Janet Wiscombe : Independent Journalist | Writer | Editor



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With a philosopher's eye for what matters and an artist's insight into how to put that into words, Janet Wiscombe writes about people and contemporary culture. For the past 25 years, she has brought diligence and grace to hard-to-get stories--whether an in-depth series on the Cambodian refugee community or an investigation of teenagers who play sex games.

She also has held the position of managing editor of Workforce Management, where she worked from 1999 to 2006, shepherding and writing business stories on leadership and innovation, corporate governance, compensation, hiring and retention, ethics, gender, and diversity. Her expertise includes women in management, hiring and training employees in China, managing people at corporations like Intel, Wal-Mart, and Toyota.

Janet Wiscombe interviewing Jimmy Carter
Janet Wiscombe interviews Jimmy Carter at Habitat for Humanity site in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Suzette Van Blyevelt

She is noted for putting a human face on complex subjects and for her ability to write with authority and heart. Her expertise includes world cultures and subcultures, religion, the arts and entertainment, travel, relationships, and the family.

Her journalism credentials include working as a staff writer at the Denver Post and the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and as a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Her stories have appeared in several publications including Denver Magazine, New Age, and the Miami Herald.

Janet Wiscombe's honors include two Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards for best single issue (2003, 2004) as managing editor at Workforce Management, and more than a dozen feature writing awards including best feature from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, first place feature award Best in the West contest, top honors from the California Associated Press New Executives Council, feature story of the year, Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters.

Janet Wiscombe is available to conduct writing seminars and to speak on topics ranging from researching and interviewing, to the free press and the future of journalism. She has been a guest speaker at the University of Colorado's School of Journalism and the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California.

Janet Wiscombe

Janet Wiscombe is a Californian who has traveled extensively and has lived in Seoul, Korea, and Hong Kong. She has a bachelor's of science degree with honors in journalism from the University of Colorado. She is married and lives in San Rafael, California, and is the mother of two children and two stepchildren.