Stephen R. Sagarra
Do you need quantity, or do you want quality? I am a freelance writer, journalist and historian from St. Louis, MO, with an extensive background in general assignment writing, historical research, journalism, politics and public policy. Throughout my career, I have dedicated myself to the highest standards in focusing on and completing the work or project with accuracy, merit and professionalism. With degrees in history from the University of Missouri, I have contributed to several encyclopedic projects, scholarly journals and websites. As a former opinion columnist/editorial writer for a community newspaper, I have written on topics ranging from socio-economic issues, local and national politics and international relations, and also have reported on the political scene throughout the St. Louis region. Additionally, my short story fiction and poetry has appeared in various online and print magazines; in 2014, I self-published my personal narrative, Echoes From An Unexamined Life.
Specific, but not limited, research interests include: the socio-political landscape, culture and history of the United States, particularly during the 20th century; the Second World War and Post-War Era; politics and diplomacy; and genealogy. In these endeavors, I have applied a variety of methods and resources for researching, fact checking and writing, with continual familiarization of the latest trends and tools. Further, I have a thorough knowledge of both AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style.
Over the years, I also have held a colorful variety of jobs, including archeology technician, bartender, delivery driver, dishwasher and substitute teacher. As a long-time mid-level manager/supervisor, overall I have 25 years of experience in the bar/restaurant/entertainment industries. While employment in these fields has offered diverse situations and experiences, they collectively have instilled an indispensable combination of knowledge and skills.