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Franklin, Bloomberg ME in Washington, to become Poynter president

January 30, 2014

Posted by Chris Roush

Tim Franklin, a managing editor for Bloomberg News in Washington, has been named the new president of the Poynter Institute, a journalism education center in St. Petersburg.

Previously, Franklin was the editor of three metropolitan newspapers, and he was the founding director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University.

“Tim brings a wealth of experience in journalism across all platforms, and a strong background in journalism education,” said Paul Tash, the chairman of the Poynter Institute trustees, in a statement. “For everyone who cares about journalism as a foundation of democracy, this is excellent news.”

Franklin will become Poynter’s fifth president since the institute was founded in 1975. He succeeds Karen Dunlap, who is retiring after a decade as president.

Franklin graduated from Indiana University, where he edited the daily student newspaper and was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists as the top college journalism student in the country. He was named an Indiana University School of Journalism Distinguished Alum in 2012, an award that recognizes the profession’s leaders.

He started his career at the Chicago Tribune, and then was the top editor at the Indianapolis Star, the Orlando Sentinel and the Baltimore Sun. For the last 2½ years, he has helped to direct daily news coverage from Bloomberg’s bureau in Washington, which has some 200 journalists.

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