Work experience

Work experience
Apr 2014 - Present

Copy editor 

View Newspapers
  • After voluntarily transitioning from full-time employment to part-time, edited all stories for View Newspapers, the weekly community publications of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada's largest daily newspaper.
Jun 2014 - Present

Content editor

Las Vegas Business Press
  • Worked with reporters and gave a first edit to stories for the quarterly Southern Nevada Business of Medicine section, which highlights people in the Las Vegas-area medical community. 
Feb 2010 - Apr 2014

Editor

View Newspapers
  • Oversaw all editorial coverage of View Newspapers, the weekly community publications of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • Edited every story in every edition and proofread every page before it was published. View's editions have a combined weekly distribution of approximately 550,000.
  • Continued to write The Final Edit, the monthly writing/editing newsletter I started in Sacramento, which served as an effective teaching tool for journalists of all skill levels.
  • Co-edited a revision of the Review-Journal's in-house stylebook.
Sep 2009 - Nov 2009

Copy/production editor

Stephens Media
  •  Edited a 54-part print/online series, "Saluting American Valor," that recognized some of the United States' most decorated heroes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The project may be viewed at www.americanvalor.net
  • Wrote headlines for the website, edited each of the stories before uploading them to the site and wrote captions for the accompanying photos, making every deadline during the project's pre-production stages.
Dec 2004 - Nov 2008

Executive Editor

Beaufort Gazette
  • Supervised all editorial operations of this award-winning daily newspaper owned by the McClatchy Company.
  • Raised the writing and editing standards immediately after arriving in 2004, resulting in the paper winning three McClatchy President's Awards, a companywide journalism competition, in two years after having won only two in the previous 14 years.
  • The paper also won, for the first time, first place in general excellence in a competition sponsored by the South Carolina Press Association.
  • Initiated a monthly writing/editing newsletter, The Final Edit, that served as a primer for the staff.
  • Recruited vigorously and successfully at major journalism schools in the Southeast, including the University of North Carolina, University of Georgia and University of South Carolina.
  • Was the newspaper's "face" in public, regularly speaking at functions such as Rotary Club meetings and school career fairs.
  • Came in under budget and improved the product every year despite continually diminishing resources.
Apr 1988 - Nov 2004

Copy editor, Assistant Sports Editor, Sports Editor, Chief of Copy Desks, Internship Director

Sacramento Bee
  • Hired as a copy editor, was promoted to assistant sports editor a year later, then moved consistently up the management ranks, including eight years as sports editor and becoming the paper's first chief of copy desks (overseeing all editing on the news, sports and features desks) while simultaneously coordinating the paper's highly successful internship program.
  • Trained a 300-person newsroom staff on the paper's new pagination system.
  • Led the newsroom's recruiting of all copy editors and college interns.
  • While sports editor, managed a 35-person staff and $1 million budget, never missing the targeted budget number.
  • Debuted a monthly writing/editing newsletter, The Final Edit, that served as a learning tool for the staff on issues such as grammar, punctuation and word usage.
Jan 1986 - Apr 1988

Copy editor

San Jose Mercury News
  • Copy editor/page designer on the Mercury News' sports section, judged as one of the nation's 10 best at the time.
Jan 1978 - Dec 1985

Sportswriter/copy editor

Sacramento Union
May 1976 - Jan 1978

Sportswriter

Daily Democrat

Education

Education