Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and foundations, journalism organizations and writers and editors, helping them to communicate with clarity. She spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all 150-plus copy editors at The Times. She is also a freelance editor of books, long-form journalism and other informational content.
Before going to The Times, she was a copy editor and assistant business editor at The Des Moines Register. Before that, she was a reporter and copy editor at The Southern Illinoisan newspaper. She has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a master of arts in mass communication from Drake University.