Barbara Wallraff/Biography

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Barbara Wallraff
Barbara Wallraff  

Barbara Wallraff, a senior editor and the back-page Word Court and Word Fugitives columnist for The Atlantic, has worked for the magazine since 1983. In the world of language commentary, Barbara offers an unequaled combination of authority, accessibility, and popularity. Besides her work for The Atlantic, she is a weekly syndicated columnist for King Features. She is the author of the nationally best-selling book Word Court, published in 2000, and Your Own Words, published in 2004. She is also the editor in chief of the newsletter Copy Editor: Language News for the Publishing Profession. She is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, the American Copy Editors Society, the American Dialect Society, and the Modern Language Association. Barbara has been an invited speaker at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the National Writers Workshop, the Nieman Foundation, the Radcliffe Publishing Course, and national or international conventions of the American Copy Editors Society, the Council of Science Editors, the International Education of Students organization, and the Journalism Education Association. She has been interviewed about language on the Nightly News With Tom Brokaw and dozens of radio programs including Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show, and All Things Considered. National Public Radio's Morning Edition once commissioned her to copy edit the U.S. Constitution. Her writing about language has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wilson Quarterly, and The New York Times Magazine. The Genus V edition of the game Trivial Pursuit contains a question about Barbara and her Word Court column.

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