Laird Townsend

Laird Townsend

Laird Townsend is the founder of Project Word. Previously, he was features editor at Orion magazine, which he helped earn the coveted Utne Independent Press Award for General Excellence in 2004. From 1997 to 2003, he was editor of Terrain magazine, a Berkeley, California-based environmental news quarterly, where his writers won two Project Censored awards.

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Laird Townsend is an Associated Press-trained journalist and magazine editor. As a desk editor for more than 10 years, he has edited upwards of 100 journalists of all levels, from New York Times reporters to beginners, and has helped a number of minority journalists make the transition from newspaper and trade reporting to narrative journalism. Before founding Project Word in 2007, he was features editor at Orion magazine, which he helped earn the coveted Utne Independent Press Award for General Excellence in 2004. From 1997 to 2003, he was editor of Terrain magazine, a Berkeley, California-based environmental news quarterly, where his writers won two Project Censored awards.