About KP

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I was born in rural Pennsylvania, adopted twice, went to Penn State, moved to Colorado. Arrived in San Francisco in the early ’90s and worked very briefly on a ‘zine (remember those?) founded by David Eggers. I bet he doesn’t remember that. I eventually got a job as a fact-checker at Parenting magazine, and then Health and Wired magazines until they let me write some articles, and then one day I became a staff reporter at Wired.com. Later I was the science editor. I spent a decade at that place! I finally left and became a Pilates instructor, launched this blog, and did lots of freelance writing. Most recently I was the San Francisco editor at Racked, a blog about fashion and retail.

Lately I’m writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, and I blog about style and luxury for Forbes. Also 7×7 and RedTri.

Some other quick work-history stats:

In 2011-2012 I was contributing science editor at Gizmodo, which was extremely fun. I wrote about miracle cancer curesevil shark fin soupFrench presses, and lots more.

At Wired I wrote about the athleticism of race car driversHeath Ledger’s overdoseIggy Poplimb regenerationcloning, stem cell research, and lots more.

I wrote about duplicity, art, fashion and design for BoingBoing.

I wrote about taking a week straight of dance classes, shopping and style bloggers at The Bold Italic.

I was the San Francisco editor for Haute Living where I wrote about Silicon Valley’s most adventurous capitalistsSilicon Valley’s women on topSan Francisco’s top chefs, and Chanel’s new San Francisco store.

Email me at kp at stylenik dot com!