George White

George White - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Successful collaboration-oriented book editor in the memoir, history, education, business, social justice, and personal development genres.

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Overview

I’ve been writing and editing stories in collaboration with other storytellers my entire adult life. For more than a decade, I demonstrated my ability to tell and refine stories as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times.


Over the past decade, I’ve transferred those skills to books. I’ve used my interviewing and engagement skills to better understand the story objectives of writers.


As an editor, I help writers reach those goals by providing assessments and suggestions on how to improve the manuscript. When we agree on editing plans, I provide feedback and updates that ensure your involvement in the development of a more compelling story.


Most of the content I've managed relates to four nonfiction genres—history, education, professional development, and social justice for publishers such as Scholastic Inc, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Michigan State University Press.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Career Guides
Education & Reference
History
Political Science & Current Affairs

Certifications

  • Member, World History Association

Awards

  • The Martin Luther King Center honored "At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom" by selecting it for a 2018 Salute to Greatness Award.

Work experience

Manuscript Editor

Self-employed
January, 2014 – May, 2016 (over 2 years)

Edited “At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom: The Fight for Social and Educational Justice,” a 2016 Michigan State University Press book on the life of Robert L. Green, an educator-activist who helped lead marches on behalf of Martin Luther King and subsequently spearheaded campaigns to address educational inequities as a civil rights issue

Manuscript Editor

Self-employed
October, 2012 – March, 2014 (over 1 year)

Edited “Expect the Most—Provide the Best,” a 2014 Scholastic Inc professional development book that examines the impact of innovation and high expectations on academic achievement

Manuscript Editor

Self-employed
January, 2012 – June, 2012 (5 months)

Edited a chapter in “A Call for Change,” a 2012 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt anthology of strategies for improving black male education

Manuscript Editor

Self-employed
January, 2011 – February, 2012 (about 1 year)

On behalf of the author and an education consultant, read “Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis) Integration” (Teachers College Press, 2011), and edited a 2012 review of the book published by the Journal of Negro Education in 2012

Editor

UCLA Center for Communications and Community
June, 2007 – August, 2007 (2 months)

Edited “Public Health Legacy: History and Health Disparities,” an article in the Fall 2007 edition of the UCLA center's Context magazine by Harvard medical professors Dr. W. Michael Byrd and Dr. Linda A. Clayton, a report based on the second volume of “An American Health Dilemma” (Routledge, 2002), their Pulitzer-nominated book

Editor

UCLA Center for Communications and Community
September, 2005 – October, 2005 (about 1 month)

Edited “The Internet and the Rise of Participatory Journalism,” Dan Gillmor’s Winter 2005 (UCLA center) Context magazine article on some of the issues and trends he explored in “We the Media” (O’Reilly Media, 2006), published in book form a year after that report

Editor

Self-employed
April, 2005 – July, 2005 (3 months)

Reviewed a draft of Ruth Hamilton’s “Roots of Passage: Rethinking the African Diaspora” (Michigan State University Press, 2007) and made pre-publication recommendations to the director of Michigan State University Press

Editor

Self-employed
February, 2005 – October, 2005 (8 months)

Edited “A Way Out” (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 2006), a compilation of strategies for improving the life prospects of young men of color

Editor

UCLA Center for Communications and Community
April, 2003 – September, 2005 (over 2 years)

Provided editorial feedback on a 2003 draft of Kay Mill’s “Changing Channels: The Civil Rights Case that Transformed Television” (University Press of Mississippi, 2004), and edited her article on the subject in the Winter 2005 edition of Context magazine

Editor and Writer

Self-employed
April, 1999 – December, 2001 (over 2 years)

Edited “Win-Win” (Ford Foundation, 2002), a series of case studies on companies that prospered by investing in neglected communities and by diversifying their workforce and their supply chains

Contributor

Self-employed
April, 1999 – December, 2001 (over 2 years)

Wrote and edited “Win-Win,” a 2002 Ford Foundation book on successful corporate investments in neglected communities, one of the case studies referenced in “Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations” (Springer, 2007)

Contributing Editor

Self-employed
February, 1998 – December, 2005 (almost 8 years)

In February 1998, helped the Smithsonian Institution create an exhibit called “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” by editing some exhibit texts and by reviewing some show-related materials, content excerpted and included in “Sweatshop Slaves: Asian Americans in the Garment Industry” (UCLA, 2006), a book partly based on my 1995 Los Angeles Times exposés on a Thai sweatshop slavery ring in El Monte, Ca.

Editor and Reporter

Los Angeles Times
February, 1988 – March, 1999 (about 11 years)

As an editor, managed the Los Angeles Times’ Platform column, a guest columnist section of the paper’s opinion section, and covered international trade and retailing as a business news reporter

Portfolio (10 selected works)

A Call for Change

Council of the Great City Schools

In October 2010, the Council of the Great City Schools released a major report on the academic status of African American males, A Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools. The Council then commissioned a series of solution briefs from some of the nation’s leading scholars and experts to help it think through an effective ... read more

In October 2010, the Council of the Great City Schools released a major report on the academic status of African American males, A Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools. The Council then commissioned a series of solution briefs from some of the nation’s leading scholars and experts to help it think through an effective ... read more

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