freelance writing and editing
After graduating from the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Mandy Erickson interned for a summer with the San Francisco bureau of The New York Times, assisting the staff reporters on campaign stories, features, and breaking news. She then took a six-month internship with the now-defunct Daily Ledger-Post Dispatch in Antioch, California, where she covered education from kindergarten through community college and the local hospital.
In 1991, Mandy took a job at the Tri-Valley Herald in Pleasanton, California. She covered mostly city council news, but also wrote about water issues, migrant farm workers, and racial tensions in the local high school. After two years, she switched to the copy desk, copyediting local and national stories and writing headlines. The Herald soon after merged with The Oakland Tribune, and Mandy became the copy editor of the newspaper chain’s business pages.
Mandy moved to Wired magazine in 1994, where she worked as a copyeditor and eventually ran the copy desk. She also wrote articles. She left Wired in 1997 to strike out on her own.
Mandy began her college career at the University of Pennsylvania, but grew homesick for California and transferred to U.C. Berkeley, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in 1987. She returned to Berkeley for the Graduate School of Journalism, where she earned her master’s in 1990.
The San Francisco Chronicle food section, to which Mandy contributed regularly, frequently wins best section awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the James Beard Foundation. Mandy’s restaurant reviews earned the Mountain View Voice a first place award in commentary and criticism from the California Newspapers Publishers Association in July 2005. Mandy won third place from the Contra Costa Press Club in May 1992 for team reporting on a story about a man with a broken water pipe.
During her first year at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, in 1988, Mandy earned the Reader’s Digest Excellence in Journalism Scholarship, which was awarded to the three students who showed the best writing and reporting skills.