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Matthew Franck // @mattfranck

A seasoned editor, writing coach, instructor, and consultant with 25 years of experience at newspapers, private industry and national intelligence. I convey complexity with clarity and exactitude. I craft compelling narratives. I bring structure and order to technical writing. I frame and conceptualize visual depictions of data. I coach, I mentor, I teach, and I lead.


2020-present / Analytic facilitator, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Responsible for consulting national intelligence analysts on the structure, focus, and logical argumentation of their reporting, outlining text and conceptualizing graphics to best serve readers.

2017-19 / Editor, NGA

Provided a vital final quality check on intelligence reports destined for key federal policy leaders. In this role, I innovated new ways to support analysts earlier in the writing process.

2014–2017 / Deputy metro editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Part of a leadership team that supervised more than 35 reporters and a half dozen editors. Responsible for helping to edit all front-page hard-news stories, while continuously keeping tabs on online breaking news. Co-led award winning coverage of the civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

2012–Present / Writing Consultant / Franck+Honest Edits

Own and operate a consulting business that has edited two books and served numerous clients.

2007–2014 / Assistant metro editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Responsible for direct oversight of a team of eight journalists covering education, child policy, demographics, science, religion and the environment.

2004–2007 / Capital bureau reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Covered every facet of Missouri state government, including the governor, the Legislature and the courts. Produced clear explanatory reporting on complex policy.

1999-2004 / Education and child policy reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Provided sophisticated reports on public and private education, foster care and juvenile issues.

1997-1999 / Education Reporter, Albuquerque Journal

Covered one of the nation's largest school districts, focusing specifically on the effects of poverty.

1995-1997 / Political reporter, Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News

Provided nearly all federal and state political reporting for a mid-sized paper.


1994  Brigham Young University, BA in Journalism and Latin American Studies

1994  Four month internship at Al Ahram Weekly, Cairo, Egypt

Awards / Distinctions

2019 Edited and ghost wrote an autobiography of a candy tycoon, titled “Life With Menlo”

2018 Edited the book “Gun Violence: A children’s hospital on the front lines of an American tragedy”

2015 The Post-Dispatch Ferguson coverage awarded the Scripps Howard Foundation breaking news prize.

2011 Edited a series on day care deaths that was a finalist for the national Casey Awards.

2011 Edited the state’s top two investigative projects, Missouri Press Association.

2005  Pulitzer finalist (metro desk), breaking news for team coverage of shooting at Kirkwood town hall.

2004  Honored with the PASS award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2002  Education Writers Association, second place, investigative series over 100,000 circulation

2002 Finalist for the national Livingston Award, recognizing young reporters.

1999  Contributing editor of "Turning Points 2000" an education policy book by Carnegie Corporation

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