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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   

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, 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 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, 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 (

  • 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.






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