Marcia Kramer

Bethesda, MD USA

Professional Experience

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,, for editing samples and testimonials.


Copy Editor
22 Years
8 Years
Other, Specify
12 Years


Other, Specify
40 Years


Newspaper - National
22 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
13 Years
6 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

40 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

SPGRIFFIN Productions (3-5), Columbia U. Graduate School of Journalism (3-5), Meredith Corp. (10+), Pew Hispanic Center (6-10), Pew Research Center (10+), American U. Investigative Reporting Workshop (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (10+), McKinsey & Company (10+), McKinsey Global Institute (10+), Ford Foundation (10+), Americans Elect (10+), 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 University 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



Please visit my website,, for editing samples.