Born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Glenview, Bob earned a B.A. degree at the University of Notre Dame in Politics and International Relations and then a Master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Missouri. During his college years, he worked during the summers as assistant tournament director of the Western Open Golf championship in Chicago.
After graduating from Missouri, Bob was hired by The Miami Herald, where he was an editor for the state desk and Neighbors micro-local section before being promoted to the Miami city desk.
He served as night city editor, weekend/projects editor and the supervising editor for high-profile beats such as pre-K-12 and higher education, environment, law enforcement and legal affairs. He also edited Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen and oversaw national and international hurricane coverage, including major storms such as Andrew and Katrina.
During his time on the city desk, Bob was an editor on the teams that won four Pulitzer Prizes.
After 12 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, he accepted a full-time opportunity in the School of Communication to mentor the student journalists at The Miami Hurricane, which won more than 200 national awards during his tenure. He also taught several core writing and reporting courses.
Bob moved to The Children’s Movement of Florida in March 2016, joining a cause he cares deeply about. For nearly 35 years. his wife, Cathy, has worked as a preschool teacher and director, teacher trainer and parenting educator before joining the YMCA of South Florida as executive director of the preschool programs.
They have three children, now adults who benefited an excellent early-childhood education.
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