|My name is Kenneth
M. Walsh and I'm a writer/editor
based in New York City.
I was born in
Oak, Michigan, on June 8, 1967, and lived in nearby
Heights until my family moved west in 1979 to
Dobson Ranch in
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
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
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
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,
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
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,
Today I live with my cat, Larry, in
the Chelsea section of Manhattan.