Who is Edgar C. Simpson?
Simpson is a first-year doctoral candidate at Ohio University. He began his journalism career as a reporter for United Press International in West Virginia, where he was made state editor after four years covering the statehouse, the state Supreme Court and many statewide issues.
After a short stint as a lead reporter for The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette, he was became metro editor and then managing editor for the Tribune-Chronicle in Warren, Ohio, where he directed the team that won the APME First Amendment award for an investigative series on Open Government.
He became editor of The Joplin Globe, Missouri’s fourth largest newspaper, in 1998. During his time as editor, the newspaper won numerous investigative awards and twice was named “Newspaper of the Year,” by CNHI, the 100-newspaper chain that owned the Globe.
When a longtime friend was elected Ohio Attorney General, he was persuaded (partially by his brother, who wondered whether a professor could really offer perspective to aspiring journalists without experiencing life as both journalist and source) to spend some time on the other side of the notebook as chief of policy and administration. Though a fierce advocate for open records and what he perceived as good government, he was ill-suited for such work and resigned amid a highly publicized scandal. Simpson told the Globe at the time of his resignation: “I knew it was a risk when I took the position. I am more than ever in awe at the power of the press.”