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Merrill Perlman 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. Now, she’s a freelance editor and coaches writers and editors from high school through mid-career, at ACES, the Poynter Institute, and through her business. She’s on the ACES executive committee and the ACES Education Fund. Merrill received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the Glamann Award from ACES.