About Joelle

JOJoelleBurnette_headshot2_x500pxELLE BURNETTE

Joelle is a writer, author and journalist by trade. Currently, she writes news for a San Francisco television station as a web content producer, as well as manages and designs graphics for the Redwood Writers website.

Along with her paintings, she incorporates her art into her writing, including a children’s book, Freedom Doesn’t Just Come Along with a Tree, published in 2012. Currently, she is creating oil paintings that will illustrate her next children’s book. Moreover, she created the cover art for her non-fiction memoir Cancer Time Bomb, released in 2012.

Cancer Time BombVisit Joelle’s website for more information about her books, her schedule of speaking engagements and to purchase copies. You can also click on the book cover to the right to visit the book on Amazon.com.

When Joelle isn’t writing and being a mom to her two artistic children, she enjoys painting with acrylics, oils and mixed media.  She continues to enjoy photography and a variety of crafting, as well.



Association for the Arts, Sonoma County
“Yosemite Mist in Winter”
Sonoma County, CA


Sonoma County Fair
Website design of 4GenerationArtists.com
Sonoma County, CA


Mexican Dogs RideSonoma County Fair
“Mexican Dogs Riding”
Acrylic on canvas
Sonoma County, CA


Sonoma County Fair
“In the News”
Acrylics and mixed media on canvas
Sonoma County, CA


Sonoma County Fair
“Cliff House”
Acrylic on canvas
Sonoma County, CA

Sonoma County Fair
Acrylic on canvas
Sonoma County, CA

Sonoma County Fair
“Emerald Lake, Canada”
Sonoma County, CA

“In the News” won honorable mention in the Fresh Art competition in Marin County.


Marin Society of Artists, “Fresh Art”
July – August 2013
“In the News”
Acrylics, mixed media on canvas
Judge: Rene de Guzman, Senior Curator, Oakland Museum of California
Marin Society of Artists Gallery at the Marin Art & Garden Center
Ross, CA
(Also had one other piece, “Sailing,” selected to be included in the show)


Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Annual”Member Show”
December 2015
“Sunset Sail”
Oils on canvas


KRON4 News, Web Content Producer: Feb. 2015 – present, San Francisco
Deadline-driven, hard news writer/editor; AP style; WordPress VIP editor/ management; Anvato video editing, live content capture; social media; Photoshop: design original graphics, photo editing; build/manage galleries/slideshows; optimize geo-targeted landing pages, metadata; breaking news/alerts app push distribution.

Redwood Writers Web Editor: 2014 – present, Manage website for the largest chapter of the California Writers Club. Graphics design (Photoshop), writing, page layout design, HTML, coding, Gravity forms, plugins.

Art Coordinator, Gold Ridge Elementary School: 2007 – 2008 school year, Taught the “Meet the Masters” art enrichment program to approximately 350 students, grades kindergarten through fifth. Organized large venue art show featuring the children’s artwork at school year’s end.

Writer/Publisher 1998 – 2009, Contract to design (graphics, layout), write, and publish materials varying in size from business/event flyers to large jobs (i.e. 32-page Community Resource Guide).

J. Burnette Productions: 1998 – 2007, Web designer, writer and publisher. J. Burnette Productions and Fiery Encounters were featured in the book, Mompreneurs Online: Using the Internet to Build Work@Home Success, by Patricia Cobe & Ellen Parlapiano (Perigee, 2001).

Fiery Encounters: 1996 – 2007, Owned, operated and promoted web business. This site was centered on the fire service, helped raise funds for burn survivor charities and attracted 40,000 to 50,000 or more hits per month.

Web Site Designer: 1998 – 2006 Contract to design, construct and maintain web sites.


Member, Sebastopol Center for the Arts: 2015 – present

Board Member, Redwood Writers: 2014 – present

Strategic Arts Planning Committee: 2007 – 2008, Committee started by the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District as an effort to create a uniform and expanded arts program for Rohnert Park schools K–12.


Writer/Author: JoelleBurnette.net

KRON4 News: Feb. 2015 – present, Web Content Producer, news writer, graphics designer, video and photo editing.

Sonoma Family Life Magazine: 2013, wrote stories, print and online. Photographs, video. 2014: Awarded Gold by the International Parenting Media Association for her feature writing.

Press Democrat: Feb. 2010 – Feb. 2012, Writer/Reporter.

Adult books: Cancer Time Bomb: How the BRCA Gene Stole My Tits and Eggs, released April 2012; non-fiction narrative. Episodes in Life, The story of a Jewish mother obsessed with death, frustrated by life and persecuted by a nagging mother; fiction.

Children’s picture books:

Freedom Doesn’t Just Come Along With a Tree (released 2011 e-book/2012 paperback),

Magic Peas and Two Front Teeth (currently, in production)

Blog: Joey’s Journal2009-present, women’s health issues related to breast cancer, BRCA genetic mutation, family, politics and more.

Finalist, Stanford Alumni Magazine Fiction Contest: 2007, 2004


Stanford University: Master of Arts, School of Journalism, June 1992

University of California, Santa Barbara: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, June 1987

CBEST: 2004, Passed and became registered as a Sonoma County substitute teacher.

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