Bill Mitchell became NCR publisher in August 2020 after serving for a year as our first climate editor. He took on the additional role of CEO/President in November 2020. Bill first wrote for NCR as a student at the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and served on the NCR board from 1998 to 2004. As a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and Knight Ridder, his assignments included city hall bureau chief, Washington correspondent and European correspondent. He was Detroit bureau chief for TIME, director of electronic publishing at the San Jose Mercury News, editor of Universal UClick and editor of Poynter Online. He has also taught journalism ethics at the University of Detroit and Northeastern University. He lives in Brookline, Ma. You can reach him at or 816-968-2259.

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