Career journalist, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas and founder/editor of masterstrack.com
Ken earned a bachelor of science in journalism degree from the University of Kansas, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and worked at 10 newspapers, including 24 years at The San Diego Union-Tribune.
He also has this digital journalism experience:
In February 1996, he founded the Masters Track & Field Home Page. It won AOL Member Home Page of the Week in November 1996.
In 1999, he registered masterstrack.com and within a few years it was ranked No. 1 in Google for “masters track” searches. He also edited and co-wrote “Masters Track & Field: A History” (McFarland & Co., 2000).
In 2003, Ken started a blog at masterstrack.com. As of February 2015, it had 4,800 posts and 27,000 comments. In 2009, he won the first Adam Jacobs Memorial Award for excellence in online journalism from TAFWA, Track and Field Writers of America.
Also in 2003, he moved from the sports copy desk at The San Diego Union-Tribune to the paper’s website, SignOnSanDiego.com, and was part of a team that won an “online Pulitzer” from the Online News Association for breaking news coverage of the 2003 county wildfires.
In 2004, he was the first to live-blog the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field. Ken was online production coordinator at SignOn until June 2010, responsible for posting the print edition online, working with the print newsroom and updating the site’s homepage late at night.
In July 2010, Ken became founding editor of La Mesa Patch, which won a third-place award in 2011 for “best overall news site” from the San Diego Press Club. He was promoted to associate regional editor for central and southern San Diego County in March 2012, and eventually came to oversee seven editors and 10 Patch hyperlocal news sites.
He now serves as contributing editor of Times of San Diego, an online news outlet that had 1.24 million visitors in its first year and another Press Club honoree for news site. He freelances, and his photos have appeared on NBC's "Today" show and WBUR Boston's website.