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About TheImproper

TheImproper is a cutting edge pop culture, arts, entertainment and lifestyle Web magazine based in New York City. It publishes indepth features, daily breaking news, opinion and gossip, dining reviews, and listings for the city’s best events. Coverage focuses on theater, film, celebrities, music, art and lifestyle issues. The Improper Online was launched in April 2006.

About TheImproper’s name.

Gentlemen and ladies were once known to be “proper” if they went to the theater and went home without ever associating with artists. Anyone who took a deeper interest in the arts, theater and music was considered “improper.” Thus, TheImproper is dedicated to those who pioneered a deep and abiding love of art, music, theater, film and fashion. Many of our most cherished values also were once considered “improper.” So we’re also dedicated to providing a forum for all expressions to make sure the door to new ideas is never closed.

About Keith Girard

Keith Girard 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor-in-chief, and senior media executive. Keith’s career began in Washington, D.C., where he was a reporter for The Washington Post and worked as a contributing editor for Regardie’s, a regional business magazine, and Washingtonian magazine.

In 1992, he became editor-in-chief of The Daily Record, a six-day business and legal newspaper published statewide in Maryland and editor of its sister publication, Warfield’s Business Record, a weekly newspaper. In its third year of publication, Warfield’s was named the best regional business newspaper in the United States by the Association of Area Business Publications (AABP), a national trade group that represents 68 newspapers. In 1996, he merged Warfield’s into The Daily Record to become part of its expanded weekend edition. The following year, the AABP named The Daily Record the best business publication in the United States.

In all, the paper won more than 60 editorial awards under his tenure from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Associated Press, and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) for reporting, editorial writing, graphics and layout, and design. Through his work at The Daily Record, Girard gained a reputation for turning around publications and was recruited by Crain to take over InvestmentNews at a critical time 18 months after the newspaper’s launch.

Because of his success at InvestmentNews, he attracted the attention of VNU Business Media and was offered the role of editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine. As editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine, Keith oversaw a global staff with five bureaus in the United States and one in the United Kingdom. In just one year, he engineered a complete overhaul of the newspaper and led the paper through a strategic redirection that included two staff reorganizations, expanded coverage, the opening of a San Francisco bureau to cover digital music, the launch of a new Web site and Billboard’s first e-newsletters and a major industry event focused on touring.

In his own reporting career, Keith has won nearly two dozen journalism awards for feature writing, general reporting, investigative reporting, editorial writing, headlines, and publication layout and design. He has written one book, on the role of the Marines in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. In 1982, he was named one of the 100 future leaders of Washington, D.C., by Washingtonian magazine.

Editor & Publisher
Keith Girard
Associate Editor
Debra Thomas

Writer at Large
Globetrotter Dogma – Bruce Northam

Contributing Editors & Photographers
Matt Kindelmann
Beatrice Bugnosen
David Salidor
James Edstrom
Fashion – Esther Nash
Shrink Rap – James Kreibel
Gastronomique – Sarah Ricard
Real Life Designing – Lyn Peterson
Looking Askance – Keith Girard

DMCA Compliance

TheImproper is fully compliant with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If material is posted on this site on which you believe you hold a copyright, please contact us immediately and accept our assurance and our apologies that the material was posted in error without knowledge of the said copyright and will be removed immediately upon notification in accordance with Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(1) also known as the Safe Harbor provision of the Act. Contact: Keith Girard at, or by calling 646-246-4477.