Paul Anthony Arco


Paul Arco is one of those rare writers who reliably turns in a
compelling article that requires very little editing. I’ve worked with him for two decades on a number of publications and know his work quality to be consistently high. His personable style relaxes people and draws out that extra bit of information that makes his stories sparkle. He’s very perceptive, detail-oriented and respectful of both his sources and the English language. He can meet a deadline. And, he’s just a very easy person to work with. What more could an editor want?
Janine Pumilia
Managing Editor
Northwest Quarterly Magazine

Media exposure has been difficult in the past for the Belvidere Park District. With Paul Arco's concise and colorful articles, the Belvidere Park District was able to “blow its own horn” so to speak about upcoming events as well as development and improvements to parks.  We have many amenities to offer, thank you to Paul for his hard work in bringing them to light in our community.

Deanna Doty
Superintendent of Recreation
Belvidere Park District

As editor of The Voice, the business newspaper for the Rockford Chamber, I have enjoyed working with Paul. He’s a writer you can count on to submit a well written article according to content and deadline specifications. He’s well connected with excellent sources and a finger on the pulse of his community.

Barbara Connors
The Voice for the
Rockford Chamber

I have been at the Rockford Register Star for over 20 years and have worked with Paul Arco as both the deputy sports editor and sports editor. He has been my most reliable freelance reporter over those 20 years, not only because of the quality of his work, but for the detail and care he puts into his stories. He’s not dashing out a one-source piece for a paycheck, but instead, he works for a well-rounded story with multiple sources, depth and context.  I know I can assign him anything from a high school game story to an investigative piece and be confident it will be complete and accurate. Rarely can you get that from a freelancer on a consistent basis.
Randy Ruef
Sports Editor
Rockford Register Star

Paul is willing to take on any kind of assignment or direction because he is easy going and willing to learn.  In writing about his cancer diagnosis and fight, he balanced well the scientific and emotional sides of what he was going through.
Jennie Pollock
Deputy Managing Editor
Rockford Register Star

Paul's copywriting for KMK Media Group is consistently excellent. He understands how to complete a project on-time and on-budget, asking the important questions and finding the right tone for each assignment. His professionalism and dedication are exceptional, and I have no hesitation in recommending him to any organization for writing assignments.

Cindy Harris
Communications Manager
KMK Media Group
Paul's byline is a guarantee that you are about to encounter colorful, fluid writing. He is a versatile writer who excels at finding and bringing forward the people in his stories, no matter the topic. Whether it's personal profiles, business features, sports coverage or concert reviews, you will be entertained.

Lorna Collier

Freelance Writer/editor 
uthor of "Tilli's Story: My Thoughts Are Free"

I've had the wonderful opportunity to work with Paul Arco over many years at the Rockford Park District in marketing, communications, and public relations.  Paul has exceptional writing skills and is an accomplished and professional communications specialist.  He can make any subject interesting (even when given a dull topic), he injects warmth and insight so the reader gets to know the person he's writing about, and skillfully weaves appropriate humor where and when it's needed.

Karen Weis
Policy Governance/Special Projects Manager
Rockford Park District

Our experience with Paul has been very positive.  He is an excellent writer, meets deadlines, and is able to find an interesting slant to all of his work.  It is always great to find someone who is talented and reliable, and we won’t hesitate to use his talents in the future.

Andy Dolan 
Director of Public Relations
Rock Valley College

I had Paul Arco on my staff of freelancers during my 10-plus years as coordinator of high school sports coverage for the Chicago Tribune. Paul was "our guy" for Rockford-area and far northeast Illinois sports news developments. Often he provided us with insights and story ideas that enabled us to beat the competition. He was always more than willing to help out with our coverage of football and basketball, even if I needed something at the last minute.  He was dependable, accurate and, to be sure, respectful of deadlines---something too often missing in many on-site reporters. I heartily recommend Paul. He was a fine employee, a knowledgeable worker and a really pleasant sort. 
Bob Vanderberg
Former High School Sports Coordinator
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