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Jim Kird

Jim Kirk – Chicago Sun Times Sr. VP and COM Week Keynote Speaker


NORMAL, IL — Illinois State University alumnus Jim Kirk, senior vice-president and editor-in-chief of Sun-Times Media in Chicago, has seen plenty of change in his more than 25 years in the news business. He will talk about that change during his keynote address at 3:35 p.m., Thursday, April 11 at DeGarmo 206 as part of Communication Week on the ISU campus.

For the past year, the 1987 School of Communication graduate has been ultimately responsible for the content published in the Sun-Times’ 40 daily and weekly print and online publications. Earlier in his career, Kirk was a business reporter and columnist at the Sun-Times.

During his keynote address, Kirk will speak about his career experiences and enlighten students about the continuously transforming newspaper and media industry.

“It is a wonderful honor to be back on campus to talk about the ever-changing communications industry,” said Kirk.  “Media companies face tremendous challenges all over the world.”

Kirk believes change is far from fatal to the news business. Opportunities abound.

 “Our industry is not doomed,” he said. “In fact, some of the most dramatic innovation is happening right now. I am looking forward to sharing how, in many ways, it is the most thrilling time to be a part of this expanding media world.”

Since leaving ISU, Kirk as held many top executive positions in the Chicago area. Working at the Chicago Tribune for 11 years and serving as the associate managing editor for four of those opened the door for Kirk to serve as the U.S. Government Team Leader at Bloomberg, the Managing Editor at Chicago News Cooperative, and the Chief of Editorial Operations at Crain’s Chicago Business.

During his time on campus, Kirk plans to visit several academic units, including his academic home, the School of Communication, to meet people and talk about media change.

For additional information about COM Week, contact Denise Thomas at or at (309) 438-3645.

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