About Merrill Perlman
Merrill Perlman spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs including business copy editor, manager of staff editor recruiting, managing editor of the New York Times News Service and director of copy desks. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review.
With a national reputation as an effective and entertaining teacher and collaborator, she has consulted with or developed workshops for journalism organizations, law firms, private companies and educational groups from grammar through graduate school. Her advice on tricky language problems is often sought by media outlets.
As a freelance editor, Merrill has edited works by John Sculley, Stephen King, Paul Alexander, Armistead Maupin, Eliot Spitzer, Mara Altman, Joe Eszterhas, Stephan Talty, Stuart Diamond, Kurt Vonnegut, (posthumously, for him), Mishka Shubaly, Sloane Crosley, Frank Gilroy, Jonathan Biss, Jeremiah Tower, Christina Lewis Halpern, Rick Marin and Jeff Jarvis, among others.
Merrill is a recipient of the Glamann Award from the American Copy Editors Society. She is a member and former president of the ACES Education Fund and a member of the ACES executive committee.
- Columbia Journalism Review Language Corner
- Cnn.com Opinion: "Why Amercia Needs Copy Editors" (300,000 page views; 11,000 Facebook "likes")
- The New York Times "Talk to the Newsroom" 2008 and 2007
- American Journalism Review: "Will Automated Copy Editors Replace Human Ones?"
- Minnesota Public Radio, Midmorning: The Language Corner and Grammar Geeks
- National Public Radio On the Media: Punctuation Infatuation
- American Public Media Belt-Tightening With Actual Belts
- University of Missouri Profiles in Success
- Poynter Institute Copy Editing Pro Merrill Perlman Spots Story Problems