As an editor I’ve worked on lengthy investigations, feel good stories, and profiles of people on the cultural and scientific edge.
I’m available to work with writers, newsrooms and organizations on developmental and structural edits, as well as proofreading. Get in touch at tkb [at ] taylorkatebrown [dot] com
Here’s some selected highlights of my work as an editor. A full list is below.
A woman’s choice – sexual favors or lose her home
As story after story of sexual harassment in Hollywood and other industries broke in late 2017 and early 2018, writer Jessica Lussenhop reported on the stories of harassment literally closer to home.
I worked on this story from strategizing a reporting plan to structural edits to full production and promotional roll out.
The full story of how this story came to be and what we learned in making it a reality is in this Twitter thread.
‘Why I injected myself with an untested gene therapy’ (by Jessica Lussenhop)
Wildly experimental science? Reporting on an ethical gray area? Highly controversial medical company? All the check boxes for danger were here in this story, but it ended up a successful education in careful fact checking and legal review, all while keeping the narrative intact.
80 and Evicted (by Hannah Long-Higgins)
This is the story of New Yorkers on the verge of being kicked out of homes, told through documentary photography and rigorous reporting by the author. I edited a draft that was the result of months of reporting, focusing on a vignette structure and a production strategy that highlighted the photography and first-person voices of her subjects.
My father fought the CIA’s secret war in Laos (by Peter Lang Stanton)
In a broadcast organization, the best stories are often found in radio – and learning how to guide writers from a broadcast script to an narrative feature was crucial to the success of stories like this one.
A dog that transformed a 104-year-old’s life (by Jen Reeder)
Layla helps centenarian Milt feel less lonely. Super cute. 13/10 would commission again.
Full story editing list
San Francisco Chronicle
“From The Archive” column: November 2019 to January 2021
- Bam! Smack! Pow!: We found the winner of The Chronicle’s ‘Batmobile’ contest
- When California declared war on cannabis growers and called in the Army
- ‘Total war’ on polio in the Bay Area: Archive finds on the ‘K.O. Polio’ vaccination campaign
- SF’s most remote residents: Farallones quest for a 1950 census taker and The Chronicle
- ‘We sinners never give up’: Sally Stanford’s journey from madam to mayor
- A woman’s choice – sexual favours or lose her home (by Jessica Lussenhop)
- My father fought the CIA’s secret war in Laos (by Peter Lang-Stanton)
- 80 and Evicted (by Hannah Long-Higgins)
- The mystery of the strangled billionaires (by Jessica Murphy)
- Eddie Adams’ iconic Vietnam war photo: What happened next? (by James Jeffrey)
- The time when America stopped being great (by Nick Bryant)
- ‘Why I injected myself with untested gene therapy’ (by Jessica Lussenhop)
- The ‘other’ Dreamers faced with an uncertain future (by Brajesh Upadhyay)
- Why Trump accuser is running for office (by Tara McKelvey)
- Earl Hays Press: Where Hollywood gets fake money and newspapers (by James Bartlett)
- Meet the Brit in charge of fixing NYC’s subway (by Robin Levinson King)
- Americans going abroad for illegal heroin treatment (by Jonathan Levinson, with PRI The World)
- Remembering the night that changed America (by Anthony Zurcher, with BBC World Service)
- A dog that transformed a 104-year-old’s life (by Jen Reeder)
- World Cup: Safety fears for gay fans heading to Russia (by Keph Sennett)