Before joining JRC and DFM, I was director of community engagement for TBD.com, a local news site covering the Washington Metro Area. From 2008 to 2010, I was at Gazette Communications in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where I was editor of The Gazette and GazetteOnline and C3 Innovation Coach. I was named Editor of the Year in 2010 by Editor & Publisher.
I have spent more than 40 years in the news business, starting as a carrier for the Columbus Citizen-Journal (may it rest in peace) in Ohio in the 1960s when I was in junior high. I started writing professionally for the Evening Sentinel (also deceased) in Shenandoah, Iowa, in August 1971, when I was getting ready to start my senior year of high school. I’ve worked as a reporter, editor and writing coach for the Des Moines Register, Kansas City Star and Times, Minot Daily News and Omaha World-Herald.
I started training journalists in the 1990s and made it a full-time pursuit in 2005 when I went to work for the American Press Institute. I spent the next three years teaching and researching innovation and training journalists and newspaper executives around the world. I still like to train and teach at newsrooms, conferences, seminars and universities. I’m an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown and American universities, though not teaching anything this semester.
I have pursued my journalism career in 44 states and nine Canadian provinces as well as Ireland, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and Siberia.
You can read more in separate pages about my journalism career, my journalism training career, my journalism teaching career, disclosures about me and my consulting and training services or in my Google profile, Intersect storyline of my career, Timetoast timeline of my career, Pinterest pinboard about my career or my curriculum vita.
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