Alumni Stories

Jim Welch (C’71, G’05)

Deputy Managing Editor, Sports, USA Today

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)Jim Welch

Welch majored in government and international relations at Georgetown in the late 60s. During his senior year, he landed a job at the National Journal, where he served as a reporter during the Watergate scandal. Here, he shares behind-the-scenes accounts of the Olympic Games and reflects on the changing role of the newspaper industry.

Welch recalls how he eventually talked his way into an editing position at a daily newspaper in Vietnam. During a stint at The Burlington Free Press he reported on politics and served as an election observer in Nicaragua. Under the leadership of Al Neuharth, chairman of the board for Gannett Company, Welch helped to launch USA Today. He worked on the new venture for a few years before returning to The Burlington Free Press to serve as editor-in-chief. After six years in Burlington, Welch returned to USA Today as deputy managing editor of sports. In 2005, Welch returned to Georgetown to earn his master’s degree in leadership.

Additional Resources

USA Today
Careers Today: Career Pathways in Journalism
http://www.usatoday.com/educate/college/careers/journalism/careers/welch.htm

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