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Tim Franklin

Tim Franklin

Senior Associate Dean, Professor and John M. Mutz Chair in Local News

Tim Franklin is senior associate dean, professor and John M. Mutz Chair in Local News.

Before joining Medill in June 2017, Franklin was the president of The Poynter Institute, a leading international school for journalists and a media think tank. The nonprofit Institute teaches more than 100,000 people annually, and it publishes one of the world’s most influential media news sites. Franklin led a resurgence of Poynter, nearly doubling its annual revenue in three years, forging partnerships with major media and technology companies, creating the International Fact-Checking Network and establishing a chair in journalism ethics.

Franklin has been the top editor of three metropolitan newspapers, The Indianapolis Star, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun. His newsrooms won numerous national journalism awards, and The Sun was a Pulitzer Prize finalist during his tenure. Before joining Poynter in 2014, Franklin was a Managing Editor in the Washington bureau of Bloomberg News, helping oversee coverage of the White House, Congress, Supreme Court and many federal agencies.

In 2009, Franklin was the founding director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University, and the Louis A. Weil Jr. Endowed Chair. While there, he helped create the nation’s first master’s degree program in sports journalism. 

He began his career at the Chicago Tribune, where he was a reporter and editor for 17 years. Franklin covered Cook County government, Chicago City Hall and the Illinois Statehouse. He rose to become an associate managing editor, overseeing the Tribune’s award-winning sports and business sections.

Franklin is helping lead the Medill Local News Initiative, a research-and-development project designed to bolster the sustainability of local news in America. 

Franklin serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Better Government Association, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization and watchdog in Illinois.

Awards And Honors

Franklin is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Journalism. As a senior at IU, Franklin was named the nation’s most outstanding journalism student by the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2016, Mooresville (Ind.) High School named him the school’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Franklin has been a Pulitzer Prize jurist twice.