Tom Warhover's Profile

Executive editor for innovation, Columbia Missourian

Associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism (teaching classes in Advanced Reporting and in Journalism & Democracy)

Email: warhovert@missouri.edu
Office phone: 573-882-5734
Twitter: @warhovert

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? I have two main roles. As executive editor, I'm responsible for all the editorial content in the Columbia Missourian and Vox (in all their forms). Another job is to transform the newsroom for the future, experimenting with new approaches and technologies in content and delivery while honoring the best traditions of public service, integrity and independence.

WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? Journalism with what I call a high "meaning per inch" quotient. It's not enough for us to provide facts; we need to provide the context and history that give those facts meaning.

WHAT'S YOUR WORK AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? For 15 years, I worked for The Virginian-Pilot, a 200,000 circulation daily newspaper serving southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. At The Pilot, I was a copy editor, designer, wire editor and metro editor. I covered city hall as a beat reporter. As an assigning editor in charge of the "public life team," I helped the paper create principles and daily practices for the then-fledgling concept of public (or civic) journalism. I helped guide the long-term strategies of the newsroom as deputy managing editor and the fiscal fortunes of part of the newspaper as the North Carolina general manager.

I graduated from MU in 1985 with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology.

I co-wrote a journalism textbook, "Getting the Whole Story: Reporting and Writing the News."

WHAT'S YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK LIKE? I'm married to the woman I started dating when I was 15. Dr. Terri Tucker-Warhover is a 1986 graduate of Missouri's School of Veterinary Medicine. We have two children, Megan, and Zachary. Oh, and two dogs and two cats.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? What's not to love? Here's one: Sipping on the smooth, slightly bitter taste of black coffee at Coffee Zone while listening to friends and strangers describe life. Here's another: arriving at the Big Burr Oak on my bicycle just about the time the sun drifts out of dark winter clouds.

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