In 30 years in journalism, I have always set high standards for myself and others. I take pains with my own writing, and as an editor take pains to ensure the work of others is just as good. I set high standards, too, as a manager, working hard, pitching in, setting high expectations but always being supportive, instilling a sense of urgency without ever giving in to panic. In busy, noisy places, in a rapidly evolving media environment, I am the calmest person in the room.
After joining Patch as regional editor in October 2010, hired editors to run eight hyperlocal news sites in Northeast Ohio; launched all sites by end of 2010, and added a ninth site in 2012. By end of 2012, traffic these and other Ohio sites had grown to 400,000 monthly UVs (as measured by Omniture). May 2012, promoted to senior regional editor over 31 sites in Ohio and western Pennsylvania, and in May 2013 to associate editorial director over 85 sites in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Throughout this period oversaw growth in site traffic, engagement and use of social media; led implementation of partnerships with Caspio for searchable database application and e the people for Voter Guide, and successfully tested new Patch site structure later adopted nationally.
During tenure as The Plain Dealer's assistant managing editor/online, traffic on affiliated website, cleveland.com, rose 50 percent, to 1.5 million monthly unique visitors, as measured by ComScore. High-profile projects included the launch of an Ohio politics page on cleveland.com, with the staff-written blog Openers as the centerpiece, and creation of the Data Central page to house interactive databases such as the LeBron James Statistical Database and the Cleveland Browns History Database. I also led the training of scores of newsroom personnel on social media and the content management system.
During almost 19 years at the newspaper, served 2 1/2 years as assistant city editor, editing one series of stories that won the Headliner and the Gerald R. Loeb Award (1995) and another that was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in beat reporting (1996). After an award-winning stint as editorial writer, spent seven years as city/metro editor, the longest tenure at the paper in a quarter-century.
Work notable for clarity, forcefulness and versatility: A sampling:
A news feature about Munchausen syndrome by proxy
A prize-winning series on child welfare caseworkers
A prize-winning editorial on a corrupt public housing official
A magazine profile of a beleaguered child welfare administrator
A travel piece on climbing the Grand Teton
A magazine piece on the controversy over rafting access to the Grand Canyon