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Teen mental health series

Teen reform reporting

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Matthew Franck // @mattfranck

A seasoned journalist, editor and manager with 20 years experience at publications large and small. A leader of reporters who have won numerous state and national awards for breaking, investigative and enterprise reporting. An organized and effective administrator. A creative motivator who improves the productivity, morale and performance of journalists.


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

Part of a leadership team that oversees 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. Charged with monitoring the quality and output of multiple teams of journalists -- in addition to serving as the frontline editor to seven reporters covering a broad range of beats.

2007–14 / Assistant metro editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Responsible for direct oversight of a team of as many eight journalists covering education, child policy, demographics, science, religion and the environment. Have executed a broad range of  projects including web redesigns and serving four years as the paper’s 100 Neediest Cases campaign coordinator. Routinely called on as a substitute news editor to oversee all A-section production.

 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, including gay marriage, the overhaul of the state’s school funding formula, and a ballot measure of embryonic stem cell research.

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

Provided highly 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 on student performance and a dysfunctional school board. Recognized by state press associations for several projects.

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

Provided nearly all federal and state political reporting for a mid-sized paper. Covered the first open congressional race in the district in 34 years, while also writing on the whole spectrum of public policy.


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

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

Awards / Distinctions

2013 Edited a project that sent two reporters to Afghanistan for five weeks.

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.

2006  North American Travel Journalists Association, runner-up, best family travel story

2006  Missouri press award, second place agricultural reporting

2004  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

1998  New Mexico Press Women, first place, special series, second place N.M. AP investigative reporting.

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