Before coming to Astronomy
as the managing editor in 2012, Ron was the senior editor of The Writer
for 11 years. His many duties there included planning
issues, evaluating queries, working with writers, editing copy, and
“scouting” and speaking at writing conferences. He has done in-depth
interview articles with many leading authors, including David
McCullough, Gay Talese, Anne Lamott, Julia Glass, and Jimmy Carter.
Kovach came to The Writer
2001; before that he was in newspapers for 24 years in a variety of
roles, including reporter, copy editor, assistant metro editor, and
features editor. His newspaper work included a dozen years at the Milwaukee Journal
and later Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
At various times he has been an active freelance writer, with articles in The Washington Post
, Philadelphia Inquirer
, and other publications, and he has written extensively about jazz and books.
has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a
master’s degree in history from Cleveland State University.
lives with his wife, Christine, in the Bay View section of Milwaukee,
and they have two grown children. A longtime professional musician, he
plays Hammond B-3 organ and electric piano with a variety of blues,
R&B, and jazz musicians. He is also a voracious reader, sometime
chef, and devoted cat-lover.