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Editor, Western-Farmer Stockman
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Vancouver, WA 98684
With two major farms in his family as T.J. was growing up in rural Michigan, he learned first-hand about the hardships of ranching and crop production from his uncles. It's this connection to farming that fuel's his enthusiasm for covering agriculture in a seven-state area.
When T.J. decided in the 9th grade that he wanted to become a journalist, the decision launched him on a career track that started with his service as editor of his high school newspaper and moved on to the University of Michigan where he earned a journalism degree in 1965.
After two years in the U.S. Army, he went to work for the Sacramento Bee in California in 1968. His eventual move into agricultural journalism, T. J. says, came easy. After working on the city desk at the Bee for about a year, he was given the opportunity to join the agriculture division of the newspaper's parent company, McClatchy Newspapers, and "found my home among the fresh air and friendly contacts in farming," T. J. says. "Even after being given the opportunity to return to the Bee city desk, I turned it down in favor of the beat I found interesting and challenging." T. J. served for as agricultural editor until 1983.
That year, Farm Press called, hiring him to be the editor of their California edition. He launched the publication's Sacramento bureau and ran it for 11 years. In the mid-90s, T. J. went into freelance, spending the next four years as the principal in Burnham Media Service, producing agricultural copy from California for practically every major farm publication.
In 1998, Farm Progress made him an offer he could not refuse, naming him an associate editor for California Farmer, Oregon Farmer-Stockman and Washington Farmer-Stockman. T. J. was able to continue his longstanding love affair with agricultural journalism when Farm Progress merged six western titles to create Western Farmer-Stockman and named him editor.
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