Nick Keppler, Freelance Writer and Editor


My name is Nick Keppler. I am a Pittsburgh-based freelance journalist, writer and editor.

I like the difficult stories, the ones that make me pore over studies, talk about subjects that make people uncomfortable, and explain concepts that have taken years to develop. I’ve written extensively about psychology, healthcare, and public policy — for national publications and for ones based in Pittsburgh. Sometimes, I take a break from all that and describe what goes into a clown’s insurance policy or attend an auction of haunted house props.

I have written for Vice, Slate, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Reuters, The Gizmodo Media Group, The Financial Times, Men’s Health, Mental Floss, The Village Voice and AlterNet and a slew of Pittsburgh publications. My journalistic heroes include Jon Ronson, Jon Krakauer and Norah Vincent.

Before I went freelance, I was an editor at the Houston Press (which is now a scarcely staffed, online-only publication) and at the Fairfield County Weekly (which is defunct — I guess you can see why I opted for self-employment).

In addition to journalism, I have done a variety of writing, editing and promotional development for businesses and universities, including the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and individuals who needed help with writing projects.

If you think I would be a good fit for your project or publication, let’s talk! Also, if you have a tip or some information concerning a subject I cover or something I’ve written about in the past, please send me an email at

Thanks for stopping by!