Welcome! I’ve been a journalist for more than 30 years in a variety of newspaper and online positions. Currently, I’m editor-in-chief at Industry Dive, a business-to-business publishing company. My digital background includes stints at NPR, USA Today and CNN. And then there’s my Other Life: I’ve been a bar-band musician for almost as long as I’ve been a journalist.
Here’s my resume and below are a few clips. Also, please check out my personal blog. If you want to reach me, leave a message in the form at the bottom of this page. You also can find me on Twitter @rlilleston.
Healthcare Dive: 5 healthcare donations even bigger than Mark Zuckerberg’s: A fairly self-explanatory piece I contributed to show my staff that not every feature took a long time to research and write. This took about an hour for me to research and write.
NPR.org: A social browser with extra caffeine: My NPR post prevented me from doing much writing, but I did contribute the occasional post to the All Tech Considered blog. Here’s a review of browser software.
NPR.org: Don’t like clouds you can’t touch? Build your own storage solution: Another All Tech Considered post, this one looking at the relative ease of creating your own online-accessible storage instead of relying on a third-party ‘cloud.’
NPR.org: For many this weekend, the grill offers a thrill: The site needed copy for Memorial Day weekend in 2009, so I put this story together.
USATODAY.com: 2008 political convention coverage: I was responsible for real-time coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions. This included the nomination acceptance night stories from the Democrats and Republicans.
USATODAY.com: Election night 2008: I wrote the lead story for the website on Election Night, updating it in real time more than 40 times in nine hours.
USATODAY.com: 33 dead in Virginia Tech shooting. I oversaw/edited/wrote this story for the website for a large portion of the day of the shooting.
USATODAY.com: 2006 election night mainbar. I wrote our “live” main story on Election Night 2006, updating it more than 40 times. Here’s the final version.
CNN.com: Special Report: The Clinton years. This 2001 piece got a great deal of circulation; The Boston Globe’s David Nyhan even used it as the basis for much of a column.
CNN.com: George W. Bush: The first 100 days. Another analysis piece that got big play.
CNN.com: King Biscuit blues: Performances and politics. A 1999 article about my favorite music festival.
…and finally, here’s how you can reach me via email: