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My name is Skylar Covich, and I'm an administrator on the English Wikipedia. I have been totally blind since birth, and began editing Wikipedia at the age of 16 in 2003. My user name comes from the name of a high school TV game show I was on. I have been an administrator since 2004, and was very active until starting graduate school in 2009. throughout that time, I created about 1000 articles, on subjects including American and world politics and political history, religion, literature, music, and blindness organizations/companies. I also improved the content of many other articles on those subjects. As an administrator, I was at one time among the most active New Page patrollers, speedily deleting thousands of pages which were indisputably inappropriate. I additionally reverted vandalism, and disciplined problem users while mentoring new good contributors.

I have sporadically edited since 2009, and renewed my commitment to the free knowledge movement in 2019 when WikiBlind was founded. I and another blind admin now seek to recruit new blind editors to Wikipedia and also improve the content of articles around blindness.

I have always exclusively used the Job Access With Speech software for editing.

I earned my BA from Saint Mary's College of California in 2009 and my PH.D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017. I taught college political science courses for nearly 10 years. Currently I am building and marketing accessible technology courses for a company called Commtech USA, while discerning what's next in my career; I'm especially interested in positions involving research, outreach, communications or training/mentorship.

I live with my wife Theresa in Ventura, California. I enjoy playing and listening to music, having played piano since an early age, clarinet throughout middle and high school, and sung in my Church choir from 2016 to 2020.

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