Peter Kupfer

Peter Kupfer - Editor

San Francisco, CA, USA

Meticulous copyeditor with 20+ years experience working with nonfiction writers; specializing in memoir, biography, and journalism.

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Overview

Award-winning journalist with extensive experience writing and editing books, newspaper and magazine articles, websites, and other publications. My mission is to work with the author to present his or her work as clearly, concisely, and compellingly as possible, while always respecting their unique voice. I specialize in nonfiction, particularly memoir, biography, and journalism. Business, technology, arts, and culture are areas of particular interest. I was a copyeditor for 14 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, and before that a business reporter and editor at United Press International in New York. My freelance writing has appeared in leading newspapers, magazines, and websites, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, and Metropolis magazine. I am currently working on a memoir about my father.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
History
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Technology

Certifications

  • M.S. Journalism / Columbia University

Awards

  • Associated Press Community Service Award
  • Society of Professional Journalists Investigative Reporting Award

Work experience

Freelance writer and editor

Self-employed
September, 2006 – Present (over 12 years)

Freelance writer and copyeditor for various companies, nonprofits, and publishers. Clients have included Google, Business for Social Responsibility, Hardscratch Press, Tech Soup, and Vinci. My articles on business and technology, arts and culture, travel, and other topics have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Observer, San Francisco Chronicle, and Metropolis magazine, among many other publications.

Content Marketing Writer

Google
September, 2017 – January, 2018 (4 months)

Wrote articles about cloud computing for Google under a contract with Beyond, a San Francisco-based design and technology company.

Freelance copyeditor

Hardscratch Press
June, 2010 – June, 2014 (about 4 years)

Copyedited several books, including Unga Island Girl: Ruth's Book by Jacquelin Ruth Benson Pels; Family After All, by Raymond L. Hudson; and Any Tonnage, Any Ocean: Conversations With a Resolute Alaskan, by Walter Jackinsky.

Copyeditor

San Francisco Chronicle
January, 1992 – September, 2006 (over 14 years)

Copyeditor in the Foreign/National, Business, and Arts and Culture departments.

Business editor and writer

United Press International (UPI)
March, 1990 – January, 1992 (almost 2 years)

Business editor and writer for UPI, an international news service. Worked with correspondents in the U.S. and around the world.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Life in the Slipstream: The Legend of Bobby Walthour Sr.

Andrew M. Homan

A century before Lance Armstrong captured headlines around the world by winning a record seventh consecutive Tour de France, another American dominated the world of competitive cycling. His name was Bobby Walthour, and in the early 1900s he was one of the world’s most famous and highly paid athletes. Life in the Slipstream chronicles Walthour’s rise from a lowly bicycle messenger in Georgia to... read more

A century before Lance Armstrong captured headlines around the world by winning a record seventh consecutive Tour de France, another American dominated the world of competitive cycling. His name was Bobby Walthour, and in the early 1900s he was one of the world’s most famous and highly paid athletes. Life in the Slipstream chronicles Walthour’s rise from a lowly bicycle messenger in Georgia to... read more

Any Tonnage, Any Ocean: Conversations With a Resolute Alaskan

Walter Jackinsky

Walter Jackinsky has spent most of his 88 years on the water. Any Tonnage, Any Ocean melds family drama and Native history, zest for travel and deep roots in the home place. The title refers to Captain Jackinsky's hard-won master mariner's license. Even more it conveys his no-limits approach to life in general, from salmon fishing to music to all things maritime. Enjoy the ride!

Walter Jackinsky has spent most of his 88 years on the water. Any Tonnage, Any Ocean melds family drama and Native history, zest for travel and deep roots in the home place. The title refers to Captain Jackinsky's hard-won master mariner's license. Even more it conveys his no-limits approach to life in general, from salmon fishing to music to all things maritime. Enjoy the ride!

Unga Island Girl: Ruth's Book

Jacquelin Ruth Benson Pels, Ruth Lauritzen Benson Soberg

Book by Pels, Jacquelin Ruth Benson, Soberg, Ruth Lauritzen Benson

Book by Pels, Jacquelin Ruth Benson, Soberg, Ruth Lauritzen Benson

The Art of Hiring Leaders: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations

Barbara J. Gilvar

The Art of Hiring Leaders: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations describes the executive transition process beginning with the board, through all the steps of the search process including a chapter on bringing a new executive into the organization successfully. Chapters are short and "reader friendly". The website has reviews and excerpts; the website is www.theartofhiringleaders.net.

The Art of Hiring Leaders: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations describes the executive transition process beginning with the board, through all the steps of the search process including a chapter on bringing a new executive into the organization successfully. Chapters are short and "reader friendly". The website has reviews and excerpts; the website is www.theartofhiringleaders.net.

Family After All: Alaska's Jesse Lee Home, Unalaska, 1889-1925

Raymond L. Hudson

The Jesse Lee story opens in the Aleutian Islands with the arrival of well-meaning 19th-century missionaries intent on delivering salvation and "civilization" to a proud people. Volume I tells of an institution founded in conflict and dissension that grew into a community admired by its neighbors and loved by many of its residents, mostly Native children from coastal Alaska. The Home operated ... read more

The Jesse Lee story opens in the Aleutian Islands with the arrival of well-meaning 19th-century missionaries intent on delivering salvation and "civilization" to a proud people. Volume I tells of an institution founded in conflict and dissension that grew into a community admired by its neighbors and loved by many of its residents, mostly Native children from coastal Alaska. The Home operated ... read more

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