John K. Hartman
Author of The USA Today Way books

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, 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 along with past columns and articles.

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,, 3554 Clark Shaw Road Powell, OH 43065, 740-417-9500 and 419-704-1367.


John K. Hartman is a professor of journalism at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  He is the author of two books, "The USA Today Way 2: The Future" (2000) and "The USA Today Way" (1992).  He has examined much of the research done on young adult newspaper readership and is a widely quoted source on the topic.  Jacqueline Hartman provided editing assistance to the author.

In August 2008 Dr. Hartman covered and blogged the Democratic National Convention for the Mount Pleasant, Mich., Morning Sun. In 2008 Dr. Hartman was named the Al-Jazirah Newspaper Chair for International Journalism at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and visited the kingdom to lecture, teach and give seminars. He is scheduled to return in 2009. To learn more about King Saud University, visit

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