Tim Franklin, a nationally recognized editor and educator, is the president of The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism. Franklin joined Poynter in February 2014, after serving as managing editor of Bloomberg News in Washington. Previously, he was the editor of three metropolitan newspapers, and he was the founding director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University. Franklin is only the fifth president of Poynter since it was founded in 1975. He succeeded Karen Dunlap, who retired after a decade as president.
Franklin graduated from Indiana University, where he edited the daily student newspaper and was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists as the top college journalism student in the country. He was named an Indiana University School of Journalism Distinguished Alum in 2012, an award that recognizes the profession’s leaders. He started his career at the Chicago Tribune, where he was an award-winning reporter who covered Cook County government, City Hall and the Illinois Statehouse. He eventually became an associate managing editor overseeing the Tribune’s sports and business sections. He was the top editor at the Indianapolis Star, the Orlando Sentinel and the Baltimore Sun, where his newsrooms won numerous national awards. The Sun was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Most recently, he helped direct daily news coverage from Bloomberg’s bureau in Washington, which has some 200 journalists. Between the newspapers and Bloomberg, Franklin launched the nation’s leading academic program for sports media students at Indiana University. Under Franklin’s direction, the center established partnerships with the nation’s two largest sports media organizations. And, IU became the first school in the nation to offer a graduate degree program in sports journalism.
Franklin has twice served as a jurist for the Pulitzer Prize. He co-chaired the American Society of News Editors Freedom of Information Committee for five years, and served on its board of directors from 2009-2010. He’s a member of the national advisory boards of the Elon University School of Communications, the National Sports Journalism Center and the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies. Franklin also is on the boards of the Times Publishing Inc., the Florida Society of News Editors, and the St. Petersburg Innovation District. He was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at Mooresville High School in Indiana. He was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
Franklin is married to Alison Franklin, an attorney. They have twin children, a son, Andrew, who graduated from Duke University and is now a graduate student at Yale University, and a daughter, Abby, who graduated from Elon University and now works as a social media strategist in Nashville.