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Mark J. Rochester

INVESTIGATIVE & DATABASE REPORTING, DIGITAL OPERATIONS

SUMMARY

As an experienced senior manager and newsroom leader, I have a distinguished background spearheading innovative investigative, explanatory and data-driven journalism that builds audience and revenues, as well as business experience in marketing, sales, industry technology, product development and executive-level communications.

My management portfolio includes overseeing journalism that has resulted in new federal and state legislation, congressional hearings and regulatory reviews based on watchdog reporting  conducted in some of the nation's most competitive media markets, including Long Island's Newsday, as well as San Francisco, Denver, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Conducted computer-assisted reporting training for The Associated Press and other news organizations.

MULTIMEDIA INVESTIGATIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS 

WORK HISTORY

May 2017 Present

Senior News Director_Investigations

The Detroit Free Press

Oversees investigative and watchdog reporting efforts at The Detroit Free Press, Gannett's third largest newspaper.

Nov 2015Nov 2016

Executive Editor

The Herald, Rock Hill, South Carolina

Ensured high-quality content for online, social media, newsletters, mobile, video, print and special events. I worked closely with senior leaders throughout the company on content and branding initiatives that supported readership, revenue and marketing goals. Leveraged data to gauge content effectiveness and develop content themes/topics. Directed the hiring, supervision and performance evaluation of staff for this McClatchy website and daily newspaper.

Apr 2013Oct 2015

Deputy Managing Editor

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Overseeing digital strategy, product development and content, as well as multimedia and visual departments, investigative, explanatory and computer-assisted reporting efforts.  With management responsibilities that bridge print and digital operations,  accelerated transition to digital-oriented publication, expanded digital operations, created new positions and hired more web-savvy staff and managers, encouraged innovation and experimentation with new approaches to content delivery. In 2015, the Post-Gazette twice was recognized nationally for its digital innovation, including a citation by Editor & Publisher magazine.  

Oct 2006Mar 2013

Assistant Bureau Chief

California, Nevada and Hawaii - The Associated Press

Senior manager assisting in daily oversight of one of AP's highest-profile domestic operations. Responsibilities included management of editorial, business development, communications and marketing AP services to member news organizations and commercial clients throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii. Routinely conducted analysis of member product usage and competitive marketplace. Developed and maintained editorial and business relationships with print, broadcast and commercial customers. Coordinated national efforts on transitioning members to web-based AP content delivery. Conducted member product training efforts around the country, as well as computer-assisted reporting training. The Associated Press is the world's largest news organization.

Sep 2002Sep 2006

Assistant Managing Editor/Sunday

The Denver Post

Overseeing nation's seventh-largest Sunday newspaper. Supervised and coordinated news content and visual presentation for Page 1 and section fronts for the weekend newspapers, as well as overall content quality for the 750,000-circulation Sunday paper. Also supervised National and Foreign reporting desks at The Post, as well as the Washington bureau and investigative projects. Investigations resulted in congressional hearings and federal and state legislation.

Jun 1999Aug 2002

Enterprise Editor

Newsday

Supervising short- and long-term investigative projects, overseeing numerous series dealing with issues such as immigrant workplace deaths, medical misconduct, inequities in New York area property tax systems and a computer-assisted analysis of aviation delays at the nation's busiest airports. These projects received numerous awards and journalistic accolades, including a citation in Columbia Journalism Review for "Death on the Job: Immigrants at Risk," an investigative series exploring foreign-born workplace deaths.

Sep 1994May 1999

Assistant Managing Editor/Investigations

The Indianapolis Star

Supervising the investigative reporting and special projects team. Managed and edited award-winning investigative series, including projects on inadequate nursing home care, the city's failing public school system, widespread molestation of children by Catholic priests and campaign finance issues. The Star's two-year investigative effort concerning the influence of special interests within the Indiana legislature, "Statehouse Sellout," received numerous awards and national recognition, including feature articles in Columbia Journalism Review and American Journalism Review magazines and a book by the Center for Public Integrity.

INVESTIGATIONS PORTFOLIO

ASSOCIATIONS

  • National Board of Directors, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc., the national governing body of IRE, the nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting journalists in completing investigative stories of high quality. Term: 2001 – 2003. Succeeded in bringing IRE’s international conference to Denver in 2005, attracting 800 journalists including keynote speaker Dan Rather.