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Crosswords Communications Co. was founded in 2006 by Doris Bloodsworth, APR, an award-winning journalist and author. Her reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has appeared in national publications.

Bloodsworth is nationally certified in public relations, was named Writer of the Year, and was inducted into two regional halls of fame.

Bloodsworth's journalism career includes major investigative reporting, and her public-relations work won a statewide award. Her communications experience includes assisting a wide range of private-industry and nonprofit clients as well as full-time work in municipal government.

Some career highlights include working on the PR team that launched LEGOLAND Florida® -- securing more than a million impressions -- as well as a documentary for a Habitat Orlando Blitz Build. She spearheaded the branding for the City of Clermont (Choice of Champions®) and City of Groveland (City with Natural Charm™). She has secured publishers for several writers.


Crosswords partners with top writers, graphic designers, illustrators, event planners, branding experts, and printers to provide full-service marketing and public relations services.

Here is a snapshot of her experience and professional achievements.

EXPERIENCE - Communications

  • Communications Director and PIO for the City of Clermont, Florida

  • Communications and Marketing Director for the South Lake Chamber of Commerce

  • Communications consultant for the City of Groveland, Florida

  • Media Relations and Research Manager for TWSquared PR and marketing firm, Orlando

  • Copy Writer and Project Manager for CRM2 marketing firm, Orlando

  • Crosswords Communications Co., Winter Park and Clermont

  • Writing instructor at the Professional Golfers Career College, Orlando

EXPERIENCE - Journalism

  • "Growing Bolder" magazine executive editor

  • "Bloomberg" reporter

  • "Orlando Sentinel" reporter

  • "The Wall Street Journal" reporter

  • "The Gainesville Sun" reporter

  • Articles also appeared in "Central Florida Family" magazine, "Black Family Today" magazine and

       "The Strategist," among other publications.

EXPERIENCE - Author & Editor


  • Reporting nominated for the Pulitzer Prize

  • APR - National certification in public relations

  • Hearst National Finalist

  • Best of 2020 Awards - Public Relations

  • Society of Professional Journalists Award

  • Knight Fellow

  • Orlando Sentinel News-Gathering Award

  • Florida Bar Media Award

  • Lake County Women's Hall of Fame

  • Lake County Schools Hall of Fame

  • Communications Award for Public Relations - Florida Association of Chamber Professionals

  • Writer of the Year and Historian of the Year

  • UF's Dean's Cup for Professional Promise

  • UF's Buddy Davis Award for Promise in Reporting & Editing

  • Gold Key to the City - Clermont

  • Rotary Club's Service Above Self Award

  • Gem of the Hills Award for Outstanding Community Service

  • Cooper Memorial Library Association Board Member

  • Project Scholars Scholarship Committee Member


  • Graduated with highest honors from the University of Florida's College of Journalism with a minor in English

  • Attended the University of Central Florida (editor and reporter at the "Central Florida FuTUre")

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