Teresa and Rob Reinalda in Chicago.

Episode 23: Rob and Teresa Reinalda

That Word Chat with Editor Mark Allen welcomes Rob and Teresa Reinalda, author and illustrator behind a new book that attempts to answer the question of "Why Editors Drink." The book describes itself as "A snarky look at common, often hilarious, writing blunders."

Rob Reinalda is a veteran editor and writer who worked for many years at top U.S. newspapers, including the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune, before entering the online publishing world. He is winner of 2019 Robinson Prize for excellence in editing, awarded by ACES: The Society for Editing. Rob has written dozens of articles on language, including essays for The Huffington Post and podcast scripts for Grammar Girl. He has delivered numerous webinars and live presentations and workshops on writing and editing, and he is the founder and principal of Word Czar Media.

Teresa Reinalda has worked as an art director, print and digital designer, and traditional and digital illustrator. A multi-media artist, she began working remotely with models during the pandemic, which led to exploration with digital painting, as represented in “Why Editors Drink.” She’s incorporating this medium into a series of female-focused works. She has worked in fashion, marketing, advertising, and publishing, including as a magazine art director. Under the pseudonym TIAN, she illustrated two children’s books, “Do You Know How Much I Love You?” and “Zoey Learns Her ABCs.”

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Past episodes


Episodes below in green link to the recorded shows posted to YouTube.

Episode 1 (April 7): Mary Norris

Episode 2 (April 14): Steve Kleinedler and Kory Stamper

Episode 3 (April 21): Roy Peter Clark

Episode 4 (April 28): Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

Episode 5 (May 5): Ellen Jovin and Brandt Johnson

Episode 6 (May 12): David Crystal

Episode 7 (May 19) Ammon Shea and Peter Sokolowski

Episode 8 (May 26) Lynne Murphy

Episode 9 (June 9): Karen Yin

Episode 10 (June 16): Mignon Fogarty

Episode 11 (June 23): Jesse Sheidlower (with special guest Colleen Newvine)

Episode 12 (June 30): Jane Friedman

Episode 13 (July 14): Stan Carey and James Harbeck of Strong Language

Episode 14 (July 28): Steve Bien-Aime

Episode 15 (August 11): Ben Zimmer

Episode 16 (August 25): Alaina Lavoie and Caroline Tung Richmond of We Need Diverse Books

Episode 17 (September 8): Heather Bonikowski and John Kelly of Dictionary.com

Episode 18 (September 22): The Quad: Erin Brenner, Sarah Grey, Katharine O'Moore-Klopf,
Adrienne Montgomerie, Lori Paximadis, Laura Poole, Amy Schneider

Episode 19 (October 6): Carol Saller

Episode 20 (October 20): Linda Kass of Gramercy Books

Episode 21 (Nov. 10): That Word Chat: The Word Puzzlers

Episode 22 (Nov. 17): Merrill Perlman and Teresa Schmedding of the ACES Academy

Episode 23 (Dec. 1): Rob and Teresa Reinalda

Episode 24 (Dec. 15): Emily Brewster

Episode 25 (Jan. 5): The Word of the Year

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