- Managing Editor for News, USA TODAY
Ron Smith serves as the managing editor for news at USA TODAY. Before moving to the Washington, D.C., area last year, Smith was the deputy managing editor for daily news and production at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he oversaw the breaking news hub, production desks and was the key point person for print story selections and workflow. He also has worked as an editor at The Oregonian, the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his professional career as a reporter and editor for two weekly newspapers in the Los Angeles areas before becoming a political reporter for a daily legal publication in downtown Los Angeles. Smith’s also worked as an advertising sales director and as the student adviser for New Expression, a citywide teen publication written by and for Chicago youth that had a monthly circulation of 70,000. He has edited several Pulitzer Prize-winning reports and is known for championing great journalism and the great journalists who produce great works. In addition, Smith is active in the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Copy Editors Society and ONA. A sought-after speaker, he has led sessions for Poynter, ASNE, NABJ, Unity and AAJA. He has served three times as a visiting professor for the journalism program at the University of Kansas. Smith holds a master's degree in leadership from Marquette University, where he has taught courses on leadership, journalism and communication. He "proceeds until apprehended' and is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and help others -- all while having fun along the way.