FREELANCE WRITER: 8/05-Present
Book Reviewer, San Francisco Chronicle, features for The Los Angeles Daily News, The Chicago-Sun Times, Hadassah Magazine, Moment Magazine, etc. Syndicated Singles Columnist: The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, World Jewish Digest, Detroit Jewish News.
THE JEWISH JOURNAL OF GREATER LOS ANGELES,
Religion Editor, Columnist 8/05-Present
Managing Editor 5/01–7/05
Responsible for putting out weekly community newspaper (readership: 150,000), from commissioning and editing stories to overseeing design and layout of 65+-page paper, as well as writing editorials, features, arts, news, and cover stories.
THE FORWARD, Senior Reporter 8/00–5/01
As legal/crime reporter for national Jewish weekly, produced two investigative features weekly.
FREELANCE: Researcher and Editor 8/99–8/00
Researcher for Marie Claire, Ladies’ Home Journal, AlleyCat News, FindSVP
Translator (Hebrew to English) for legal and governmental agencies.
THE JERUSALEM POST, Editor, Reporter 12/95–6/99
Jerusalem Affairs correspondent 6/98-6/99, Feature writer 6/95-6/98, Special Supplements Editor 5/95-6/98, Features Editor 9/97-11/97, Youth Magazines Editor 12/96-3/97
ISRAEL XPRESS, Partner 5/95–12/95
Co-founded Internet Company to provide Internet advertising to Israeli companies Designed site (HTML and graphics) and marketed ad service to Israeli Companies
ISRAEL EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CO., Communications Director 10/92–4/95
Part of core team to establish a duty-free Free Processing Zone (FPZ) in Israel.
ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY: MFA, Creative Writing 6/06
QUEENS COLLEGE: B.A., English Writing and Literature 6/92
Essay in The Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt, (Dutton) 8/05
Essay in Eight Nights: A Chanukah Anthology (Algonquin) 7/07
Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya, 2nd Place, Creative Non-Fiction
Judged by Philip Lopate 12/07
L.A. Press Club Awards, Honorable Mention, Columnist 6/05, 6/06
Rockower Press Club Awards, First Prize, Feature Writing 6/05, 6/04
National Jewish Book Award, “The Modern Jewish Girls’ Guide to Guilt” 2006
TEACHING: UCLA Extension, Intro to Feature Writing 9/06
Media Bistro, Writing the Personal Essay 3/07
LANGUAGES: Fluent in Hebrew
Support this site! Paypal: lukeisback at gmail.com
"Luke Ford reports all of the 'juicy' quotes, and has been doing it for years." (Marc B. Shapiro)
"This guy knows all the gossip, the ins and outs, the lashon hara of the Orthodox world. He’s an [expert] in... all the inner workings of the Orthodox world." (Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff)
"This generation's Hillel." (Nathan Cofnas)
"You are like the Howard Stern of the Alt Right." (Frame Game Radio)