My name is Michelle Makelbust, and I am a wife, mother and dog lover living in rural Iowa.  My love of words started early and led to a long career in television, sales, and marketing.  Last year, with the unbelievable support of my husband, I decided to step away from the desk jobs and start a career as a freelancer.  While researching options, I came across proofreading.  It seemed right up my alley as a self-proclaimed member of the grammar police. I have since completed the course Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice where I received specialized training in transcript proofreading.  I love the challenge of punctuating the spoken word.  It’s easy to spot misspellings on a newscast, but the subtle nuances of the spoken word call for a different set of rules and a special knowledge of the English language.  Court reporters have a tough job.  I want to make it easier by ensuring clean, error-free transcripts every time.   

 I have a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Iowa State University. I was born and raised in Iowa where I currently live with my husband and our two daughters.  When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking, archery and lazy days at the park with my family.  I look forward to working with you to help you find more time in your life for the things that really matter.

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