ABOUT LEE/HISTORY  

I consider myself fortunate because I knew what I wanted to do since I was 11 years old. Nothing seemed like a more perfect job than attending sporting events and writing about them. But nothing was definite until my senior year  of high school. At Pasadena (Calif.) High, a fellow student running for a minor student body cabinet office (Elections Commissioner; notice the coincidence) told me he saw some people stuffing the ballot box for his opponent. Working on the student paper at the time, I went to work at uncovering the truth. Because of my investigations and writings, the election was declared null and void.

In the meantime, I continued my sports writing pursuits and won the school's Best Sportswriter award. After graduating second in my class, I enrolled at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and declared journalism as my major. I never changed majors and graduated in 1990 cum laude after having spent time as a writer, reporter and sports editor for the school paper, and delivering sports reports on the campus radio station.
 
My career as a professional writer has been varied and rewarding. I spent 12 years as a sports writer for Los Angeles daily newspapers, including the Daily News. I wrote about everything from preps to pros and earned a degree of respect for my in-depth, human-interest stories that dealt with athletes overcoming incredible adversities to excel. Along the way, I picked up valuable leadership and organizational skills that included time-budgeting, making deadlines, copy editing, headline and caption writing, proofreading and page design.

Since striking out on my own in late 2004, I have expanded my repertoire to include non-sports pieces for such diverse outlets as the Jewish Journal, several RV publications, Patch.com and SCI FI Wire (now called Blastr). In 2010, I took another turn and started writing corporate scripts and speeches, marketing materials of all kinds (from your 30-second commercial/elevator speech to your brochures and direct mail letters), website pages and SEO. I also started blogging about proper word choice (Click on the Blog tab above). Finally, I have added ghostwriting and book writing. In 2016, I returned to my roots and started wrting for the weekly Santa Clarita Gazette and Free Classifieds.

I have branched out into editing, too. My clients have included: Respiratory Management (now called Respiratory & Sleep Management), in which I edited all copy for this HME home-oxygen magazine; the CSUN Family Focus Resource and Empowerment Center, in which I wrote, edited and designed this nonprofit's newsletter; and several special-education master's students, whose theses I edited. More recently, I have added L.A. Parent magazine. In 2012, I started editing books and manuscripts. In 2015, I started and finished several, including a 128-page, 37,100 word novella and two smaller manuscripts: a fiictional account of a lesbian who goes to Uganda and a non-fiction argument that Armaggedon has arrived in the form of ISIS. In 2017, I completed another manuscript, this one a fantasy about an awkward teenage boy and his friends who travel to a mysterious and magical world where what's inside you is as important as your outer strength and intelligence.

I live in Los Angeles, am married since 1995 to Erika and have a daughter, Elise (born 2001). In my spare time, I enjoy refereeing high school and club volleyball, softball and soccer.


Where I have been published

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Lee Barnathan (818) 521-1675
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