Bill Mitchell became NCR publisher in August 2020 after serving for a year as our first climate editor. He took on the additional role of CEO/President in November 2020.

Bill first wrote for NCR as a freshman at the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and served on the NCR board from 1998 to 2004. As a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and Knight Ridder, his assignments included three years each as city hall bureau chief, Washington correspondent and European correspondent based in Vienna.

After serving as city editor and assistant managing editor for investigations at the Free Press, he left the world of newspapers to become Detroit bureau chief for TIME. He was later named director of electronic publishing at the San Jose Mercury News and led the team that produced one of the first digital newspapers, Mercury Center, in 1993. While still based in Silicon Valley, he became editor of Universal UClick and later moved to St. Petersburg, Fl. to become editor of Poynter Online and Poynter's marketing director. While at Poynter, a school for working journalists, he started the Clergy Abuse Tracker, which was subsequently passed along to NCR and later to Bill has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.

Bill has taught journalism ethics at the University of Detroit and Northeastern University. He lives in Boston with his wife of 51 years, Carol, a clinical psychologist and spiritual director. They are the parents of three grown children and six grandchildren. You can reach Bill at or 816-968-2259.

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A note from the publisher

When I wrote my first story for NCR as a college freshman in 1967, I had no idea I'd end up as its publisher and CEO a half century later. NCR is on a positive trajectory. Now is the time to begin the search for its next leader.


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