David is an experienced newsroom mentor and leader. He is a former manager and journalist at publications in Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota over the past 25 years.
David has a record of hiring talent to rural communities and helping those colleagues develop into big-time journalists in major markets and with industry-leading media companies.
David's teams have won no fewer than 90 individual writing awards. One of his team's projects beat a Pulitzer winner in a journalism contest that wasn't named Pulitzer. He promises to enter every contest and not make that mistake again.
David's sports sections won 30 APSEs. He held key leadership roles when the Casper Star-Tribune won three of its many general excellence awards. His team in Mason City was honored for agriculture, public safety, and education reporting among Iowa's largest publications.
David has certifications in Google Analytics and SEO, and is happy to do his part to move journalism into the 21st Century. In addition to newspapers, he has dabbled in slinging sports bets and merchandising. His alma maters include Doane College (mass communication, German) and University of Phoenix (MBA).
David lives along the Iowa-Minnesota border with his wife, three children, and too many cats. He enjoys gardening, bourbon, and Minnesota United (find him in the Wonderwall on match days).