you tell her, invites you to clarify, and links up scattered things and asks about stuff you overlooked.
Being a good writer, she can tell it all back better than you and cohere your muddled rambling.
And being a truthy (OED sense 1) upright person, she is unlikely to defame or beam a bad light on you, unless you deserve it, in which case you should avoid being profiled unless it promotes the public interest.
If you are a candidate for a Prize, look her up. Working with her is also quite agreeable.”
— Michael H. Shapiro
“She is smart, easy to work with, and religious about making deadlines.”
“I have hired Christina for a number of writing projects. She is smart, easy to work with, and religious about making deadlines. I enjoy working with Christina; she has proved to be not just a go-to writer for my law firm, but a reliable business partner.”
— Kevin J. Moore
Los Angeles Press Club Awards
The LA Press Club validated my work with several awards:
2016 Southern California Journalism Awards
My written portrait of Steven Hovagimian, a Syrian-Austrian-Armenian man in L.A., won 2nd place in the category Personality Profile/Interview — Online (Whatever It Takes, published by LA2DC.org).
2013 Southern California Journalism Awards
My feature about professional nitpickers, published by the Pasadena Weekly, won third place in the category News Feature (under 1,000 words).
2005 Southern California Journalism Awards
My feature about Simi Valley, Wir gehen immer nur kegeln (Bowling Is All We Can Do Here, published in Die Presse), won second place in the category News Feature – International Journalism.