Doug Oplinger, Fanning Resident

While serving as the Fanning resident at the Kettering Foundation, Doug Oplinger is leading an Ohio news media collaborative exploring ways to create a trusting and respectful relationship between journalists and the public.

Oplinger was most recently managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal, where he worked for 46 years and was an editor or reporter on three projects awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism and another that won the Casey Medal for Meritorious Service to the community. He specializes in qualitative and quantitative research for reporting on issues critical to the public, among them the economy, education, and governance.

As the project coordinator for the Your Voice Ohio media collaborative, he is guiding engagement experiments that help journalists see themselves as working with the community as co-problem solvers. The project initially will focus on personal and community solutions to the heroin crisis and later consider ways to turn Ohio’s economic decline. His work is in conjunction with the Jefferson Center and Journalism That Matters.

He is a native of Northeast Ohio and obtained his bachelor’s degree in history and political science at the University of Akron and his master’s from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.