THOMAS R. “RANDY” LILLESTON

8012 Jackson Road

Alexandria, VA 22308

703-768-4782 // lilleston@gmail.com  // http://randylilleston.com

 

SUMMARY:

Senior-level editor and manager with extensive experience on digital and print platforms. Proven experience at building teams, increasing audience size and executing news strategy. Producer and editor of award-winning journalism for some of the nation's largest and most respected news organizations. Former editor-in-chief of successful digital business news startup.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2014-2017: Editor-in-Chief, Industry Dive, Washington

·         Oversaw all aspects of editorial operation for emerging digital business-to-business publisher that publishes 14 daily and 16 weekly newsletters, along with a dozen websites and numerous one-off products.

·         Hired, trained and supervised rapidly growing editorial staff (full-time staff grew from five to 25 in three years).

·         Personally oversaw health care and biopharma beats; helped plan and launch biopharma, CIO, food, HR, marketing and supply chain beats.

 

2008-2014: Supervising editor, digital news, NPR.org, Washington

·         Oversaw teams responsible for home page and breaking news. Helped establish and implement breaking news strategy for NPR's digital products.

·         Supervised as many as 13 staffers.

·         Audience size more than tripled during my tenure.

·         Site won numerous major national awards during my tenure, including Edward R. Murrow award for best radio network/syndication service website, 2011 and 2010; George Foster Peabody Award, 2010; Editor & Publisher ‘EPPY’ award for best news website, 2012, 2010.

 

2004-2008: Digital News section and continuous news desk editor, USA Today/Deputy news editor, USAToday.com, McLean, VA

·         Lead editor and supervisor of News section of USAToday.com from 1-06 until 12-08. Also oversaw rewrite/continuous news desk of USA Today from 8-06 until 12-08. The desk served as the centerpiece of USA Today's efforts to integrate its newspaper and digital staffs.

·         Supervised as many as 13 people.

·         Also oversaw home page team of USAToday.com in 2006.  From 1/04 until 12/05, oversaw political coverage and wrote breaking news for website.

·         Site won award for general excellence from the Online News Association in 2007.

 

2001-2004: Senior editor, AOL News/Managing editor of local news, AOL Local, Dulles, VA

·         In managing editor’s post, oversaw the editing and placement of local news feeds for various AOL products and supervised eight contract employees.

·         In senior editor's post, edited news articles, built video packages and edited the news Welcome screen.

 

1999-2001: Senior editor of politics section, CNN.com, Washington

·         Planned daily political news coverage and helped plan special projects, including CNN.com's coverage of the 2000 election.

·         Supervised staff of as many as nine.

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of science, journalism, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

·         Co-editor of student newspaper, spring term junior year; sports editor, senior year; vice president of student chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, senior year; vice president of Missouri College Newspaper Association, senior year.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS:

·         Experienced with monitoring and evaluating online metrics.

·         Active in social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter.

·         Very familiar with computer hardware; build my own computers from parts.

·         Solid basic knowledge of HTML and many widely used commercial software packages.