Dave Baker, founder of Super Copy Editors, has more than two decades of professional copy editing experience, including work for The Nation magazine, The New York Times, and The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, where he shared two staff Pulitzer Prizes after Hurricane Katrina.
As a copy editor, Dave has been entrusted with putting the polishing touches on articles, books, and other materials by writers from all walks of life, including a former secretary of state, an Oscar-winning filmmaker, and one of the biggest rock bands of all time.
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson University, where he studied journalism and was editor in chief of The Tiger, a student newspaper twice awarded Best in Show during his years there by the Associated Collegiate Press.
A 2010–11 museum exhibit, Covering Katrina, in Washington, D.C., featured the famous Aug. 30, 2005, Times-Picayune “Catastrophic” front page that Dave designed at 2 a.m. by generator power the night after the hurricane hit. That front page also received special recognition in The Best of Newspaper Design.
His work has received recognition over the years from various professional organizations, such as the South Carolina Press Association and the Society for News Design. In 2019, Dave was honored with an Award of Excellence and two Awards of Distinction in the 25th Annual Communicator Awards, a yearly competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations, and identity work. He also received an Honorable Mention in the 2019 AVA Digital Awards.
Dave is a member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES), an organization that is dedicated to raising the standards of editing, as well as the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Freelancers Union, and MediaBistro AvantGuild.
Jenna Rohrbacher has always had a great interest in helping writers improve and polish their work. She graduated from Portland State University in 2009 with a master’s degree in writing and publishing. She also honed her editing skills at the independent publisher Ooligan Press in Portland. In her spare time, Jenna dances and teaches Argentine tango.
Mike Turner, a former longtime newspaper copy editor and business writer, now puts his word skills to a variety of uses. He edits a wide range of marketing materials—everything from blog posts to marketing brochures to annual reports and much more. Mike served as copy desk chief forThe Flint Journal and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.
Lucea Bixby is a copy editor and proofreader with a focus on health care and education. She enjoys reviewing everything from training, marketing, and sales materials to textbook content and curriculum modules. Passionate about wordsmithing and developing accessible and error-free content, she is comfortable with multiple style guides, including Chicago, AMA, and Associated Press. Lucea earned a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, in English with minors in studio art, technical writing, and medieval studies.
Beth Navage has been an award-winning copy editor for about 25 years. She was copy chief at the St. Petersburg Times and assistant metro copy desk chief at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Beth has a keen interest in all aspects of education and has performed work for several educational publishers.
Marlaina Cockcroft has nearly 20 years of experience in writing and editing, and can handle all types of subject material. She served as copy editor at the Courier News in central New Jersey and Billboard magazine in New York, editorial operations manager and freelance writer at Miami New Times, and copy editor and entertainment editor at The Record in northern New Jersey. A book nerd as well as a comic book geek, she writes children’s books in her spare time.
Joan Matthews has been a copy editor, proofreader, and indexer for more than three decades. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and a master’s degree in English from Stanford University. One of her most memorable moments consists of riding in the 39th-floor elevator at McGraw-Hill with Isaac Asimov—she reassured the technophobic author that the elevator was not about to crash as it barreled down to the lobby.
In her many years as a copy editor, Louise Watson has worked on a wide range of materials, including ad campaigns, magazine articles, book manuscripts, and English and math curriculum materials. She has edited or proofread materials for W.W. Norton, Harvard University, McGraw-Hill, NBC Universal, Disney, and many others. Louise is an associate editor for AMAZONAS and CORAL magazines, both published by Reef to Rainforest Media. She has a bachelor’s degree in English/Art from Middlebury College.