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  David Becker
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I'm a writer/reporter/editor with more than 20 years experience covering everything from Metallica concerts to semiconductor design. I've worked and freelanced for major magazines, metro newspapers, trade pubs and Web operations. Areas of interest and expertise include personal technology, music, film, travel and general features.

I'm a concise, witty and fluid writer, a meticulous editor of others and my own work and a no-excuses deadline performer.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 5 Years
Reporter 20 Years
Writer 20 Years
Specialty
Consumer Products 10 Years
Entertainment 10 Years
Technology 10 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
24 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Wired News (11+), Macworld (1-2), Men's Journal (1-2), Open Air Publishing (1-2), Popular Science (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
J. Peterman (11+)
Other Work History
Staff jobs: Staff writer, CNET News.com; managing editor, TechWeek; features writer/movie critic, Wisconsin State Journal; pop music critic, Oakland Tribune.
Computer Skills
Word, Quark Xpress, Windows XP, Typepad,
Technical Skills
Some Photoshop
Equipment
WiFi laptop, digital SLR camera, Word, tape and digital audio recorders.
Foreign Language Skills
some Spanish, German.
Awards
Western Publishers' Association "Maggie" award, 2004, Best Online Article
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near San Francisco, CA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Open Air Publishing , 12/16/2011)
A media-rich e-book for aspiring photographers. 150,000 copies sold and still running hot!
Tech  
(Men's Journal, 11/1/2008)
Roundup of latest digicam models, plus advice on buying gear and taking betters photos.
(Men's Journal, 8/1/2008)
Reviews of digital camcorders for August 2008 Men's Journal.
(Men's Journal, 5/1/2008)
Roundup of underwater cameras.
(Macworld, 12/18/2007)
Review of Canon's new high-end compact camera.
(Wired News, 7/23/2007)
Review of debut model from General Electric's digital camera division.
(Wired News, 4/25/2007)
Marketing gone bad.
(Luxury Living, 11/1/2005)
Complete your high-end audio system with $5,000 speaker wires.
(CNET News.com, 3/24/2005)
Feature on launch of Sony's PlayStation Portable.
(CNET News.com, 2/17/2005)
Feature on dead pixel problems in consumer electronics.
(CNET News.com, 11/16/2004)
Profile of Segway enthusiast riding a scooter across the country.
Music/entertainment/travel  
(San Francisco Examiner, 9/12/2001)
Profile of famous/infamous rock originator Ike Turner.
(Wisconsin State Journal, 5/14/1998)
Film review of John Sayles' "Men With Guns."
(Oakland Tribune, 3/3/1996)
Feature exploring the business aspects of home-grown hip hop.
(Oakland Tribune, 10/8/1995)
Review of Barry White concert.
(Oakland Tribune, 6/10/1995)
Profile of jazz great Joe Henderson.
(Oakland tribune, 4/12/1995)
Review of concert by eccentric genius Tom Waits.
(Oakland Tribune, 5/15/1994)
Profile of blues legend Charles Brown.
(Oakland Tribune, 2/20/1994)
Profile of San Francisco church that venerates jazz legend John Coltrane.
(Oakland Tribune, 1/27/1992)
Feature on the legal woes of influential indie band/media theorists Negativland.
(Oakland Tribune, 10/14/1991)
Feature on San Francisco Opera policy changes that have altered the standing-room scene.
(Oakland Tribune)
1996 interview with the quirky filmmaker.