Marke Bieschke

Marke Bieschke

Editor, Writer, Publisher


10+ years' experience editing print publications in all areas, with two years' experience in publishing position. Specialties include arts and culture coverage, newsroom management, and special issues and supplements, working closely with sales teams to develop projects that broaden readership and hold community attention while expanding revenue opportunities.

17+ years' experience editing, managing, and developing all aspects of high-traffic Web publications. Seven years' experience strategizing and executing social media-specific campaigns and outreach, including daily newsletters and user-generated content.

22+ years' experience writing about arts, culture, music, nightlife, travel, food, politics, and queer and local community issues, with a focus on the Bay Area but extending globally. Achievements include several high-profile press and journalism awards; two Best American Music Writing citations; an internationally respected nightlife column, Super Ego, and a Lambda Award-nominated young adult book (Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens, 2011) recommended by the American Library Association.

Marke has been featured in the New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, SF Chronicle, Vice, NPR, The Guardian, The Advocate, XLR8R, SF Weekly, the Bay Area Reporter, the Washington Blade, and local affiliates of CBS, NBC, ABC, and PBS.


Executive Editor, Publisher at SF Bay Guardian

2004 - 2012

Promoted over 10 years' employment from senior culture and Web editor to managing editor, editor-in-chief, and finally executive editor with publisher duties. Involved in all aspects of the 48-year-old alternative weekly publication, including editorial-sales synergy, long-term editorial and promotions strategies, community involvement initiatives, complete Web and paper redesigns, social media and newsletter outreach, marketing integration, events planning, staff management, and hiring/firing. Distribution: 65k weekly, web 500k monthly, combined social media reach 200k.

Editor, PlanetOut Partners

2002 - 2005

Managed editorial operations for SF-based, 10mil users-per-week Web company (sites:, with focus on politics, news, music, culture, and health and dating features as well as vertical development including sports and fitness, entertainment guides, and other editorial/sales initiatives. Managed content oversight during IPO process and developed unique newsletters and community outreach marketing initiatives (including a print publication and community events).

Bay Area Editor at Citysearch

1998 - 2002

Oversaw content strategy and execution for the first large-scale online city guide, including implementation of user reviews, Best of Citysearch creation, content redesigns, newsletter generation, and content creation in all categories, including news, arts, dining, music, and nightlife.