Readers do notice the work of copy editors — even if they don’t know that’s what they’re noticing.
So, who am I?
My day job is teaching editing, digital media and other courses at the KU William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
I was recently the editorial advisor for The University Daily Kansan at the University of Kansas and while that’s not my title anymore, I still help out there and advocate for college media.
I also work at KU’s Bremner Editing Center..
I was previously a Knight visiting news editor at the Columbia Missourian and a visiting assistant professor teaching editing at the Missouri School of Journalism and before that the editorial production coordinator of the Quincy Herald-Whig.
For a long time, my “night” job was being a national board member of the American Copy Editors Society and serving as the organization’s director of communication. I took a break from that the summer of 2018, although I’m still a lifetime member, big supporter and occasional volunteer.
I also take on some freelance editing jobs when the time and job is right.
So my all-the-time job is being a copy editor and journalist. (On some level, that can drive the noneditors in my life crazy.)
I’ve worked in the news business for 30-plus years, almost all of that time in the editing business, particularly copy editing and design.
I received my master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1986 and my bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University.
I don’t edit my entire life, though. So you might find me exploring nature, cooking, running my fantasy football team, cheering on the Billikens basketball team or taking in a sporting event, or maybe making a pie for the newsroom.