From his beginnings as a small-town reporter, Chip has gone on to successful careers as a big market editor, business executive and corporate communications director. He is passionate about helping people tell their stories in clear, credible and appealing ways, and he especially loves the challenge of crisis communications, which requires speed, authenticity and an ability to simplify what’s complicated.
Chip supervised award-winning news coverage as an editor for the Detroit Free Press and later served as publisher of the San Jose Mercury News and the San Luis Obispo Tribune. A former vice president of operations for Knight Ridder newspapers, he also has served as director of communications for Cal Poly.
Despite a chronically stiff neck from the rigors of rugby, Chip remains grateful to a sport that let him travel across America and around the world, from Australia to England, from New Zealand to South Africa. These days, he treats himself a little better, confining his sporting activity to hiking – usually in 18-hole segments. An avid reader of non-fiction, there is always a book on Lincoln on his nightstand.