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Tim Akimoff
Works at WBEZ Chicago
Attended University of Oregon
Lives in Chicago, Illinois
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I love playing catch. I love the slap of a leather ball into a leather mitt, especially early in the spring, when things haven't loosened up, but you can see the promise of it all hidden just beneath the surface. There is no more amazing vantage point to watch your sons grow up than in the progression of a game of catch from year to year. - http://killingernest.com/a-good-kind-of-pain/
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Did my first live storytelling event last month. It was a blast. And now it's available for posting. If you like cold weather stories about Alaska and wild animals, this might be for you. - https://soundcloud.com/chirpradio/first-time-first-chance-tim-akimoff
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Some people are choosing to dress more modestly in light of the many issues that revolve around men and a culture of sexism in the United States. But is that really the answer? - http://killingernest.com/does-modesty-really-make-men-behave-better/
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I used to love this MXPX song, "Teenage Politics." Back when there was a lot of angst and frustration in the world's general direction. Now I get to watch my kids walk through the same scenarios. But they're actually really good at it. - http://killingernest.com/family-politics/
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Let your children walk to or from the park alone. Let them stay home alone. They need this freedom to learn how to make good decisions. 

http://killingernest.com/pervasive-fear-and-loathing-in-the-suburbs-leaving-your-children-home-alone/
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 I was hesitant to enter this fray. There is too little wiggle room, today, in the distance between freedom of speech and hate speech to effectively define boundaries for either.
But if we're going to look at the Charlie Hebdo tragedy through the lens of sensibility, I think we owe it to ourselves to try and understand a little more about the role of satire in our society and globally, where ideas are not as free to travel.

 - http://killingernest.com/charlie-is-us/
Charlie Brown. I spent one summer working in a print shop in Santa Rosa, California. My cousins owned the shop in partnership with my uncle, and they were gracious enough to host me for the summer and allow me to make a little money while attempting to learn the family trade.
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Where trees bend to look over at their own reflection in the water. 
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What is breakup? Well, I’m not talking about romance at all, so remove that association from your mind. It’s a type of s…
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I made goat curry last night. Perhaps the last great curry. Of course, you can't judge that unless you've had it yourself. Go ahead and try it. - http://killingernest.com/eating-fiji-they-killed-a-goat-for-me/
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Yes, I have another reason to hate the month of January. But January is good for one thing. Hope. - http://killingernest.com/the-lucky-hat/
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Things that will make me nervous in 2015. Reading a story in front of a live audience. - http://firsttime.chirpradio.org/
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Journalist
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Blogging, video, editing, audio, podcast, SEO, reporting, multimedia, analytics, data
Employment
  • WBEZ Chicago
    Director of Digital, 2012 - present
    I manage a team of six talented web producers who create, edit and curate digital content for WBEZ.org. I oversee a variety of social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, Pinterest and Tumblr. My team and I doubled our audience on social our social networks in two years. I hired a data reporter and podcast producer to support our station’s mission to create more diverse, compelling stories. I oversee Curious City, a citizen-driven news-gathering experiment and podcast. I designed a lightweight CMS and workflow for our Midday talk shows using Storify, which allows them to capture online and on-air conversations with our audience simultaneously. And I am extending WBEZ’s podcast network, creating a diversity of hosts and topics in shows like Chewing the Fat, Pleasure Town, Nerdette, Strange Brews, Tech Shift and Homemade Stories. And I’m a co-host on the first public radio craft beer podcast, Strange Brews.
  • Channel 2 KTUU
    Director of Digital Content, 10 - 2012
    I managed a team of six web producers and all the digital operations of KTUU.Com, the web site of KTUU Channel 2, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska. I rebuilt GoToAk.com, a recreation site, and I created SpeakUpAlaska.com, a citizen-journalism project focusing on rural Alaska. I served on the management team and conducted building-wide training in new media, analytics, reporting for web, editing, social media strategy and community outreach. I doubled the social media audience for the station and grew the mobile app from 10,000 monthly visitors to more than 1.2 million monthly visitors in one year.
  • The Missoulian
    Web Reporter/Digital Manger, 2007 - 2010
    I managed Missoulian.Com and Missoula.Com and all digital projects for the Missoulian newspaper, including newsroom online projects and digital sales campaigns. I served on the management team and worked as a trainer in new technology, video, sound production, social networking and blogging. I managed a CMS conversion and early versions of a mobile app for high school and university sports. I also created the award-winning beer blog GrizzlyGrowler.com.
  • Statesman Journal
    Reporter/Mobile Journalist, 2005 - 2007
    I was the reporter covering Marion County and the city of Keizer. I started early social media communities, including MySpace and Twitter for the newspaper and created Will Blog For Beer, a blog dedicated to the growing craft beer industry in the Northwest. I helped build the first video program for the Statesman Journal and covered a variety of topics, including health care, state politics and county and city government.
  • The Oregonian
    Reporter, 2005 - 2005
    I worked as a general assignment reporter covering breaking news, Clackamas County and Oregon City as well as features and community stories. I was one of the first reporters to post stories directly to the web site.
  • The Kyiv Post
    Reporter, 2004 - 2004
    I covered national and international politics, business, culture and arts as well as reported on the presidential race that led up to the Orange Revolution.
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Chicago, Illinois
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Anchorage, Alaska - Richenau an der Rax, Austria - Salem, Oregon - Missoula, Montana - Honolulu, Hawaii
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312-948-4764
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848 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611
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Being a reporter is as much a diagnosis as a job description. ~Anna Quindlen
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Six-years-ago I left journalism school hoping to become a bureau chief for the New York Times. I started out as a city reporter at a newspaper, became a county reporter, a mobile journalist, a videographer, a web reporter, a digital manager, and the director of digital content at a television station in Anchorage, Alaska. Recently I moved to the Second City, AKA Chicago, where I'm the digital content editor at WBEZ Chicago. Life doesn't always play in a straight line, but if you take it for what it's worth, it will be the ride of your life. 
Bragging rights
Cole, Carson and Gabrielle. I was kissed by Pope John Paul II. And I've traveled to more-than 50 countries.
Education
  • University of Oregon
    Journalism, 2003 - 2005
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I'm not a big fan of dental work. I'm claustrophobic, and I had some bad experiences with dental care in Eastern Europe when I was a kid, so I'm a little PTSD in a dental chair. A Plus Endodontics Inc was a last-minute referral from my regular dentist, so I didn't get much time to research. What I found was a very friendly, helpful staff, and one of the fastest root canals I've ever had, which means a lot to me. Fuwad Al-Sabek DMD is very quick and very thorough. He's not overly chatty, and he gets right at the business of getting you in and out with as little difficulty as possible. I don't think it's possible to enjoy a root canal, but if I have to have another one, I would certainly try and get an appointment at A Plus Endotontics Inc. They don't call them specialists for nothing, and it was no more on my insurance than it would have cost me to have it done at my regular dentist. Just remember to keep your mouth open as wide as possible during the procedure. It helps make things go just a little bit faster.
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