Ever since Paul Hoffman was young, he’s been digging for answers to life’s questions. His fifth-grade teacher, Cynthia Chovanec, noted his enthusiasm for finding the truth, writing on his report card: “Paul knows the value of research materials. He knows where to find the information he seeks.”
Paul has been using that inquisitive nature and penchant for getting questions answered throughout his professional career as a journalist as well as with his two published books.
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.
“Wicked Columbus, Indiana,” his second book, published in June 2017 by the same publisher, tells the true tales of some of that city’s more salacious stories.
Paul J. Hoffman was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to Raymond and Sharon (McPhail) Hoffman and was raised in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee.
His journalism experience 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 special publications editor at the Daily Journal in Franklin, Indiana, his position since 2001.
He is a graduate of Wauwatosa East High School and attended both the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, graduating from the latter with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications (Radio/TV sequence) and a minor in English.
His creative nature has led to small roles in two motion pictures, as well as producing a bevy of poems and song lyrics.
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
News editor, The Republic, Columbus, Ind., Nov. 1999-Dec. 2000
News editor, The Shelbyville News, Shelbyville, Ind., July 1998-Nov. 1999
Sports editor, The Shelbyville News, Shelbyville, Ind., August 1994-July 1998
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
Second place, noninserted niche publication (“Southside Wedding”), 2012
Second place, special section tab or broadsheet, dailies circulation 6,001 or more (“Business Exchange”), 2015
Third place, best sports section, 1997
Honorable mention, Special section tab or broadsheet, dailies circulation 6,001 or more (“Holiday Guide”), 2015
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
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Indiana Area Council
First place, Outstanding Marketing & Communications, for Boys & Girls Club of Franklin annual report, 2016
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.