Theodore J. Francis

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Jan. 1, 2001 to the present The Wall Street Journal
Staff writer, New York, New York
Cover mutual funds, including explanatory, cautionary and advice articles, industry news and more.
Sept. 5, 2000 to Dec. 31, 2000 The Wall Street Journal's Texas Journal
Staff writer, Dallas, Texas
Covered a wide variety of Texas companies and industries writing the weekly "Heard in Texas" stock column, as well as other stories.
Oct. 20, 1998 to Sept. 1, 2000 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Business writer, Little Rock, Arkansas (daily circulation approx. 180,000)
Covered nursing homes, managed care, insurance, other health-care issues. Also covered economic development, labor and agriculture. Wrote in-depth and spot-news stories under tight deadlines, within beat and beyond. Developed packages, assisted other reporters with research, packaged data for graphics.
June 16, 1997 to Oct. 9, 1998 Daily Record
Municipal reporter, Morris County, New Jersey (daily circulation approx. 50,000)
Wrote regular spot-news, enterprise and in-depth stories; covered crime, schools, government, business, everything else; some courts and general assignment reporting. Covered: Boonton, Boonton Township, Mountain Lakes and Montville (June 16, 1997 - Nov. 30, 1997); Morristown (the county seat), Morris Township and Morris Plains (Dec. 1, 1997 to Oct. 9, 1998).
March 3, 1996 - Aug. 5, 1996Publication Services Inc.
Technical production support assistant, Champaign, Illinois
Built and maintained databases, proofread, helped develop new-media products.
January 5, 1995 - January 17, 1996 Petersburg Pilot
Reporter-photographer, Petersburg, Alaska
Covered commercial fishing, logging, tourism, local business, city government, police, courts, everything else in a town of 3,400. For six months, filled and edited each 16- to 24-page paper alone. Shot photographs and copy-edited.
September 1994 - December 1995Chicago Tribune
Washington bureau intern
Covered and helped cover the Contract with America, U.S. intervention in Haiti, the 1994 elections, baseball strike-negotiations and other local and national stories for front, Tempo, sports and business sections. Through the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism.
August 1990 - June 1994The Daily Illini
City-state editor; city reporter; general-assignment reporter; copy-editor
Assigned and edited stories for 20 student reporters; covered Champaign-Urbana municipal government for a year each; wrote spot news and features.

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September 1996 - May 1997 Master of Science in Journalism with honors
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Courses in investigative, feature, computer-assisted and international reporting; video and radio editing; media law and ethics. Master's project, "Is this any way to train a doctor?", about interns and overwork in New York City hospitals.

August 1990 - June 1994 Bachelor of Science in Journalism, news-editorial
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Communications
Journalism courses in news research, in-depth reporting, magazine writing, communications law, news editing, newspaper design, documentary production and mass communications theory.
Related coursework in photography, sociology, political science, narrative writing, literature, German, Portuguese, economics, juvenile delinquency and history.
Other coursework in political philosophy and sociology, astronomy, religious studies and anthropology.

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Green Eyeshade Awards
Atlanta Society of Professional Journalists
First place, business reporting
Ark. AP Managing Editors
First place, health-related topics
Third place, business reporting
Third place, service to freedom of information
Katie Awards
Dallas Press Club
Finalist, business features


Ark. Society of Professional Journalists
Outstanding New Journalist (portfolio)
Ark. AP Managing Editors
First place, health-related topics
N.J. Press Association
First place, public service reporting (staff heroin series)


Alaska Press Association
First place, historical features


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Journalism
Hugh Hefner Magazine Scholarship

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