Contact:

howard@howardwitt.com
Resume
Versatile editor, manager and journalist with skills honed during 33-year career as foreign correspondent, national correspondent and newsroom executive. Dynamic Internet innovator and architect of award-winning websites. Proven recruiter of diverse, highly-talented employees. Experienced internationalist with on-the-ground knowledge of more than 70 countries in the Americas, Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

The Miller Center/University of Virginia
Managing Editor, 10/2015-Present (Charlottesville, VA)
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Executive Editor, 6/2013-9/2015 (Lafayette, IN)
Stars and Stripes
Senior Managing Editor, 2009-2013 (Washington, DC)
Chicago Tribune
Houston Bureau Chief, 2003-2009
Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, 2001-2003
Associate Managing Editor/Interactive News, 1997-99
Chief of Correspondents, 1996
Los Angeles Bureau Chief, 1995
Moscow Correspondent, 1992-94
Africa Correspondent, 1990-91
Canada Correspondent, 1987-89
Midwest U.S. Correspondent, 1986
General Assignment Reporter, 1982-85
Washington D.C. City Paper
Editor-in-Chief, 2000-2001
MinorityInterest.com
Chief Operating Officer, 2000

SKILLS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Inspiring Manager
* Directed more than 50 journalists at the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Muncie Star Press and Richmond Palladium-Item providing comprehensive online, mobile and print coverage of three Indiana communities.
* Led 100-person Stars and Stripes editorial staff producing independent daily newspaper and Internet products for U.S. service members overseas. Reinvigorated news coverage, leading to a Polk Award and a National Headliner Award for Public Service.
* Restructured editorial departments to reduce staff and expenses while simultaneously increasing productivity and awarding incentive raises to top employees.
* Overhauled employee performance evaluation systems to emphasize fairness, consistency, clear expectations and actionable feedback.
* Supervised staff of 20 Chicago Tribune foreign and national correspondents, directing and editing coverage of world and national news.
* Led and developed staff of 65 employees who designed and produced Chicago Tribune websites.
* Mentored writers and editors at Washington City Paper alternative weekly while expanding staff diversity.

Internet Innovator
* Created and taught new metrics-driven analytical approach to journalistic decision-making in Gannett newsrooms across the country.
* Charted new Internet growth and revenue strategy for Stars and Stripes and led redesign of stripes.com website, positioning it as a curated gateway for military news updated 24/7 by editors around the world.
* Forged new social media relationships that demonstrated how mainstream journalists and bloggers could enhance each other's work, leading to viral distribution of my stories to huge new audiences.
* Directed the Chicago Tribune's early forays onto the web more than a decade ago, pioneering a bold front-page web design in 1998 that today is a news industry design standard. Responsible for conceptual, strategic and creative leadership of editorial content for Chicago Tribune news and entertainment websites.
* Led management and implementation of technology and content strategies for MinorityInterest.com, a start-up targeted at underserved American audience.

Groundbreaking Journalist
* Created new national civil rights beat at the Chicago Tribune.
* Uncovered stories that led to a $9 million court award for the victim of a racial beating, the release from prison of a 14-year-old girl and the largest American civil rights demonstration in a generation.
* Won five national journalism awards.
* Covered historic events including the Oklahoma City bombing, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the end of apartheid in South Africa, Hurricane Katrina and the election of President Barack Obama.

EDUCATION

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, English Language & Literature (1982)

LANGUAGES

Russian, German

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

* Member, Regional Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, Washington, DC
* Weekly volunteer, Brooklyn Navy Yard Boys & Girls Club, New York
* Weekly volunteer, Robert R. McCormick Boys & Girls Club, Chicago

AWARDS RECEIVED

* Winner, 2014 Society of Professional Journalists-Indiana/Story of the Year (Journal & Courier)
* Winner, 2014 Best of Gannett/Public Service (Journal & Courier)
* Winner, 2014 APME-Indiana/First Amendment-Community Affairs (Journal & Courier)
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Winner, 2014 Hoosier State Press Association/Best News Coverage (Journal & Courier)
* Winner, 2013 Society of Professional Journalists-Indiana/Non-deadline Series (Journal & Courier)
* Winner, 2013 Best of Gannett/Planned Content (Journal & Courier)
* Winner, 2010 Military Reporters & Editors Award (Stars and Stripes)
* Winner, 2009 Polk Award/Military Reporting (Stars and Stripes)
* Winner, 2009 National Headliner Award/Public Service (Stars and Stripes)
* Finalist, 2009 Molly Ivins National Journalism Prize
* Finalist, 2008 Pulitzer Prize/National Reporting
* Winner, 2008 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University
* Winner, 2008 American Judicature Society Toni House Journalism Award
* Winner, 2008 Chicago Bar Association Herman Kogan Media Award
* Winner, 2008 Chicago Tribune Edward Scott Beck Award for outstanding national reporting
* Finalist, 2008 American Society of Newspaper Editors Batten Medal
* Second Place, 2008 National Headliner Awards News Beat Coverage
* Winner, Chicago Tribune Edward Scott Beck Award, for outstanding foreign reporting from South Africa (1991) and the Soviet Union (1993)
* Three-time finalist, Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, for reporting from Canada, Africa and Russia