Biography

Paul Joseph Hoffman was born on August 3, 1963, in Madison, Wisconsin to Raymond and Sharon (McPhail) Hoffman.

He was raised in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee.20130627-paul-hoffman-0106

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.

Experience

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.

Accomplishments:

  • 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

Awards

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

Education

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.

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