I live in San Francisco and work as the manager of the Writer Program at Bleacher Report.
I wrote a sports column for Salon off and on in the late ’90s and early ’00s, and then from 2002 to 2009. From 2003 to 2008, it was known as King Kaufman’s Sports Daily. In December 2008, hard times being what they were, I was asked to take on a new role at Salon as editor of the front page. I still wrote the sports column/blog as often as I could for a while, but ended it in April 2009 and devoted full time to my editing duties and trying to invent the future of journalism. I left Salon after 14 years in January 2011.
Before joining Salon in 1997, I worked at the old San Francisco Examiner from 1989 to 1996, where I was the boxing writer, among other duties. I then spent almost a year at an ill-advised and poorly run attempt to compete with Yahoo called NetGuide Live. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended the University of California-Santa Cruz, then Berkeley, where I graduated and also got a master’s degree in journalism.
I have also had a parallel life as a musician, which I don’t feel like getting into right now.
The sports column made me so damn famous there’s a Wikipedia entry about me, which isn’t written the way I’d write my own encyclopedia entry — use of phrases such as “greatest writer since Shakespeare,” “unbelievably entertaining prose” and “devilishly handsome” is a bit sparse for my taste — but it’s reasonably accurate as a broad outline and helpfully points out that I am not Matthew “King” Kaufman, who is a record producer who founded Beserkeley Records. Not noted by Wikipedia: I am also not filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman, who founded Troma Entertainment, which made “The Toxic Avenger” among many other schlock classics, and about whom there is a documentary called “King Kaufman: The Passion of Lloyd.” The entry is evidently in need of some citations at the moment.