ABOUT ME

 
My story

I am a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer and editor. I love words: writing them, correcting them and often deleting them.

In my career, I have been a newspaper writer and editor, a magazine editor and a freelance writer and copyeditor. I’ve worked on online sites as a writer and editor as well. I bring a strong work ethic, a creative spirit, flexibility and a sense of professionalism to every project I encounter.

Currently I am a job-seeking freelance writer, editor and content marketer.  I love my freelance clients, especially the Concord Pioneer and the San Francisco Chronicle, but I am looking for more corporate and agency clients, or a full-time position. 

Before working in agency life for a year at AMF Media Group, I edited the  Lamorinda Weekly, a 26,000-circulation community newspaper for the towns of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda. This was deja vu  for me, because I covered the same community for the Contra Costa Sun (now Lamorinda Sun) back in the early 2000s. That solidified my love of community news, and I ended up overseeing all the Central County Community Weeklies. That was under the umbrella of the Contra Costa Times, now the East Bay Times.


After I left there I fell into a niche: Producing parenting magazines, which touched another one of my loves. I did that for the Bay Area’s two main regional parenting magazines -- Bay Area Parent and later, Parents Press -- until 2016.


At the same time I worked as a freelance writer, covering hard news and delightful features for a variety of Bay Area publications. I also honed my strong working knowledge of AP style as a copyeditor for the Clayton and Concord Pioneer. When the Concord paper launched, I took over covering the Concord civic beat, writing about such things as the Concord Naval Weapons Station, rent and housing issues and crime.


I have had a colorful and stimulating career that has allowed me a strong work-life balance.


I am currently an empty nester, with my husband Tony and I having raised three children. We have two college graduates and my “baby” is now in college. We reside in Concord, California with our dogs Posey and Lola.

Work​
experience​
Editorial Director, AMF Media Group 

July 2017 - July 2018

 

  • Assisted in the content strategy of a boutique marketing agency

  • Developed themes and ideas, wrote human interest stories and managed production of marketing magazines for Natividad Hospital

  • Designed and wrote website copy, press releases and marketing copy

  • Created thought leadership for clients by connecting community needs with clients’ services

Editor, Lamorinda Weekly.

​March 2016 - July 2017

 

  • Oversaw the editorial planning and production of a 25,000-circulation bi-weekly newspaper for the Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda communities

  • Supervised a staff of six staff writers and 10 columnists and freelancers 

  • Edited an average of 50 stories each issue using AP style

Freelance Writer. 

​June 2011 - present

 

  • Clients include:

    • San Francisco Chronicle Custom Publishing and Special Sections Department

    • Zuckerberg-San Francisco General Hospital

    • City of Hayward

    • Super Bowl 50 Committee

    • The San Francisco Newspaper Agency

    • The San Jose Mercury News/East Bay Times

    • Diablo magazine

 

 

Reporter and Copyeditor, Concord Pioneer.

June 2011 - present

 

  • Cover breaking and enterprise stories for the city of Concord, including the development of the Concord Naval Weapons Station

  • Copyedit stories using AP style

Editor, Parent's Press. Alameda, CA

Dec. 2013 - April 2016

 

  • Managed the editorial content of a regional monthly parenting magazine

  • Supervised six to 10 freelancers as well as a designer

  • Posted social media content as needed

 

Local Editor, Patch.com. Concord, CA

​Nov. 2010 - May 2011

 

  • Launched and managed the editorial content of a local online news site

  • Wrote three to four stories daily

  • Managed five to 10 freelance writers, photographers and videographers

  • Optimized content for an online audience

 

Editor, Bay Area Parent. Walnut Creek, CA

Oct. 2006 - Oct. 2010

 

  • Managed the editorial production of a monthly parenting magazine, seven ancillary publications and the online site

  • Supervised two assistant editors and multiple freelancers

Editor/Writer, Contra Costa Times. Walnut Creek, CA

Sept. 2002 - Sept. 2006

 

  • Managed the editorial production of six community weekly newspapers

  • Covered breaking news and enterprise features of children, teens, parenting and youth activities

Education
Skills
University of California, Berkeley.

​Bachelor of Arts, English

InDesign

WordPress

Microsoft Office

Writing for SEO

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© 2019 by Peggy Spear.

 

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