Matthew VanAtta

Palm Springs, CA USA

Professional Experience

My background in magazine journalism and educational publishing gives me the flexibility to edit a broad range of content, from political reportage to AP history courses to arts and entertainment features to columns about automotive trends and travel.


Copy Editor
18 Years
15 Years
15 Years


Arts & Humanities
15 Years
12 Years
Other, Specify
9 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
8 Years
Academia Other
12 Years
Book Publishing Consumer
4 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

21 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Demand Studios (10+), Schlager Group (Cengage) (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Apex Learning (10+)

Other Work History

2000–2008 LPI Media/PlanetOut Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) Copy Editor: Copyedited news reports, reviews, columns and feature articles for an award-winning group of magazines, including The Advocate, The Out Traveler and Out. Queried writers and sources to fact-check content. Edited and posted articles to websites on a daily basis. Reported to and coordinated work with the copy chief and other members of the editorial and design teams. Copy Editor, Alyson Books: Also edited fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for LPI Media’s book publishing division. Wrote and edited content for and proofread book covers, catalogs and advertising.

Technical Skills

Adobe, Canon photo-editing software; have used Photoshop. Experience with content management systems (SharePoint, Ektron, and Xyleme).

Foreign Language Skills

German, familiarity with classical languages (Latin, Greek, Hebrew)

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HEAT and Xyleme (both are XML-based online editing software); have also worked in InDesign and Quark


Very familiar with Windows 7; experience with Mac operating systems.

Work Permits & Visas

U.S. citizen


Trudy Ring, Copy Chief, Regent Media: (310) 943-5953 Dennis Pearson, Technical Editor (semiretired) (760) 774-2227 Teresa Nemeth, Lead Copy Editor, Apex Learning, (206) 381-5650