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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.

Work experience

2006Present

Senior Editor, Content & Presentation

Chicago Sun-Times

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 manage a team of designers, while also collaborating with fellow 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 One that draws readers and maintain's the paper's unique identity.
  • Revenue-generating initiatives – To create ad revenue from premium clients, I created the Sun-Times' process for offering commemorative poster inserts and special front-page reprints for events like the 2016 Chicago Cubs Playoffs and World Series win.
20012006

Deputy Managing Editor/Design

The Herald News

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. 
  • 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.
20002001

Lead Designer

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Contributor to award-winning redesign of Nevada's largest newspaper (175,000 circulation). Helped implement concept of sports specialty pages. Duties included:

  • Designing Page One
  • Designing and art directing the sports cover and sports specialty pages
  • Designing the entertainment cover and In-Depth packages.
19962000

Design Editor

Copley Newspapers

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.
19951996

Lead Designer

The Herald News
  • 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.
19891995

Sports Desk Staff

The Beacon-News

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.

Honors

  • Invited as featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss Chicago Sun-Times front pages for the election of President Barack Obama.
  • Chicago Sun-Times front page for 2017 Solar Eclipse chosen to be featured on Jeopardy.
  • My work has been recognized as Best in Design by the following organizations:
    • Associated Press
    • Illinois Press Association
    • Society of News Design
    • Newseum Daily Top 10
    • Peter Lisagor Award, Chicago Headline Club

 

My Portfolio

News judgment

Sometimes national crime stories come out of small towns, such as the case of Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson. In 2007, his story was not receiving front-page treatment anywhere, but I recognized the potential national interest in this case. The resulting Chicago Sun-Times coverage led the nationwide conversation on the murder for which Peterson was later convicted. Following this, his crime as also highlighted in best-selling books like "Fatal Vows" and the Lifetime Network movie "Untouchable."

In the ring

I have translated my passion for boxing and design into freelance art direction for some of the biggest events in the sport. These images were featured in posters and programs to publicize bouts for boxing legends like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

Skills

Adobe CS

Advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite, specializing in InDesign and Photoshop.

WordPress

Proficient in this web content management system.

References

Jim Kirk

Senior Vice President, Tronc, Inc.

Chris De Luca

Chicago Sun-Times Deputy Managing Editor, News & Sports

Dan Haar

Breaking News Editor, Chicago Tribune

Zach Finken

Associate Editor, Tribune Content Agency