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Garry D. Howard

American City Business Journals
Director of Corporate Initiatives
Garry D. Howard
A graduate of Lehigh University and The Lawrenceville School (1977), where he received a four-year academic scholarship through the A Better Chance Program, Garry began his journalism career at the Trenton Times as a Sports Reporter. He worked as an obituary, police and municipal government reporter at The Home News, in New Brunswick, N.J., before joining the Rochester Times-Union, Rochester, N.Y., as a Sports Copy Editor in 1985. Garry left Rochester in 1986 to join the St. Petersburg Independent as a Sports Copy Editor. The Independent merged with the St. Petersburg Times, where he worked as the Prep Design Editor. Garry left the St. Petersburg Times to join The Philadelphia Inquirer as a Sports Copy Editor in 1987. He was promoted three times to Deputy Sports Editor at The Inquirer. He left The Inquirer in 1994 to accept the Executive Sports Editor’s position at the Milwaukee Journal, becoming the only African-American Sports Editor at a major metropolitan daily at that time. The Journal merged with the Milwaukee Sentinel in April of 1995 and Garry was named Senior Editor of the new, combined sports department at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Garry was promoted to Assistant Managing Editor/Sports in 2000. Garry left the Journal Sentinel in Dec. 2010 to accept a position as Editor in Chief with Sporting News, where he was responsible for all editorial operations before leaving in Dec. 2013. Garry was named Director of Corporate Initiatives at American City Business Journals in April of 2014, reporting directly to CEO Whitney Shaw and CFO Kirk Shaw. In this newly created position, Garry is responsible for a number of critical programs across the entire spectrum of ACBJ operating units and corporate departments. Garry is a Past President of the Associated Press Sports Editors and was the first African-American to hold that position in the 40-year history of the organization. Garry also served as President of the NABJ Sports Task Force from 1999-2001.

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