Richard Aregood is the Charles R. Johnson professor of communications at the University of North Dakota, teaching media writing and editing skills as well as studying the prairie populists. He is also public editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, which would never use a fancy word like “ombudsman.”
Previously, Aregood was senior vice president of the Marcus Group, a public relations and crisis management firm. While there, he authored a pointed, left-wing op-ed on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia which won a PR News Platinum PR Award. This article was also credited with a favorable settlement for the hospital in its dispute with a major insurer.
His newspaper writing has been honored with the Pulitzer Prize, three American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Awards, the Scripps-Howard Walker Stone Award, and a National Headliner Award. After serving as police reporter, day city editor, deputy sports editor, and rock critic (a job in which he had the honor of passing the ganja with Bob Marley), he became editorial page editor of the Daily News. He was also editorial page editor of the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., and has written for publications ranging from The Guardian to the National Enquirer.
Aregood previously taught at Rutgers and the University of South Florida. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Grand Forks with a dog and a cat. Their son, J.T., is a student at Beloit College.