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  Marcia Kramer
Professional/Personal Overview
  Award-winning Washington Post copy editor/copy chief is now available to handle your copy editing needs. My strength is to go beyond the basics and untangle complex sentences, spot holes and inconsistencies, and tighten. And more: Is the premise backed up? Do the numbers add up? Is the article accurate, and are the facts attributed? Could the article's structure be improved, or could it be better written while retaining the writer's voice? Reports, white papers, articles, newsletters, book manuscripts--I do them all. Ask about overnight service: in by 5, out by 9. Training and consulting services also available. Check out my website, kramerediting.com, for editing samples and testimonials.
Work Info
Reporter 8 Years
Copy Chief 12 Years
Copy Editor 22 Years
General 40 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
40 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Meredith Corp. (11+), American U. Investigative Reporting Workshop (11+), Pew Research Center (11+), Pew Hispanic Center (6-10), Columbia U. Graduate School of Journalism (3-5), SPGRIFFIN Productions (3-5)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Americans Elect (11+), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (11+), Ford Foundation (11+), McKinsey & Company (11+), McKinsey Global Institute (11+), UNCF (6-10), Brookings Institution (1-2)
Other Work History
The Washington Post, 1984-2006
*Metro Copy Desk, Copy Chief, 1999-2005, 1985-91; Copy Editor, 1984-85
*Assistant News Editor, 1991-99
*Assistant Food Editor, 2005-06

Achievements: As Metro Copy Desk chief, I helped set the standard for copy editing. I hired and trained 28 copy editors, improved relationships with other departments, raised morale and turned what had been a dead-end desk into a respected source of talent for the newsroom.

Chicago Tribune, 1984
*Copy Editor, Acting Copy Desk Slot, 1984

Chicago Sun-Times, 1978-84
*Copy Desk, Deputy Copy Chief, 1983-84; Copy Editor, 1981-83
*Reporter, Acting Assistant City Editor, 1978-81

Chicago Daily News, 1977-78
*Night City Editor, 1977-78
*Reporter, 1977

Milwaukee Sentinel, 1975-77
*Acting Assistant City Editor, 1976-77
*Reporter, 1975-77

Paddock Publications (Arlington Heights, IL), 1971-75
*Night News Editor, 1974-75
*Reporter, 1971-74

Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat (pdfs), Adobe InDesign (copy editing only), Adobe InCopy
PC, Mac. Never far from my laptop. All w/high-speed Internet connection.
Henry Louis Gates, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard

Donald E. Graham, chairman, The Washington Post Co.

John F. Harris, editor in chief, Politico

Victoria Valentine, managing editor, Ford Foundation
Eugene Meyer Award, 2003 (the highest honor at The Washington Post, given annually)

Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame, 1999

Illini Media Alumni Hall of Fame, 2007
University of Illinois, B.S. in journalism, 1971

John S. Knight Fellow, Stanford University, 1996-97

Poynter Institute seminar leader, 1990
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Washington, DC. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Please visit my website, kramerediting.com, for editing samples.