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Dr. Rich Swier
Worked at Watchdog Wire - Florida
Attended University of Southern California
Lives in Sarasota, FL
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  • Watchdog Wire - Florida
    Editor 2012-2013, 2013
  • Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
    Citizen Journalist, 2013
  • Dr. Rich Swier e-Magazine
    Publisher, 2014
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Sarasota, FL
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I am a citizen journalist and Publisher of is the go-to site for news and views you will not see in your local paper or on TV.

Dr. Richard M. Swier, Ed. D., LTC, US Army (Ret.)

Richard holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, a Master's Degree in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Richard is a 23-year Army veteran who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his years of service. Additionally, he was awarded two Bronze Stars with “V” for Heroism in ground combat, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Richard was the Founder/CEO of Sarasota Online, a high technology company that was sold to Comcast Cable in 1996. He helped start Backsoft Corporation an enterprise software development company in 1997 whose clients included Coca-Cola, Anheuser- Busch, Hyundai Electronics, Volkswagen, Moen and Goodyear. Backsoft was sold in 2001.

Richard twice chaired the Sarasota Better Business Council, sat on the Board of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and served from 2000 to 2009 on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 

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I have survived being a blogger, radio talk show host, father, grandfather, citizen watchdog, Editor and now Publisher of my own e-Magazine.
  • University of Southern California
    Education, 1986 - 1990
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