Jim Duffy has been delivering top-notch writing to clients for a quarter of a century now. He grew up outside of Chicago, and, after some youthful detours, found his way to Roosevelt University–an institution many grateful alumni regard as “The School of Second Chances.”
He earned his master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism more years ago than he cares to admit. Suffice it to say “When Doves Cry” topped the charts that year.
Since then, Duffy has made his way from Chicago to Baltimore and then to little Cambridge, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Along the way he’s worked on staff at newspapers, magazines, and university publications. He’s also made a living for long stretches as a self-employed writer and editor.
For four years starting in 2008, he served as the executive director of a nonprofit focused on economic development and marketing in a historic downtown. There, he worked extensively with retail and restaurant businesses on marketing and advertising issues. He also developed a love for writing fundraising appeals. The nonprofit, Cambridge Main Street, won four statewide awards for exemplary projects during his tenure.
As a writer, Duffy is a generalist, capable of tackling most any subject. With that said, he has also developed a few specialties over the years–the environment, fundraising, history & culture, small business, the arts, and public health & medicine.
He’s been a volunteer for numerous community causes and served on the boards of several nonprofits. He’s a fan in good times and bad of the Ravens, the White Sox, and the DePaul Blue Demons. His musical tastes run toward old country and classic R&B. On his Netflix queue, there’s generally some Bollywood mixed in with the Hollywood.
Once upon a time, Duffy could dance a halfway decent bachata. Alas, he has fallen out of practice, much to the chagrin of his wife, Jill Jasuta. Jill is also a self-employed writer and designer. The two live with their three cats in Cambridge, where they enjoy riding bikes and taking photographs in the gorgeous Chesapeake marshland south of town. You can see a few of those images here.