Introducing Berkeleyan's New Managing Editor
Posted August 25, 1999
Holeman comes to Berkeley from Arizona State University, where as editor/publisher in the Media Relations & Public Information Office he was primarily responsible for editing and production of ASU Insight, a weekly newspaper serving ASU's three campuses. In his two years there, he supervised a staff of 10 and oversaw long-term editorial planning, a redesign of the paper and a transition to electronic publishing format.
"We are very fortunate to have found someone with Jeff's experience, creativity and enthusiasm," said Mitchell Block, associate director of University Communications and manager of Publishing, Design and Multimedia Communications. "With Jeff leading our talented Berkeleyan staff, we can look forward to the continued improvement of Berkeleyan so that it truly serves our readers."
Holeman first developed his strong interest in higher education and public relations (which he refers to as "doing good and getting credit for it") while an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. There he wrote for the student newspaper and served as an intern in the University Relations Office.
Two days after graduating, he began working at the High Point Enterprise, a North Carolina daily newspaper in a highly competitive local media market. In his six years as a reporter and editor at the Enterprise, he covered hard news, education and local and state government.
Holeman looks forward to tailoring Berkeleyan to meet the needs and interests of its readers. "I'd like people who work here to feel an attachment to the paper," he says. "I want to tell the university's good stories and be honest, upfront and candid with employees about decisions that affect their jobs."
A lover of skis, cheese and chocolate, "not necessarily in that order," as well as the ocean, Holeman recently moved to the Bay Area from landlocked Phoenix with his one-year old black Labrador Retriever, Jagger.
At Berkeleyan, he may be reached at email@example.com or 643-8012.