Dale Willman is a Murrow award-winning journalist. Currently a freelancer, until recently he was the managing editor (as well as co-founder) of Saratoga Wire, a hyper-local newspaper covering the town of Saratoga Springs, New York, where he lives.

Dale has been an award-winning writer, correspondent, editor and trainer for 40 years. He is a public speaker, and teaches on college campuses on numerous topics, from environmental journalism to media diversity. Willman was also a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia for 2010-2011.

daleWillman spent more than 10 years in various roles at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. During the first Gulf War he provided reporting and hourly newscasts from London. His work was included in NPR’s receipt of the 1991 duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Also while with NPR, Willman shared a Peabody Award for his work on the Lost and Found Sound series broadcast on All Things Considered.

As a correspondent he won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting in 1998 for his CNN Radio series, Broadway’s Dirty Little Secret. He was the only Environmental Correspondent in the history of CNN Radio.

Willman provided coverage of the White House, Capital Hill, Pentagon and State Department for CBS Radio stations, and served as field producer and correspondent for many major events, from U.S.-Soviet Summits to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City.

Willman has also worked as an international journalism trainer for more than 20 years. His training has taken him to five continents. Most recently he has worked with print, TV and radio journalists in Indonesia, training them in investigative techniques for environmental reporting. He also consulted with managers and staff at Green Radio, Indonesia’s first environmentally-focused radio station, helping them to begin integrating new technologies into their programming, most specifically SMS messaging from listeners’ cell phones using a computer program called ‘FrontlineSMS.’ Willman has also worked with journalists from Zambia, Malawi, Croatia, Belize, Bolivia and Thailand, as well as with public radio journalists across the United States


Students in Zambia during journalism training

Willman began his career in Ohio, and has anchored at WCBS in New York City and WTOP in the nation’s capital.

Willman has a master’s degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University and a certificate in Environmental Law and Policy from the graduate school at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The Ohio State University. He has served on the board of a number of environmental journalism organizations, and is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Willman is also past Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Saratoga County (NY) Salvation Army, and a member of the Lower Adirondacks Search and Rescue organization (LASAR). He now lives in upstate New York with his family.

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