About John K. "Jack" Hartman
Dr. John K. “Jack” Hartman, 63, is a professor of journalism at Central Michigan University in Mount
Pleasant and a resident of rural Powell, Ohio. He holds a B.A. in journalism, M.A. in radio-TV-film,
and Ph.D. in interpersonal and public communication from Bowling Green State University. He has
served in a variety of capacities in journalism, advertising, public relations, broadcasting and
politics in the professional world. He is the author of The USA TODAY Way (1992) and the The USA
TODAY Way 2 The Future (2000). Hartman is a widely quoted authority on journalism issues in major
publications, including the Times of London, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Salt
Lake Tribune, Business Week, Boston Globe, Newsday, Detroit News & Free Press, Toronto Globe & Mail,
Nieman Reports, The Chronicle of Higher Education, MediaWeek, Crain's Detroit, Oakland Business Review,
Business 2.0, romenesko.org and Editor & Publisher. He was interviewed on WJR Radio, Detroit, by the
late J.P. McCarthy Sept. 15, 1992 and by Paul W. Smith April 24, 1997. He has sponsored visits to CMU
by Tom Curley, former president and publisher of USA TODAY and now CEO of the Associated Press, in 1989
and 1997 and Peter Prichard, former editor of USA TODAY and president of the Freedom Forum, in 1999.
He received the Spirit of Detroit Award in 1997. He received the professor stipend from CMU in 1998,
2002 and 2006. He was nominated for the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award on two occasions. He is
currently doing research about the young adult newspaper readership. In 2008, he has chosen as the
Al-Jazirah Newspaper Professor of International Journalism for King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia. One of 50 subject-specific experts selected by the Kingdom’s largest university, he visits
twice a year, teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, conducting seminars for professionals, and
giving speeches on journalism issues. He also serves as a communication consultant to the Mayor of
Toledo, Ohio. Hartman was an elected member of the Bowling Green board of education from 1979-1997,
serving as its president twice. He was on the Penta Vocational board of education for five years.
He was elected a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. He covered the 2008
Democratic National Convention in Denver for the Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Morning Sun. His Delegate's
Diaries for both conventions can be found on this web site
www.johnkhartman.com along with past columns
To access more of Dr. Hartman's body of work, Google "John K. Hartman." He and his wife,
the former Kay Franks, lived in Bowling Green, Ohio from 1974-2008, and are natives of Ashland, Ohio.
They have three grown children: Kimberly Brueck of Akron, Ohio; Alicia Wolshire of London, Ohio, and
Jacqueline Ashley of Chapel Hill, N.C., and five grandchildren.
Hartman may be reached at email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 3554 Clark Shaw Road Powell,
OH 43065, 740-417-9500 and 419-704-1367.