Jim Probasco

  • • 30+ years’ experience writing for online, print, radio and television media.
  • • Former managing editor of a leading magazine for activity professionals providing services to seniors in nursing homes, hospitals, independent living facilities and drop-in centers.
  • • Currently writes content for several online and print outlets. Areas include business, personal finance, the stock market and profiles of industry leaders.


A freelance writer and editor since the 1990s, Jim has written hundreds of articles on personal finance and business-related content, authored books and teaching materials in the fields of music education and senior lifestyle, served as head writer for a series of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) specials and created radio short form comedy. As managing editor for The Activity Director’s Companion, Jim wrote and edited numerous articles used by activity professionals with seniors in a variety of lifestyle settings and served as guest presenter and lecturer at the Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living Conference as well as Resident Activity Professional Conferences in the Midwest.

Jim has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in the Dayton, Ohio, area, including the Kettering Arts Commission, Dayton Philharmonic Education Advisory Committee and the University of Dayton Arts Series. He is past president of an educational foundation that serves teachers and students in the Kettering (Ohio) City School District.


Jim received his Bachelors from Ohio University in Fine Arts/Music Education and his Masters from Wright State University in Music Education.

Quote from Jim

"I view writing as an extension of my teaching career. My goals are always the same - understand first, then communicate."

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