Dynamic Internet innovator and architect of award-winning websites. Marketing expert practiced in growing earned media and social media exposure. Versatile editor, manager and journalist with skills honed during three-decade career as newsroom executive, foreign correspondent and national correspondent. Proven recruiter of diverse, highly talented employees. Experienced internationalist with on-the-ground knowledge of more than 70 countries around the world.



Miller Center of Public Affairs (University of Virginia)

  Director of Communications, 2015-Present (Charlottesville, VA)

Lafayette Journal & Courier

  Executive Editor, 2013-2015 (Lafayette, IN)

Stars and Stripes

  Senior Managing Editor, 2009-2013 (Washington, DC)

Chicago Tribune

  Houston Bureau Chief, 2003-2009

  Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, 2001-2003

  Associate Managing Editor/Interactive News, 1997-99

  Chief of Correspondents, 1996

  Los Angeles Bureau Chief, 1995

  Moscow Correspondent, 1992-94

  Africa Correspondent, 1990-91

  Canada Correspondent, 1987-89   

  Midwest Correspondent, 1986 

  General Assignment Reporter, 1982-85 

Washington City Paper

  Editor-in-Chief, 2000-2001 (Washington, DC)


  Chief Operating Officer, 2000 (New York, NY)

Inspiring Manager

  • Supervise Miller Center communications staff of 11 responsible for web, video and print products.

  • Directed more than 50 journalists at the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Muncie Star Press and Richmond Palladium-Item providing award-winning online, mobile and print coverage of three Indiana communities.

  • Led 100-person Stars and Stripes editorial staff producing independent daily newspaper and Internet products for U.S. service members overseas. Reinvigorated news coverage, leading to a Polk Award and a National Headliner Award for Public Service.

  • Restructured four editorial departments to reduce expenses while simultaneously increasing productivity and awarding incentive raises to top employees.

  • Overhauled employee performance evaluation systems to emphasize fairness, consistency, clear expectations and actionable feedback.

  • Supervised staff of 20 Chicago Tribune foreign and national correspondents.

  • Led and developed staff of 65 employees who designed and produced Chicago Tribune websites.

  • Mentored writers and editors at Washington City Paper alternative weekly while expanding staff diversity.


Internet Innovator

  • Led comprehensive redesign of millercenter.org, third-largest U.S. think tank website (5.2m uniques/year).

  • Doubled year-over-year earned media appearances for Miller Center experts (valued at $2.4 million/month).

  • Directed geometric growth on Miller Center social media channels (10x increase in Facebook “likes” and reach)

  • Created and taught new metrics-driven analytical approach to journalistic decision-making in Gannett newsrooms across the country.

  • Charted new Internet growth strategy for Stars and Stripes and led redesign of stripes.com website, positioning it as a curated gateway for military news updated 24/7 by editors around the world.

  • Forged new social media relationships that demonstrated how mainstream journalists and bloggers could enhance each other's work, leading to viral distribution of my stories to huge new audiences.

  • Managed the Chicago Tribune's early forays onto the web, pioneering a bold front-page web design in 1998 that today is a news industry design standard.

  • Guided content strategies for MinorityInterest.com, a start-up targeted at underserved American audiences.


Groundbreaking Journalist

  • Winner, 2017 Best in Class/Education Website, Interactive Media Council

  • Winner, 2017 Best General Education Website, Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (millercenter.org)

  • Winner, 2014 Society of Professional Journalists-Indiana/Story of the Year (Journal & Courier)

  • Winner, 2014 Best of Gannett/Public Service (Journal & Courier)

  • Winner, 2014 APME-Indiana/First Amendment-Community Affairs (Journal & Courier)

  • Winner, 2014 Hoosier State Press Association/Best News Coverage (Journal & Courier)

  • Winner, 2013 Society of Professional Journalists-Indiana/Non-deadline Series (Journal & Courier)

  • Winner, 2013 Best of Gannett/Planned Content (Journal & Courier)

  • Winner, 2010 Military Reporters & Editors Award (Stars and Stripes)

  • Winner, 2009 Polk Award/Military Reporting (Stars and Stripes)

  • Winner, 2009 National Headliner Award/Public Service (Stars and Stripes)

  • Finalist, 2008 Pulitzer Prize/National Reporting

  • Winner, 2008 Taylor Family Award for Fairness, Nieman Foundation at Harvard University

  • Winner, 2008 American Judicature Society Toni House Journalism Award

  • Winner, 2008 Chicago Bar Association Herman Kogan Media Award

Public Journalism Network interview
On the differences between the black and white blogging worlds.






O'Reilly Factor interview
On the Jena 6 fundraising scandal.










CNN interview

On the police shooting of an elderly black man in Homer, La.




PBS Newshour interview
On the Sept., 2007, march in Jena, La.


Chicago Tribune
Howard Witt's story collection.