amy elliott brag
Content Director | Writer | History & Historic Preservation

Zinta has written some of the best and most memorable stories in Issue Media Group’s family of publications in Michigan. I love her flair for storytelling and her knack for finding human angles that resonate with readers. This year, she authored a remarkable series of reports about the turn-around of Grand Rapids Public Schools that I shared widely with our national network as an example of excellence. We’re lucky to have her as a regular contributor and I recommend her writing highly.

December 16, 2015


Stephanie Doublestein
Owner of Stephanie Doublestein Creative, LLC

Zinta is a talented, dedicated, thoughtful writer who has the unusual ability to both grasp the big picture and get the details right every single time. As managing editor of a weekly publication, she was often my first choice when I needed a writer who could delve into a complex topic and cover it with grace, clarity, and creativity. She’s an effective communicator, a professional who always turns in work on deadline, and a joy to work with.

October 28, 2015


Richard Rovin
Director of Clinical Research for Neuroscience at Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center

Zinta interviewed me and my son for an online article about, the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center and funding biomedical research. Zinta was very professional and was well informed about the topic. The article was extremely well written. I would be happy to work with her again.

December 18, 2013


Kirk Latimer
Social and Business Entrepreneur with a belief that our scars are actually our beauty marks.

Zinta is a terrific and engaging writer with a deep passion for authenticity. Her valued interest in stories from the margins has guided her to write several article about Kinetic Affect and our nonprofit work via Speak It Forward Inc. We have been incredibly impressed with her ability to articulate our experiences and capture them in creative and yet accessible ways to general audience.

November 11, 2013


Amy Newday
Co-owner, Harvest of Joy Farm LLC; Writing Center Director, Kalamazoo College

Zinta is a professional writer with the heart of a storyteller, which means that she’s able to get to the heart of each story she pursues, to paint a true picture with her words, to find meaning in the mundane, and to connect people through her writing. In the two stories she’s written for me, I’ve been amazed at her ability to shape my rambling answers to her interview questions into clear, accurate, and moving accounts of my work. Zinta goes above and beyond to get each story right.

August 8, 2013


Erik Holladay
Owner / Photographer at Holladay Photography

Zinta is a joy to work with. She is always organized and ready for assignments. She really goes above and beyond to help me get in contact and flesh out the visuals for any assignment we are both assigned. As an added bonus she is very visually oriented which makes working with her super easy.

August 5, 2013


Tim Hawkins
Media Relations Consultant at Spectrum Health

Zinta Aistars is one of those rare individuals who sees the big picture and her role in it without ever losing sight of the details necessary for a particular project to achieve excellence. As a gifted artist, citizen of the world and level-headed business woman, she has the creative vision, comprehensive perspective and common sense necessary to make any endeavor a success.

November 9, 2012


Andrew Robins
News Director at WMUK-FM Western Michigan University

Zinta Aistars is a valued contributor to WMUK’s “Arts & More” program. Her in-depth interviews with writers and poets are an important part of the station’s coverage of arts and culture in our area.

October 31, 2012


Rick Chambers
Owner & President, Rick Chambers & Associates, LLC

Zinta Aistars has broad experience in communication in a variety of settings, notably in education and health care. She is a solid, skilled and outstanding writer and editor who understands her audience and can target messages effectively. Zinta has strong interpersonal skills and terrific insights. She’s also a great person and team player, able to build relationships that are critical to success in projects and in day-to-day work.

March 26, 2012

Jim Van Sweden
Director of Communication,  Kalamazoo College

What a partner Zinta was in the work of communicating the value of a Kalamazoo College education! Zinta is a careful and compelling writer, a creative thinker regarding effective communication strategies, and a skillful media relations manager. She knows a great communicator must be a great listener. She has a conductor’s ear regarding the resonance of messages to particular audiences, and she uses this gift to ensure measurable results of communication–in knowledge, emotion, and action. What a great teammate!

June 9, 2009

To view many more recommendations, visit Zinta’s page on LinkedIn.