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My name is Kenneth M. Walsh and I'm a writer/editor based in New York City.

I was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, on June 8, 1967, and lived in nearby Madison Heights until my family moved west in 1979 to Dobson Ranch in Mesa, Arizona.

I studied journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication. While in college I was the music critic for the Mesa Legend and later the urban affairs reporter for the State Press. I also interned for the Arizona Republic, Arizona's largest daily, and later worked as a correspondent for them.

My first job out of school was as a researcher for The Orange County Register in L.A.'s inferior cousin Orange County (now known by TV fans as The O.C.). I hated suburban life (I'd already had 22 years of it by then!), so I retreated to a West Side apartment on South Bundy Drive  in Los Angeles not far from where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman would later meet their fate. Next, I shared a bungalow with (unbeknownst to me at the time of signing the lease) a porn star and his lover in West Hollywood (all the while commuting 55 miles each way to Santa Ana in a broken-down 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit).

By the time 1993 rolled around, I had had enough and packed up everything and moved in (temporarily) with my oldest brother, Bill, in Washington. After landing a job at the National Gallery of Art, I quickly became restless and yearned to return to the world of news and editing. PR Newswire was hiring copy editors and although peddling press releases wasn't exactly what I wanted to be doing, it was a step in the right direction. I worked my way up to be the Washington bureau's editorial supervisor and continued to pursue other opportunities, eventually doing some editing for USA Today's Life section.

In 1998, PRN offered me the chance to move to New York City to manage their fledgling NY bureau. I jumped at the opportunity and worked there for another four years before finally moving on.

In early 2003 I began a freelance career that has included editing for New York magazine, US Weekly, Footwear News, TheStreet.com and Details. In 2005 I launched the blog kenneth in the (212), which has been featured on New York's famed Page Six, Entertainment Weekly and VH1's "Best Week Ever." My  personal essays have appeared in Instinct magazine. .

My family is very close, very smart and very fun. My mom (Molly) and stepdad (Gary) live in the Ahwatukee Foothills of Phoenix. Sister Jennifer lives nearby with her husband, Anthony, and their adorable 5-year-old son A.J. and their 1-year-pld girl, Ally Rose. Middle brother Terence is an editor for the East Valley Tribune in Mesa. Oldest brother Bill is an editor for The Washington Post and the author of the copy-editing classics "Lapsing Into a Comma" and "The Elephants of Style." He lives in a Capitol Hill row-house with his intranet czar wife, Jacqueline.

Today I live with my cat, Larry, in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.

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