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RESUME

SUMMARY

Dynamic Internet innovator and architect of award-winning websites. 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 in the Americas, Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Professional experience

The Miller Center for Public Affairs (University of Virginia)

  Managing Editor & Director of Communications, 10/2015-Present (Charlottesville, VA)

Lafayette Journal & Courier

  Executive Editor, 6/2013-9/2015 (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 U.S. Correspondent, 1986

  General Assignment Reporter, 1982-85

Washington City Paper

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

MinorityInterest.com

  Chief Operating Officer, 2000 (New York, NY)

SKILLS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Inspiring Manager

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

n 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.

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

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

§ Supervised staff of 20 Chicago Tribune foreign and national correspondents, directing and editing coverage of world and national news.

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

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

 

Internet Innovator

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

§ Charted new Internet growth and revenue 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.

§ Directed 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.

§ Led management and implementation of technology and content strategies for MinorityInterest.com, a start-up targeted at underserved American audiences.

 

Groundbreaking Journalist

n Created new national civil rights beat at the Chicago Tribune.

n Uncovered stories that led to a $9 million court award for the victim of a racial beating, the release from prison of a 14-year-old girl and the largest American civil rights demonstration in a generation.

n Won five national journalism awards.

n Chronicled historic events including the Oklahoma City bombing, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the end of apartheid in South Africa, Hurricane Katrina and the election of President Barack Obama.

Education                          

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.A., Magna Cum Laude, English Language & Literature

Languages

Russian, German

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

§ Member, Regional Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, Washington, DC

§ Weekly volunteer, Brooklyn Navy Yard Boys & Girls Club, New York

§ Weekly volunteer, Robert R. McCormick Boys & Girls Club, Chicago

Awards received

§ 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