A 25-year veteran of the media industry whose ideas, passion and leadership have helped media organizations gain respect, acclaim and - most importantly - readers throughout my career.
2006 - Present
Senior Editor, Content & Presentation
Art direct, design and edit for the nation's ninth-largest daily newspaper. I am responsible for driving the content and presentation that makes up the most important page of the Chicago Sun-Times – Page One.
- Content development and coordination – I communicate with the other top editors in the newsroom to develop a page that contains: Emotion, Humor, Attitude and Power of Presentation.
- News Judgment – I continually search through available resources (internet, television, radio, newspapers) to find stories that we may not have and develop them into our own.
- Page development – I select the photo, write the headline and refer copy for page 1.
2001 - 2006
Deputy Managing Editor/Design
Responsible for the design and implementation of new projects for 40,000 daily newspaper. Through my hyper-local content initiatives, the paper gained circulation every year I was on staff. Among those initiatives were:
- The creation of GRIDIRON – a high school football supplement to the daily sports section. Developed this publication from an idea – to a 12-page media kit for advertisers – to printed product within one month. The section contained feature stories, game previews, columnists, profiles of past players and in-depth statistics. Brought a new-age advertising mindset that developed built-in sponsorship ideas on pages which generated revenue through local advertisers. Contributed to the promotion of this product through local media outside of the newspaper. Responsible for the visual presentation of the entire section - which included accompanying photographer on location for art direction of cover photo shoots.
- Zoning of the news section – Redesigned the news section with the idea specialized placement of zoned, local stories. This idea lead to the zoning of the newspaper across 6 different areas. Circulation in all areas increased as a result.
Management duties included:
- Staff management – Responsible for scheduling and delegation of duties for 5-person copy desk staff.
- Content management – Responsible for the slotting and story placement of news section.
- Design Editor – Responsible for the quality of visual presentation for the entire newspaper.
2000 - 2001
Contributor to award-winning redesign of Nevada's largest newspaper (175,000 circulation). Helped implement concept of sports specialty pages. Duties included:
- Designing Page 1
- Designing and art directing the sports cover and sports specialty pages
- Designing the entertainment cover and In Depth packages.
1996 - 2000
Contributor to the redesign of four northern Illinois daily newspapers with a combined circulation of 120,000. Among my many responsibilities in the central design operation were:
- Features Design Editor – Supervisor of three-person staff. Responsible for maintaining the quality of design and production of features sections. Duties included designing as many as 25 broadsheet pages daily, scheduling of staff, art direction and facilitating of content with designers and section editors.
- News Design Editor – Responsible for the daily news section design for any of the four suburban Chicago titles. Designed as many as 12 broadsheet pages daily.
1995 - 1996
- Designed A1, A3 and Sports cover daily on deadline. Major contributor to content decisions for pages. Also designed Business and local feature covers off deadline.
- My work earned the paper its first award of excellence from the Society of News Design.
1989 - 1995
Sports Desk Staff
Key contributor to team that produced Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 daily section (under 50,000). Among my many responsibilities during my time on staff were:
- Lead Designer – Responsible for the art direction and design for the entire sports section.
- Writer – Responsible for coverage of prep sports including game stories, players of the year and all-area selections. Also, my passion for boxing brought interviews and stories with the sport's biggest stars to our readers.
- Slot Editor – Responsible for the budgeting of stories and assignment of high school sports coverage.
President Obama's first day in the White House.
Sun-Times exposes pollution at the state's most visited park.
Obama publicly denounces his former pastor.
Hillary Clinton is still in the hunt after Super Tuesday.
Chicago is plagued by an inadequate public transit system. This front page called them out.
Obama wraps up the democratic nomination. We packaged this with the other major news in the city - the removal of a controversial priest from his church.
Amazing surveillance footage from an armed robbery. This page gave readers time to examine and study a terrifying event.
In a move out of left field, Gov. Blagojevich appoints Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama's vacant seat in the US senate.
Obama accepts the democratic nomination 45 years to the day of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. This presentation wrapped the paper. Keepsake posters were made afterward.
This page declaring Barack Obama's presidential victory has been recognized by many as the best front page from that historic event. Find out the story behind it by watching the Oprah video at the top of the page.
The Bushes invite the Obamas to the White House one week after the election.
The paper details Obama's broad family roots. The silhouette image helps display the different backgrounds that make up this impressive man.
Unconventional approach using Jack Higgins' brilliant editorial cartoon featuring shoes being thrown at Rod Blagojevich. This cartoon captured the mood of the city better than anything else.
One year earlier, we profiled a baby on page one in desperate need of a heart transplant. This page followed up on his miraculous survival.
My first front page for the Chicago Sun-Times in 2006.
Despite the Bears' loss in the Super Bowl, we still found a way to commemorate a remarkable season with this wrap-around poster page.
Cover from the arrest of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
Screen grab gives readers a rare look into a Chicago police interrogation.
Great public outrage story that saw all of Chicago's 50 aldermen receiving an opportunity to acquire Cubs playoff tickets. The toughest tickets in town? Not for these politicians.
On the day Michael Vick made his first court appearance on dog fighting charges, I found this story of two dogs rescued from a life of fighting and misery from one of our sister papers.