John Smalley: The Ever-Evolving Newspaper Business


Niagara Foundation organized a remarkable cultural conversation event with Jack W. Mitchell, professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John Smalley has been editor of the Wisconsin State Journal for nearly four years. Prior to that he was editor at the La Crosse Tribune from 2002-2008, and before that was editor at the Mason City Globe Gazette from 1997-2002. His newspaper career started in 1977 when he got his first job as a part-time sports writer at the La Crosse Tribune while in college at UW-La Crosse.

Among the highlights for John in Madison was in April of this year when the State Journal was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage for the paper’s work in covering the historic Capitol protests in February/March 2011.

John and his wife Barbara have been married for 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 17 to 25. They live in Verona.

October 9, 2012

437 S. Yellowstone Dr.
Suite 110
Madison, WI, 53719

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