about me

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch [Lee Enterprises] 900 North Tucker Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63101. [February 2013 –  ]  Business editor (through 2017) Enterprise (starting 2018 ). Staff writes for A1 frequently, two weekly business sections (Friday and Sunday), various special sections, premium products, video.


The Commercial Appeal [E W Scripps (now Gannett)] 495 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 [February 2010 – February 2013]  Business editor.

Independent Writer and Editor [August 2008 – February 2010]  Wrote for various publications. Assisted authors with projects, including the story of a family dairy farm and a memoir of Ethiopia during revolution. Attempted magazine relaunch.fm

Cover-11-6-03Illinois Times [Central Illinois Communications] P.O. Box 5256, Springfield, Illinois 62705 [October 2003 – August 2008]  Editor of independent weekly.

The Riverfront Times [New Times then Village Voice Media (now Euclid Media Group)] 6358 Delmar Boulevard, Suite 200, St. Louis, Missouri 63130 [June 1999 – September 2003]  Managing editor of weekly.

The Tampa Tribune [Media General (now defunct)] 202 South Parker Street, Tampa, Florida 33606 [April 1998 – June 1999]  Assistant business editor.

The Commercial Appeal [E W Scripps (now Gannett)] 495 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 [October 1989 – April 1998] Reporter and editor.

Memphis Business Journal, Nashville Business Journal [February 1986 – September 1989]  Staff writer.

St. Louis Journalism Review [May 1982 – January 1986]  Managing editor of monthly.

FOCUS/Midwest [May 1982 – August 1983]  Assistant editor of bimonthly.

Student Life [August 1980 – May 1981]  Editor-in-chief of student newspaper of Washington University. [August 1981 – May 1982]  Business manager.


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I joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in February 2013 as business editor, working with a staff of veteran journalists. These enterprising writers cover a wide range of topics, including urban development, tax policy, energy and the environment, health care reform, workplace issues, biotech and military spending.

In March 2017, the staff wofirst place for spot news in the Missouri APME for coverage of the Bayer AG takeover of Monsanto. The coverage also was recognized by SABEW in April. 


Before resigning to head north, I was editor of the business section of The Commercial Appeal for three years, working with five staff writers, as well as several freelancers and a few columnists. I also worked with our Washington correspondent. I wrapped up my last full week at the paper with the Feb. 8, 2013 edition. Click here to see what the section looked like (including front-page stories I handled that week): Final week

My job included developing, assigning and editing enterprise. Some examples: [apparently all of these links were broken in 2014 or 2015 by the paper’s shift to a paywall->] An examination of a major economic-development prize landed by Memphis, as well as stories on a wide range of subjects: the growth of part-time work and alternatives to lift the economy; genetically engineered corn (2,4-D)persistent unemployment; net neutrality, telecoms and the tea party; how an investment bank harmed its customers; racial wage disparities; legalization of online gambling; media beneficiaries of Citizens United; alternatives to privatization of waste hauling; predictive analytics in law enforcement; food “deserts” in the inner city; development of hydropower; vulnerability of the power grid; and organic production of cotton.

I also led efforts to develop a local site focused on business startups and entrepreneurship, now discontinued.

Two projects won the investigative and explanatory categories in the Best in Business national competition sponsored by SABEW.

From the fall of 2009 until mid-2010, I also edited the newspaper’s digital-only environmental publication, now discontinued.


During my earlier stint at The CA, as a reporter and an editor, I won awards for investigative and deadline reporting.

Before rejoining dailies, I spent nearly a decade at two alt-weeklies, as managing editor of the Riverfront Times in St. Louis and then editor of Illinois Times. Both papers, at the time, won many regional and national journalism awards.

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Early career stops included working as managing editor of the St. Louis Journalism Review (publication won national Lowell Mellett Award for its coverage of the sale of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat) and serving as the first state government reporter for the Memphis and Nashville business journals (1986-1988).



me_edited-2My parents are immigrants. I was born near Chicago, graduated from St. Xavier in Louisville and Washington University in St. Louis, and have worked at newspapers in five cities. I’m married to Maureen; we have two adult sons, Andrew and Joshua.

The postings on this site, including John and Mack Rust, Red Kane, Wartime Letters and other sites listed on the blogroll, are my own. They do not reflect the views of my employers, employees or colleagues, past and present.


One Response to about me

  1. bob cavanagh says:

    http://sangamoncountyhistory.org/wp/?p=9643 egan’s rats get a mention and I thought of you–bob Cavanagh hope you’re well

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