A graduate of Brookes University, Oxford, with a BA in History & Politics, Keir Knight began his career as a journalist working for the UK national newspapers The Sunday Mirror and The Sunday Express. After moving to the US in 1994 he continued to freelance for a variety of UK publications including The Times and The News of the World before establishing Plain English Writing & Design.

He served on the Board of Trustees for the Carroll County Public Library from 2005-15; is a member of the Woodbine – Mt Airy Rec Council; is a graduate (and class valedictorian) of Leadership Carroll, Class of 2010; and volunteers for the Mount Airy Main Street Association.

He served as chair of the Greater Mt Airy Chamber of Commerce Advertising & Marketing Committee from 2002 to 2007 – a period in which membership grew from 35 to 369 – and was the founding editor of the The Mount Airy Phone Book.