Rich Zahradnik has been a journalist for 30-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine, and wire services. Zahradnik held editorial positions at CNN, Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, AOL, and The Hollywood Reporter, often writing news stories and analysis about the journalism business, broadcasting, film production, publishing, and the online industry. In January 2012, he was one of 20 writers selected for the inaugural class of the Crime Fiction Academy, a first-of-its-kind program run by New York’s Center for Fiction. A media entrepreneur throughout his career, he was founding executive producer of CNNfn.com, a leading financial news website and a Webby winner; managing editor of Netscape.com, and a partner in the soccer-news website company, Goal Networks. Zahradnik also co-founded the weekly newspaper, The Peekskill Herald, at the age of 25, leading it to seven state press association awards in its first three years. Zahradnik was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and received his B.A. in journalism and political science from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Sheri and son Patrick in Pelham, New York, where he teaches elementary school kids how to publish online and print newspapers. For more information, go to richzahradnik.com.
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