Lourdes Venard is an independent editor and editorial consultant with more than 30 years of writing, editing, design and project management experience. She has worked as a reporter, copyeditor and copy desk supervisor at major newspapers, including The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Newsday.
Venard works as an independent editor for travel and online food websites. She also runs her own editorial business, Comma Sense Editing, working with publishers and individual authors. She has been a UC San Diego Extension instructor since 2012 and she is the lead instructor for the Copyediting Certificate Program. She teaches Copyediting I, Copyediting II, Copyediting III, and The Business of Copyediting. Venard holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor's in communications from the University of Miami.