Work History

Work History
2009 - Present

Vice President of Content

Daily Press Media Group

Vice President of Content: Responsible for the collection and distribution of both staff-produced news and information and user-generated content across multiple media platforms, including the Daily Press newspaper and specialty print publications, and affiliated niche websites, mobile and broadcast. 

2007 - 2009


Online publishing start-up company funded by Austin Ventures that launched in December 2007, a national web site that offers help, advice and community for anyone contemplating, going through, or recovering from divorce.

 As Managing Editor given full autonomy over constructing content strategy and launch of an online site that focuses on life event of divorce. Accountable for driving editorial calendar, analyzing traffic patterns and using search engine optimization to improve editorial traffic, developing special projects and overseeing all site editorial improvements.

  • Collaborate with web site developers to craft and launch new web site focused around the life event of divorce.
  • Key contributor to production of site’s own social networking, directories of professionals and connecting with external social networking contacts through the use of, and
  • Establish national network of more than 150 national freelance writers and experts who write resource stories, features and breaking news articles focused around topics of interest for users.
  • Amplify site traffic through search engine optimization of content and use of Google analytics to track trends and direct site content improvements.
  • Write regular blog as part of web site’s efforts to engage consumers and provide interviews and experts for interviews for media requests about related site topics.
  • Steer efforts that positioned site to being ranked in top three resource web sites in 2008 by Online Media Marketing Advertising Association (OMMA).
  • Led the creation of a series of e-cards for web site.
  • Boost site traffic by using census data on marriage and divorce and teaming with Wharton Business professor to formulate widget that would allow users to view marriage statistics and divorce rates. This marriage calculator was on front page of, New York Times home page and was written about by bloggers and news sites around the world.
2005 - 2007

Assistant Managing Editor/News

The News Journal/Gannett and The News Journal, a newspaper of 120,000 readers.

4 Direct Reports

As Assistant Managing Editor, accountable for all deadline-driven, content-generating departments, including features, sports, metro and business in news division’s online and print  mediums. Duties included all front page and online project reports, diversity and recruiting efforts, internship programs, training, reviews and financial oversight for all content departments.

2003 - 2005

Assistant Managing Editor/Features

The News-Press and The News-Press, a newspaper of 90,000 readers.

10 Direct Reports

Assistant Managing Editor charged with directing 10 staff members and features projects both online and in 11 weekly sections -- health, entertainment, travel, food and more -- and a quarterly luxury magazine as well as Sunday special projects for the company. Responsibilities included content audits, redesign, relaunch of all sections plus additional Health section, setting SOPS for department, championing Gannett diversity efforts and content initiatives in newsroom.

  • Led a project called “Tea Party with Angels,” a serial narrative about the power of angels in our lives through the story of a Cape Coral couple who lost a daughter to an illness. The project won a national writing award from Gannett Inc.
  • Ensured successful execution of duties that included content audits, redesign, relaunch of sections, setting Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for department, championing Gannett diversity efforts and content readership initiatives in newsroom.
  • Championed writing, designing, editing and production of book titled “Savage Storms,” that elaborated on 2003 hurricane season in Florida.
  • Guided production of highlights consisting of feature serial narratives, hurricane coverage and project on Southwest Florida's Haitian community that won a second place in Gannett's national Enterprise Reporting contest.
  • Guided production of project chronicling Seminole and Miccosukee Indian tribes' extensive efforts to preserve their unique native language.
1999 - 2003

Executive Editor


Two web sites and newspapers located 28 miles apart with ajoint copydesk, 30 news employees, 30,000 readers.

6 Direct Reports

Led and managed the online and print news operations for two newsrooms, 30 employees, including all aspects of $1.8 million yearly news budget, diversity and training and recruitment efforts.

