Skip Card

Skip Card – Editor

Experienced reporter and copy editor with wide-ranging professional experience available to help authors repair broken sentences.

Overview

I worked for 22 years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor, including five years at the New York Post. My rare combination of writing and editing expertise means I do more than correct spelling and grammar mistakes. I can repair poorly constructed sentences, eliminate trite cliches, and turn wordy fluff into concise prose. I represent the perfect partner for an author who seeks not just a copy editor but also a seasoned writer who will provide honest, constructive feedback -- someone who can spot errors and improve prose yet preserve an author's individual style and voice.
My broad career experience spans a variety of general-interest skill sets:
-- I spent the first half of my career as a newspaper copy editor, learning to fix faulty grammar, correct improper word use, rein in run-on sentences and identify areas where facts slip into fiction. I later moved from editing to reporting, covering several cities and school districts near Tacoma, Wash.
-- In 1999, I became the outdoor recreation writer for the Tacoma News Tribune. I have also written or contributed to three outdoor guidebooks ("Take a Hike: New York City," "Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide" and "Best Rain Shadow Hikes: Western Washington") and written numerous travel stories.
-- When love lured me to New York City, I took a job as a copy editor with the New York Post, where I wrote those famous Post headlines.
-- I reviewed New York City public schools for the nonprofit website. I detailed my experiences as a father of a young student in the "Elementary Dad" humor column.
-- Taking a break from journalism, I created and operated Hookline Fish Co., a Hudson Valley food company specializing in Northwest-style smoked salmon. Operating a commercial kitchen immersed me in the world of recipes, cooking techniques, and food safety protocols.
-- I currently work as the copy editor for Commercial Observer, a weekly publication and website covering commercial real estate in New York, Florida, California and Washington, D.C.
Despite my nonfiction background, I have a deep appreciation for creative authors such as Douglas Adams, P.G. Wodehouse, Joseph Heller and Carl Hiaasen. I enjoy working with writers who have a quirky sense of humor.
Services
Non-Fiction
Nature Sports & Outdoors Travel
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • I have won a total of 12 awards in competitions sponsored by the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. I am one of very few journalists to have won first or second place in the categories of comprehensive reporting, feature writing, page design and headlines.
Certifications
  • BA in Communications, University of Washington

Work experience

Commercial Observer

Apr, 2022 — Present

Edit articles about commercial real estate, including feature stories about developers, lenders, builders, architects and interior designers. I work directly with Commercial Observer writers to suggest ways to improve their grammar and sentence phrasing.

InsideSchools.org

Dec, 2010 — Mar, 2013 (about 2 years)

Visited and reviewed New York City public schools for a nonprofit website that offers information to parents. Wrote the weekly "Elementary Dad" humor column.

New York Post, features department

Oct, 2005 — Oct, 2010 (about 5 years)

Edited staff-written articles about theater, food, film, fashion, travel, real estate, business and lifestyle trends. Also proofread the Page Six celebrity news plus columns by Steve Cuozzo, Cindy Adams, Michael Riedel and others. Wrote those eye-catching Post headlines. Contributed articles about outdoor recreation, travel and Broadway shows.

Tacoma News Tribune

Sep, 1997 — Oct, 2003 (about 6 years)

Covered outdoor recreation from a variety of angles, including in-depth news articles, breaking news and features on hiking, skiing, boating and mountain climbing. Paid special attention to national parks and other public lands. Traveled to New York City after the Sept. 11 attacks to cover search and rescue efforts at Ground Zero. Previously covered the city governments and school districts of five cities near Tacoma.

Tacoma News Tribune

Aug, 1993 — Sep, 1997 (about 4 years)

Designed, built and edited the daily newspaper’s front page. Previously designed and edited the local Metro sections, both local and county editions. Originally hired as a copy editor on the news desk, handling a wide variety of local and wire copy.

The Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.)

Jun, 1986 — Aug, 1993 (about 7 years)

In charge of the Sunday edition and features sections (travel, food, lifestyle, business). Also copy-edited the opinion columns, local news and wire reports. Originally hired as a copy editor on the news desk.

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Jay K.

Jay K.

Feb, 2022

Skip is great. I really like him, easy to work with, gets things done and his work is top notch. I feel like my book is ready to share with the world thanks to Skip.

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