|About Ed Varallo
Ed Varallo comes from a family of court reporters and began his career
straight out of high school. In 1965, on his 19th birthday, he became
the youngest person ever to pass the Certificate of Merit exam (now the
RMR). Best known for his speed contest accomplishments (a perfect score
on the 280 Q&A in 1975, the first-ever perfect score in a national
speed contest) he has six times been NCRA's National Speed
Champion, winning three years consecutively, 1974-76, ten years later
again in 1996, and again in 2006 -- a unique speed contest
Ed began his career as a freelancer in Philadelphia. After
three years as an official reporter in the Court of Chancery
in Wilmington, Delaware in the early '70s, he opened a freelance
firm in that city which
he ran until coming to Boston in 1988, where he is today.
Ed got his first CAT system in 1978 and reported his first
realtime assignment in 1983. Over the past three decades
he has addressed reporters at national and state association
seminars on the topics of
writing for CAT, speedbuilding, CART, and writing realtime,
and is the author of The Realtime Writer’s Manual (pub. 1992),
as well as numerous articles for the JCR (Journal of Court Reporting),
publication of the National Court Reporters Association.
He became a CRR (Certified Realtime Reporter) in 1994.
In the 1990s Ed actively promoted CART (communications access
realtime) for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. He was a CART
provider and helped raise awareness of this new field as
a frequent instructor in CART trainings for court reporters.
He was part of the
the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
in the development of its first-in-the-nation CART program.
In 1995 the Association of Late-Deafened Adults presented
Ed its ALDA Angel Award.
Ed has been a Fellow of NCRA's Academy of Professional Reporters
(FAPR) since 1976, and was the recipient of the 1994 Distinguished
Service Award of the Massachusetts Court Reporters Association.
last speed contest win, in 2006, The Boston Globe interviewed
Ed and called him “the Michael Jordan of court reporting.”
In 2007 Ed was chosen by NCRA for its highest honor, the
Distinguished Service Award.
J. Edward Varallo, RMR, CRR, FAPR