About

Hi, I’m David.

I’m an editor and writer based in Philadelphia. I currently serve as the associate editor of Risk & Insurance magazine.

Previously, I worked as a freelancer with a focus on magazine copyediting; a list of the magazines I copyedited can be found on my résumé—just ask.

As a former senior editor of Azure magazine, I’ve also written extensively about architecture and design, including short- and long-form profiles and service pieces, book and film reviews, and travel writing.

The articles you see on this site represent a cross-section of my editorial writing only. Much of the writing I do is for corporate clients, generating original content for professional organizations and businesses. If you’d like to see samples of this corporate work, I’m happy to provide them.

Wondering if I can help you with your project? Read more about what a freelance editor and writer can do for you here.

If you’d like to know more or to suggest a collaboration, please don’t hesitate to contact me and say hi.

Awards & Nominations

2022 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best B2B Website
The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Digital Edition Publication, Consumer
The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Feel-Good Story, Business
“Big Shot,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Multicultural Story, Business
“Renewed Optimism,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Industry Feature, Business
“Zero-Waste Fashion,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Company Feature, Business
“Kicking Into High Gear,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Investigative Article, Business
“The NFTease,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Lifestyle Article, Consumer
“Simu Liu Is Out of the Shadows,” Sharp (copy editor)

2022 Best of CASE District II Awards
Best Writing: COVID-Related
“Balancing Act,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Best of CASE District II Awards
Best Writing: COVID-Related
“The Big Shift,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Best of CASE District II Awards
Best Writing: COVID-Related
“Bright Spot,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Best of CASE District II Awards
Best Writing: Research, Medicine and Science News
“Flora Feminista,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Best of CASE District II Awards
Best Writing: News / Feature >1,000 Words
“The Magic of Mushrooms,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 Best of CASE District II Awards
Best Writing: Profile >1,000 Words
“That Funny Lady,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Gold: Best News Coverage
“The Next Course,” Azure (copy editor)

2022 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Honorable Mention: Best Issue
The March/April 2021 Issue, Azure (copy editor)

2022 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Honorable Mention: Best Feature Article, Professional
“Community Ties,” Azure (copy editor)

2022 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Honorable Mention: Best Issue
The Big Shift, The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Honorable Mention: Best Profile of a Person
“That Funny Lady,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Honorable Mention: Best Feature Article, Trade
“The Magic of Mushrooms,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2022 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Honorable Mention: Best Feature Article, Professional
“Flora Feminista,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Gold: Best B2B Website
The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Gold: Best Digital Edition Publication, Business
Summer 2021 Issue, The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Gold: Best Industry Feature, Business
“Bright Spot,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Gold: Best Multicultural Story, Business
“Equity Disparity,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Silver: Best Digital Content, Best of Canada
The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Company Feature, Business
“Leap of Faith,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Feel-Good Story, Business
“Breathe Easy,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Investigative Article, Business
“The Big Shift,” The York University Magazine (copy editor)

2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Finalist: Best Investigative Article, Consumer
“How Esports Became a 21st Century Gold Rush,” Sharp (copy editor)

2021 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Gold: Best Issue
The Resiliency Issue, Azure (copy editor)

2021 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Silver: Best Feature
“The Future of Plastic,” Azure (copy editor)

2021 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Honorable Mention: Best News Coverage
“Protection Services,” Azure (copy editor)

2020 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Gold: Best Print & Digital Publication, Best of Canada
York University Magazine (copy editor)

2020 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Gold: Best Print & Digital Publication, Academic
York University Magazine (copy editor)

2020 Canadian Online Publishing Awards
Gold: Best Website, Academic
York University Magazine (copy editor)

2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Gold: Best News Coverage
“The Many Sides of Sidewalk Toronto,” Azure (copy editor)

2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Silver: Best Issue
The Materials Issue, Azure (copy editor)

2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B
Honorable Mention: Best Profile of a Person
“Jan Kath’s Magic Carpet Ride,” Azure (writer)

2020 National Magazine Awards
Honorable Mention: Best Column
Points of Departure, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Sharp (copy editor)

2020 National Magazine Awards
Honorable Mention: Best Column
The Reluctant Fanatic, Nicholas Hune-Brown, Sharp (copy editor)

2019 National Magazine Awards
Gold: Best Column
Points of Departure, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Sharp (copy editor)

2018 National Magazine Awards
Honorable Mention: Best Magazine, Fashion & Beauty
S/ magazine (copy editor)

2018 National Magazine Awards
Honorable Mention: Best Magazine, Special Interest
Azure (repeat contributor)

2016 National Magazine Awards
Honorable Mention: Best Issue
A City on the Rise, Azure (senior editor)