Freelance journalist. @nytimes, @hechingerreport, @Publici. Lapsed Oaklander and Oaxaqueño. Pit bull dad. Husband to @jennkho. matt(at)mattkrupnick dot com.

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Matt Krupnick has been a full-time professional journalist for more than 15 years, most of that time spent at newspapers in California. Recently, he spent nine months living in and reporting from Oaxaca, Mexico, and now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, dog, two cats and snake. He occasiona...

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What was your first job as a journalist?

During summer breaks from college, I worked full-time for the Chino Champion, a venerable weekly newspaper in what was then a dairy area.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes, many times as a kid.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

An email clearly explaining why the item is newsworthy to general readers is always helpful. Avoid pitching products or companies.