Ever since Paul J. 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 used that inquisitive nature and penchant for getting questions answered throughout his 34-year career as a journalist, with his two published non-fiction books, and now as the owner of PathBinder Publishing.
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,” published in 2017 by the same publisher, tells the true tales of some of that city’s more salacious stories.
He published two books of memoirs and essays with his fledgling publishing company, 18% Gray Publishing, in the spring of 2020 before purchasing PathBinder Publishing in May of that year from Heather Hummel Gallagher, who had helped him negotiate his first contract as an author.
Under 18% Gray, he published “Shut Up and Listen: Me vs. Me – Confessions of a Bipolar Rock and Roller” by Rob McCuen and “The Tales of Hoffman(n): Memoirs, Essays and More Covering World War II All the Way to Coronoavirus” by his father, Raymond J. Hoffman.
Paul was born in Madison, Wisconsin, 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; special publications editor at the Daily Journal in Franklin, Indiana, and group special publications editor for AIM Media Indiana, based in Columbus, Indiana. He put a halt to his journalism career in September 2019 to concentrate on writing.
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 motion pictures and plays, as well as producing a bevy of poems and song lyrics. He still has plans to finish that one children’s book and that novel based in Ireland.
He lives in Columbus, Indiana, is an avid fan of all Wisconsin sports teams, owns one share of stock in the Green Bay Packers, and ran the length of the field (and back) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay after a Packers preseason game when he was 7 years old.
He is married to fellow author, Kimberly Sue Hoffman, has three daughters, a son, two stepdaughters and a granddaughter.
Owner/Creative Director, PathBinder Publishing, Columbus, Ind., May 2020-present
Owner, 18% Gray Publishing, Columbus, Ind., March 2020-present.
Group Special Publications Editor, AIM Media Indiana, Columbus, Ind., Nov. 2017-Sept. 2019
Special publications editor, Daily Journal, Franklin, Ind., Jan. 2001-Nov. 2017
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 information assistant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis., 1983-1985
Disc jockey, WLHA Radio, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., 1982-1983
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (Radio/TV). Minor in English.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Concentrated on computer science and statistics.
Wauwatosa East High School, graduated in top 25 percent of class. Participated in cross country, track and swimming.