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Dave Swan

Dave Swan - Editor

Atlanta, GA & Inlet Beach, FL

I'm a lifelong communicator who can proof, advise, rewrite, and everything in between.


I've been writing and editing for over 30 years in print, radio, TV, and online. I've handled everything from 20-second radio news scripts to a 900-page report to Congress, so I can definitely say "No job is too big or too small" (and no deadline is ever too short!). I've worked extensively on politics, government, taxes, and foreign affairs, but I also love music, films, and the arts in general. I understand the author's side of the process because I've self-published two short stories (see "Portfolio" below) and am working on a novel.

Last but not least, I'm a dedicated (hopeless) word nerd who rages daily at the atrocities people inflict on our beloved language. My specialty is helping you present complicated subjects in plain but lively English.

Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Computers & Internet Economics Education & Reference Entertainment History Home & Garden Law Music Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement Technology Travel


  • B.A., Speech, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Broadcast Journalism, American University

Work experience

Writer-editor and communications analyst

Taxpayer Advocate Service, Internal Revenue Service

October, 2001 – May, 2015 (over 13 years)

Served as senior editorial voice for “the taxpayer's voice at the IRS.” Edited reports and testimony to Congress, newsletters, web articles, video scripts. Created internal writing and editing style guides. Taught writing at CPE and training events. Worked with everyone from interns to senior execs and managers.

Correspondent, national news editor, news writer

Voice of America

June, 1984 – September, 2001 (over 17 years)

Reported on Washington for international news organization, covering Congress, White House, political campaigns, defense, foreign policy, economics, and justice. Supervised national news desk. Wrote for one of the first political blogs. Traveled to two dozen countries and over 40 states.

Portfolio (1 selected work)

National Taxpayer Advocate 2005 Annual Report to Congress (Publication 2104 (Rev. 12-2005), Volume 1)

IRS - Internal Revenue Service Department of the Treasury U.S.A. US

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