Leonard Witt was recruited to KSU in 2002 to be the first holder of the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Journalism. Before then, he was a practicing journalist with a successful career as editor of the <i>Sunday Magazine</i> of the <i>Minneapolis Star Tribune</i>; editor of the <i>Minnesota Monthly Magazine</i>, a for-profit wing of Minnesota Public Radio; and for six years the executive director of the Civic Journalism Initiative of Minnesota Public Radio. In 2008 he was a recipient of the KSU Foundation Distinguished Service Award. The following year, he received the first installment of a $1.5 million grant from the Harnisch Foundation, which created KSU’s Center for Sustainable Journalism. From that time until his retirement in 2019, Witt served as executive director/publisher. The center operates with an annual budget of about $1 million a year, supported primarily by eternal funding. With a focus on juvenile justice issues, the center sustains three online publications: <i>Youth Today</i>, the <i>Juvenile Justice Information Exchange</i> (JJIE), and <i>Bokeh</i>, a photo blog of JJIE.
Interview with Leonard Witt, 2008-08-21 and 2019-01-08, Kennesaw State University oral history series, Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973- , KSU/45/05/001, Kennesaw State University Archives.
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