In the world of language commentary, Barbara Wallraff offers an unequaled combination of authority, accessibility, and popularity. Barbara is a weekly syndicated columnist for King Features and a contributing editor and words columnist at The Atlantic Monthly, where she has worked since 1983. She is the author of the nationally best-selling book "Word Court," "Your Own Words," and "Word Fugitives."
Barbara has been an invited speaker at Columbia Journalism School, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, National Writers Workshops, the Nieman Foundation, the Radcliffe Publishing Course, and national or international conventions of the American Copy Editors Society, the Council of Science Editors, the International Education of Students organization, and the Journalism Education Association. She is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel.
She has been interviewed about language on television news programs including the Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and dozens of radio shows including Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show, and All Things Considered. National Public Radio's Morning Edition once commissioned her to copy-edit the U.S. Constitution.
Her writing about language has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The American Scholar, The Wilson Quarterly, and The Boston Globe. The Genus V edition of the game Trivial Pursuit contains a question about Barbara and her Word Court column.