John Wesley Huey Jr.  | American Journalism Review
From AJR,   March 1999

John Wesley Huey Jr.   

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Age: 50
  • Birthplace: Atlanta
  • Education: graduated from the University of Georgia, 1970
  • The résumé: Worked at an Atlanta suburban weekly and as a crime reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; joined the Wall Street Journal in 1975 and worked for the Journal for 13 years as a reporter and editor; developed a Dow Jones Southern business magazine in 1988, never launched; joined Fortune as a contributing editor, 1988; launched Southpoint, another Southern business magazine, for Time Inc., failed within a year; came back to Fortune as senior editor, 1990; named executive editor, 1994; named managing editor, 1995.
  • Honors: Adweek's Editor of the Year, 1998; Advertising Age's Editor of the Year and Business News Reporter's Business Journalist of the Year, 1997.
  • According to various staffers, he's: a cowboy, a shouter, an entertainer, a storyteller, a lovable pain in the ass, honest, unpredictable, irreverent, opinionated, a radar for news.
  • Has been known to say: ``This isn't a story; it's a desperate cry for help.'' ``This thing is as useless as tits on a boar hog.''
  • Books he's reading: Robert A. Caro's ``The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York'' and Don DeLillo's ``Underworld''
  • Favorite music: rhythm and blues (In his high school days, Huey played guitar and sang in rock `n' roll bands.)
  • When he's not working: ``I like to ride around in boats, and I like to fish a little bit. I like to hang out with my friends. Travel.''

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