Louisiana State University
Lamar Visiting Scholar, 2014 - 2015
I came to LSU in 2014 as Lamar Visiting Scholar and became Director of Student Media in May 2015.
Digital First Media
Director of Community Engagement & Social Media, 2011 - 2014
I came to the Journal Register Co. in 2011 as Director of Community Engagement. The company changed to Digital First Media and my job changed to Digital Transformation Editor. I led 75+ newsrooms in training, leadership development and culture change in pursuing stronger digital performance.
Director of Community Engagement, 2010 - 2011
I led the community engagement staff for a short-lived Washington, DC, local news startup.
American Press Institute, 2005-8
Director of Tailored Programs, 2005 - 2008
I sold and delivered API programs to news companies, press associations and journalism organizations around the world. I played key roles in the research, training and promotion of the Newspaper Next project
Omaha World-Herald, 1993-8, 2000-5
National Correspondent and Writing Coach
I worked two hitches for the World-Herald, as a reporter from 1993 to 1998 and as national correspondent and writing coach from 2000 to 2005.
Des Moines Register, 1977-85, 1998-2000
Religion Editor and Writing Coach, 1998 - 2000
I spent two hitches at the Des Moines Register, as a copy editor, assistant city editor, assistant metro/Iowa editor and reporter from 1977 to 1985, and as religion editor and writing coach from 1998 to 2000.
Minot Daily News, 1991-2
Editor, 1991 - 1992
I was editor of the Minot Daily News from 1991 to 1992
Kansas City Star and Times, 1985-91
Assistant Managing Editor/National & Mid-America, 1985 - 1991
I was assistant national/mid-America editor, national/mid-America editor, assistant managing editor/national/mid-America and agribusiness reporter.
Shenandoah (IA) Evening Sentinel, 1971-77
Magnaging Editor, 1971 - 1977
I worked for the Sentinel before and after going to college, starting as a sports writer, and serving as sports editor, news intern, news reporter, editorial page editor, and finally managing editor.
Gazette Communications, 2008-2010
Editor, 2008 - 2010
I was editor the Gazette and gazetteonline, and was named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine.