Paul Joseph Hoffman was born on August 3, 1963, in Madison, Wisconsin to Raymond and Sharon (McPhail) Hoffman.
He is a 1981 graduate of Wauwatosa East High School and attended both the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, graduating in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications (Radio/TV) and a minor in English.
His nearly 30-year career in journalism consists of working as a sports writer at the Milwaukee Sentinel; assistant sports editor at Pioneer Press newspapers in the Chicago area; sports editor and news editor in Shelbyville, Indiana; news editor in Columbus, Indiana; and has been special publications editor at the Daily Journal in Franklin, Indiana, since January 2001.
His first book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” was published in 2012 by The History Press. It is a true story of the disappearance of an 8-year-old boy in 1925 and the subsequent investigation into the boy’s murder.
He has a small role in the motion picture, “Resurrection,” a B horror movie filmed in Franklin, Indiana in 2010 and 2014. Paul plays “Head Banger,” a man who went mad by ingesting genetically modified food and bangs his head against the exterior of a downtown Franklin building. Click here to see Paul’s Internet Movie Database web page.
Paul is a member of the Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County and Wisconsin historical societies.
He is married to Kimberly Sue Hoffman, has three daughters, a son, two stepdaughters and a granddaughter.
Special publications editor, Daily Journal, Franklin, Ind., Jan. 2001-present
Manage a department that produces 120-plus publications per year, including a weekly community newspaper, a monthly U.S. Army newspaper, monthly business magazine, quarterly magazines for families and baby boomers, several other annual products, as well as annual reports for local nonprofit agencies and other projects. Manage staff writer, graphic designers and freelance writers and photographers.
- Launched an outdoor magazine that filled a niche in our market and increased revenue.
- Successfully directed major redesigns of a weekly newspaper and business magazine to improve content and visual appeal.
- Hired quality freelance writers and photographers to increase the amount and quality of local copy and photos in our publications.
News editor, The Republic, Columbus, Ind., Nov. 1999-Dec. 2000
Responsible for news, sports and business sections, including selection of wire stories and photos, layout, pagination; supervised copy editors, reporters, photographers, graphic designers.
News editor, The Shelbyville News, Shelbyville, Ind., July 1998-Nov. 1999, (317) 398-6631
Responsible for news section of the daily newspaper, including selection of wire stories and photos, layout; supervised copy editors, reporters, photographers, graphic designers.
Sports editor, The Shelbyville News, Shelbyville, Ind., August 1994-July 1998
Had full responsibility for daily sports section, including reporting, feature and column writing, layout, taking photos, making assignments and coordinating special sections. Supervised a staff writer and several freelancers.
Assistant sports editor, Pioneer Press Newspapers, Glenview, Ill., Oct. 1989-July 1994
Sports reporter, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., August 1985-Oct. 1989
Sports reporter, UWM Post, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis., 1984-1985
Sports information assistant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis., 1983-1985
Disc jockey/sports staff member, WLHA Radio, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., 1982-1983
Hoosier State Press Association
First place, best community special section (“Salute”), 2008
First place, best targeted special section (“New You”), 2008
Second place, best targeted special section (“American Home Week”), 2008
Second place, best newspaper design, 1999
Third place, best sports section, 1997
Inland Press Foundation and Newspaper Special Sections Network
Special Sections Idea Competition
Third place, vendor support, circulation under 25,000, “Franklin College Community Campaign,” 2004
Second place, sports, circulation 10,000 to 50,000, “Southside Outdoors,” 2007
Mississippi Valley Classified Advertising Association
Second place, best special section, under 50,000 circulation, “Johnson County Community Foundation Decade of Giving,” 2002
Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors
Third place, deadline sports reporting, 1996
Third place, deadline sports reporting, 1997
Associated Press Sports Editors
Honorable mention, best news story, 1994
Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association
Sportswriter award, 1998
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, specializing in radio/television. Minor in English
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Concentrated on computer science and statistics
Wauwatosa East High School, graduated in top 25 percent of his class. Participated on cross country, track and swimming teams.