I am a long-time business journalist and media executive, now the founder of the Alliance for Trust in Media, a non-profit organization devoted to building a relationship of trust and recognition between journalists and their audiences. The Alliance partners with newsrooms around the country to research strategies that help professional journalists build trust with audiences. We share our research at live events and on the Alliance website. The Alliance also teaches media literacy skills at companies whose leaders understand that these days media literacy is as much an element of workforce well-being as retirement planning and health and wellness. The Alliance is also home to In Reality, the unique podcast about truth, disinformation and the media.
Before starting the Alliance, I held a number of leadership roles in journalism, most recently as the CEO of Mansueto Ventures, the home of the iconic business media brands, Inc. and Fast Company. During my four-year tenure as CEO, the publications expanded beyond print and digital into live and digital events, video, podcasts, data, and new recognition programs. Each year of my tenure the company recorded its best annual financial performance to date, culminating in the first year of profitability in the company’s 16-year history, in 2021.
For the six years prior, I was the president and/or editor-in-chief of Inc. While I was editor, the magazine was twice a National Magazine Award finalist for general excellence, winning once. Before joining Inc, I was the founding editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com and editor-in-chief of BNET.com for CBS Interactive; the sites together won more than a dozen awards for design and journalism during my time there.
Before CBS, I had a number of roles in business journalism. I was the managing editor of Money Magazine (equivalent to editor-in-chief), where I won the Time Inc. Luce award for service journalism in each of the four years Money was eligible. Other roles inside and out of journalism include deputy editor at Business 2.0, assistant managing editor at Fortune, and vice-president at Goldman Sachs. As a writer, I’m the winner of a Loeb Award and a National Magazine Award.
Today, in addition to my role at the Alliance for Trust in Media, I am on the board of the book publisher Amplify Publishing Group, where I am also editor-in-chief. I’m a strategic adviser to the Leadership and Society Initiative at the University of Chicago and a senior fellow for small business advancement at the US Chamber of Commerce. I enjoy public speaking and have recently held stage at the University of Chicago, Web Summit, Beyond Labels, Collision, and the Dublin Tech Summit, among others. On broadcast platforms, I was a regular commentator on Nightly Business Report on PBS and Marketplace Radio on NPR and on CBS MoneyWatch. I had my own radio show, You and Your Money, on Westwood One. I’ve also been a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, The Today Show and The Early Show.
Before becoming a journalist, I spent six years as an actor, playing roles in soap operas and in regional theaters like the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Milwaukee’s Theater East and Philadephia’s Annenberg Center. For reasons even I don’t quite understand, I was repeatedly cast in the role of a Cockney juvenile delinquent, a peculiar bit of type-casting (I’m from Ohio). I mention it because, well, how many other media executives can make the same claim?
Outside of work, I am a private pilot and an enthusiastic club tennis player, who not so long ago helped carry my club’s tennis team to the regional championships for northern California.