Readers do notice the work of copy editors — even if they don’t know that’s what they’re noticing.
So, who am I?
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.