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DesProfile newNeed a copywriter? I'll help you craft the right message. I have three decades of copywriting experience helping my clients communicate effectively — whether it's a corporate annual report, an updated website, brochures, copyediting, professional bios or press releases. Check out specific samples here.

I'm also a travel writer published in newspapers, magazines and online publications. I make my home in Portland, Oregon, but consult with clients throughout the United States.

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  • “As a freelance correspondent, he was enthusiastic and productive, offering many queries for possible subjects and cleanly executing our assignments. He also expanded his assignment area to Hawaii, producing several articles and photos for our Hawaii travel sections. I came to count on Deston many times over nearly two years to provide the material we needed, at the quality level we required.” – John Engstrom, former lifestyle editor, Seattle P.I.  

  • “Deston is great to work with because he can take complex ideas and communicate them clearly and through the right media, something I’ve always needed help with.  Also, he is very responsive and that makes a project like setting up a website for a new business easy.”

    Susan Ackerman, Principal, Ackerman Regulatory Strategies
  • I LOVE the resume's overview; it's really good, clear and just what I need. This is the best resume I've ever had. — Kirsten Larson, Portland, Ore.

    Kirsten Larson, writer, paralegal and commercial real estate consultant
  • I'd known Deston for many years, but finally got the opportunity to work with him while at the Bonneville Power Administration. As a communicator and writer, Deston is top notch. He's collaborative, results oriented and fun to work with. I highly recommend Deston and hope to have the opportunity to work with him again.

    Carrie Reese, Senior Consultant, ROC Group
  • Deston is one of the best people I've met in PR. We are destined (no pun intended) to work together. He was an invaluable partner when we were working with a hospitality client and was able to secure some great coverage for the property. He is a delight and one of the best writers I've ever come across. I still think he could be the next Rick Steves.

    Allison McCormick, Partner, AM:PM PR
  • "As a small PR firm, we rely on top, local talents to augment our in-house team. Deston Nokes is our go-to content creator. His deep experience in energy and hospitality public relations makes him a natural in those areas, but we have yet to find a field that Deston can't master. He's a reliable writer, a quick study and a consummate professional. He extends our team and helps us offer our clients consistent high-quality content for traditional and digital media."

    Pat McCormick, Partner, AM:PM PR