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Life Events Media LLC
1001 Bridgeway, Suite 224
Sausalito, CA 94965
Email: info@cijiware.com [2]
website: www.RightsizingYourLife.com [3]
www.cijiware.com [4] (relaunched 2010)

Ciji Ware is a bestselling historical novelist, an Emmy-award winning television producer, reporter, writer, lecturer, and host. Perhaps best known as a commentator and personality for seventeen years on ABC Radio in Los Angeles, she has worked for PBS and all three major networks, covering a wide range of topics in the areas of health, consumer and lifestyle subjects. She is also a sought-after event speaker, print journalist, and the author of 7 historical novels, as well as the nonfiction work Rightsizing Your Life –selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Top 5 Books on Retirement” for 2007. In 2010-2011, all five of her published historical novels, and the new work’ A Race to Splendor,” will be issued by Sourcebooks/Landmark. A past president of the Harvard Alumni Association/Worldwide, in 2007, Ciji became Senior Producer for an Internet startup, writing, curating, and producing in the category of Housing, Career Reinvention, and Lifelong Learning for a website in its Closed Beta phase.

In February, 2013, Ware launch the first in the “Four Seasons Quartet” series, That Summer in Cornwall–which hit bestseller status on Amazon during its first week and continues to stir anticipation for Book 2:  That Autumn in Edinburgh, scheduled for release in the Fall, 2013, to be followed by That Winter in Venice and That Spring in Paris in 2014.
What follows is a full listing of Ware’s professional credits:


Published Novels:

Nonfiction Books:


AARP-The Magazine Online, “Decluttering Your Life” January-February, 2101; an 8-week series http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/clutter- challenge/weeklychallenge.html [13] and the introduction to the decluttering online series http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/clutter-challenge/ [14]

THE NEW NEST Blog: House and Home for the Bonus Years – created 2006 on Book website RightsizingYourLife.com [3]  (On hiatus currently)

CIJI’S BLOG:  on CijiWare.com.  Frequent postings about writing and the writer’s life.

Mytime.com: Senior Producer for a major website start-up funded by Shelter Capital in Los Angeles—contracted through closed Beta start-up phase—focusing on issues, needs and desires of “boomers” 40+. Responsible for and producer of content architecture and tools prioritization in the areas of Housing, Health, Family Heritage, New Careers, and Lifelong Learning.

Co-founded with husband Anthony Cook a web-based content company, Life Events Media in 2005 specializing in After50 guides and tools for key Decisions pertinent to the midlife Market and established Lion’s Paw Press and the Life Events Library.

Created www.RightsizingYourLife.com [3] in 2006 in conjunction with the Warner Books/Springboard Press book (January, 2007) Rightsizing Your Life: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most [11]–selected by The Wall Street Journal as “One of the Top 5 Books” on the subject of downsizing and small space living.

Created web content for RightsizingYourLife.com [3]; produced audio CD Get Ready toRightsize, and eGuides, eBooks; promoted both the site and the book in over 60 lectures, nationwide.

www.cijiware.com [4] established in 1998 to market published novels.  Newly-designed site launched in 2010, with author-created web Content and co-designed with Paul Hirst.

Print Journalism

AARP The Magazine: “Decluttering Your Life” January, 2010 http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/clutter-challenge/weeklychallenge.html [15]
and the decluttering online series http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/clutter-challenge/ [14]

Contributing Editor for various magazines, including New West, Travel & Leisure, Family Circle, and Herald-Examiner Sunday Magazine. AARP, The

Covered the Karen Silkwood trial, 1979, resulting in “The Silkwood Coalition”, 6000 word piece for New West Magazine, upon which much of the film,
Silkwood, was based.

Winner of the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award for “Joint Custody: OneWay to End the War,” New West Magazine.

Radio/Television News:

See Ciji:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm9bYzmsRNs [16]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsO_Kkagb7I [17]

Hear Ciji:
http://growingbolder.com/tags/ciji-ware [18]

[Emmy and Dupont awards for television broadcasting and investigative reporting.]

On-air commentator/essayist for seventeen years on #1 daily morning drive talk show on KABC Talkradio, Los Angeles on wide-ranging subjects of politics, women’s issues, elder issues, healthcare, and American lifestyle. First woman commentator (1977) on ABC affiliate in Los Angeles.

Hosted, produced, an anchored weekly 3-hour program “Ciji Ware’s World of Books” on KABC Talkradio for two years.

Reporter/Commentator for all three television network affiliates in Los Angeles for 23 years in field of consumer affairs, women’s issues, senior issues, health, psychology, lifestyle and the family.

Twice-weekly contributor, KABC TV segment, “Reporting on the Family”

Writer/Anchor for Emmy-award-winning public affairs program “Parents Who Kidnap Their Own Children” on COMMUNITY ISSUES FORM on KCET-TV, the Los Angeles affiliate of PBS.

Dupont award-winning segment “Dangerous Lead,” KCET-TV’s LA COLLECTIVE

Computer Skills:

Microsoft and Mac literate, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Leopard, WordPress, SEO, Google Ad Words, knowledge of various CMS, HTML, Flash, etc.


Produced, reported, anchored/and or wrote weekly television public affairs programs for KCET-TV in the 1970’s and 80’s, including LA CONNECTION,

Producer/Narrator/Co-writer of “Puddin’ On The Ritz: Hasty Pudding’s Greatest Hits” starring Jack Lemmon and John Lithgow as a Harvard Scholarship benefit, netting $115,000 in scholarship donations.

Co-producer/Narrator of “Bravo Bernstein” — a Harvard University scholarship benefit honoring Leonard Bernstein, Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Assistant Producer on public affairs programs, WNET-TV, New York

Guest coordinator for Dinah’s Place and the Dave Garroway RKO Morning Show

Event Speaker (partial list):

Delivered more than 60 presentations in public forums since 1998, including appearances as a keynote speaker before:


Media Instruction:

Education & Interests:

Additional Skills and Interests:

Married: 36 years to Anthony Pattison Cook, an e-commerce and Inbound marketing & Internet consultant and strategist; founder of both CookMedia.com and Life Events Media LLC; former Publisher & General Manager, Quicken.com; former General Manager, MyFamily.com, and former national journalist Forbes, Money, Fortune magazines; former television news produce at Fox News. www.cookmedia.com

Son: James Ware Billett,  graduate, cum laude, Harvard University, 1995;
Masters in Fine Arts from USC Film School; currently Director of Cinematography and DVD editor for the Beastie Boys World Tour; formerly assistant editor of CBS-TV drama The District; currently editor of The People’s Court and producer, founder of PCRaw.com  .  Married and the father of two sons.

Father: the late Harlan Ware, novelist, screenwriter, and for fourteen years, writer of the radio classic ONE MAN’S FAMILY, and author of the best selling novel, COME, FILL THE CUP, published by Random House in 1952, and screenwriter of 10 films.

Mother: the late Ruth S. Ware, Radcliffe ’29; educational administrator and Executive Director of the Carmel Foundation, a non-profit senior center