  • Orchestrated efforts through editorials and grants with Gannett Foundation to establish fund for institution of museum to Nelson T. Gant, one of Zanesville's most prominent founding African American citizens.
  • Spearheaded project called “Adam’s Heart,” a three-month weekly series chronicling a 17-year-old teen’s wait for a heart transplant. The series won national recognition by transplant agenciesfor its efforts to improve organ donation in Appalachian Ohio. At least three people’s lives were saved because of the news effort.
  • Spearheaded a literacy news project that examined the high illiteracy rate in Appalachian Ohio. The news project ended with a community call to action, seeking volunteers and corporate donations to help with the area’s efforts to improve literacy in our community.
  • Assumed position as Gannett All-American judge and college recruiter for Ohio, spending two years in Gannett Corporate News Division Management Development Program and graduating from program.
  • Secured multiple awards in 2002, 2001 and 2000 from Ohio Associated Press; General Excellence 2000 in Coshocton; Ohio Society of Professional Journalists’ awards in 2001 and 2002; Four quarterly Gannett content awards, two annual Gannett content awards and Ohio Associated Press Photographer of year. Led the two community papers to attain more than 80 awards on various topics from Black Lung Disease in Appalachian Ohio to water quality in the Licking and Muskingum rivers.
  • Spearheaded print redesign and newsroom restructuring for the two operations to improve efficiencies. Led the development of online operations sites for the two sites.
  • Routinely wrote community columns and editorials about local topics of interests as well as edited online and front page Sunday projects and breaking news for both sites.
  • New readership initiatives included content audits, focus groups, readership roundtables, foundation of editorial boards, teen pages, Baby Boomers tab, Health tab, Religion pages and Entertainment tab for network of eight related newspapers.
  • In 2002, named one of the “Top 20 under 40” by Newspaper Association’s “Presstime” magazine, which annually chooses 20 top people from all disciplines.
1998 - 1999


The Coshocton Tribune

Manager of news print and online operations for a daily, 8,000-circulation newspaper in Appalachian Ohio with 12 employees. Responsibilities included: editing of all daily stories, redesign of the news print product, all special projects. Promoted to oversee both Coshocton and Zanesville operations.

1996 - 1998


Venice Gondolier

Newsroom operations of a twice-weekly, 10,000 circulation newspaper in Southwest Florida. Duties included: financials, operating committee, editorial content, hiring and more.

1994 - 1996

Business Editor

Charlotte Sun Herald

Oversee a department of three employees and a six-day section focused on business news for Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties.



John I Leonard High
1983 - 1987

Bachelor of Arts

University of South Carolina-Columbia

Minor: Government and International Studies. Top news-editorial graduate in 1987. Editor of college newspaper in junior year and college magazine in senior year.



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Instinctive, assertive and results-driven senior level communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in generating award-winning editorial content online and in print. Outstanding strategist exemplifying intense leadership, negotiation, creative and analytical skills with superior ability to effectively identify opportunities, develop, focus and provide tactical business solutions.


  • Online Content Development
  • Blogging and Social Networking Tactics
  • News Management and Operations
  • New Product Initiatives and Launch
  • Budget Preparation and Administration
  • Special Project Management
  • Technological Project Management
  • Team Building and Management
  • Content Search Engine Optimization
  • Public Relations Program Management
  • Organization and Communication
  • Leadership in Community Projects
  • Diversity, Recruiting and Staffing
  • Strategic Planning and Communication


Online News Association, member, present.

Virginia Press Association, Board of Directors, present.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, Board of Directors, present.

Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Participant, 2009

  • Chosen two years in a row to participate in advanced level poetry writing seminar with nationally recognized poets.

Associated Press Managing Editors, Co-chair, Diversity Committee, 2006-2008

  • Helped create a fellowship and mentor program for up-and-coming minority news executives to participate in national conference with managing editors from around the country.
  • Responsible for the planning, development and execution of four national roundtables to discuss ways to keep minorities in the news field. Wrote a report presented at APME's national conference in Washington, D.C., in 2007.
  • Part of a national effort by APME to discuss access to government public records. Responsible for the planning, development and execution of a statewide discussion about the topic in Delaware. 

National Association of Hispanic Journalists, former member

Girl Scouts, Heart of Ohio, Board of Directors, 2003

Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Advisory Board, Zanesville, OH 2001-2

Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Board of Directors, Venice, FL 1996-7


Ohio-University, Zanesville,mass communications instructor, 2002-3

  • Taught two sessions for freshmen and sophomore college students interested in the basics of mass communications from broadcasting to print to radio and online products.

American Press Institute, speaker,community editing seminars, 2001-5

  • Taught the opening session for API's community editing seminar, which engages community newspaper and online editors from around the country in best practices happening at small news organizations around the country.