Title: Retired Newspaper Editor and Manager
Company: The Register
Location: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
David Witke, Freelance Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.
Inspired by his old brother who had written for his high school newspaper, Mr. Witke decided to pursue journalism, earning a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Northwestern University in 1959 and reporting for The Daily Northwestern during his time at the institution. Following his education, he held numerous positions for The Register in Des Moines, IA, working for the publication for nearly 50 years. During his 12 years as managing editor of The Des Moines Register, the publication won five Pulitzer Prizes. Though he did not write do reporting for the award-winning pieces, Mr. Witke supervised and edited the works. During his last year as managing editor in 1984, Time Magazine named The Des Moines Register one of the ten best newspapers in North America. Another highlight Mr. Witke fondly remembers is while working on the Iowa Freedom of Information Council in Des Moines, he helped write the Iowa Open Records Law. In addition to his career in journalism, Mr. Witke has been a lieutenant junior grade of the US Navy from 1959 to 1962.
Related to his career, Mr. Witke holds membership with the advisory board of Simpson College. He is a representative of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council in Des Moines, previously serving as president from 1986 to 1988. Mr. Witke’s other responsibilities have included adjunct faculty member for Simpson College and a Pulitzer Prize juror at Columbia University. Mr. Witke has shared his knowledge with others as a visiting lecturer for Iowa State University and Drake University and continues to lecture in the field of journalistic education. Bettering any organization with which he is affiliated, Mr. Witke has been a member of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, the Mid-America Newspaper Association, the Associated Press Sports Editors Association, the Iowa Newspaper Foundation, The Prairie Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. In recognition of his success, Mr. Witke has been included in the Hall of Fame of the Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, IA, has been lauded with The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the Midwest.
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