Douglas Burns is a fourth-generation Iowa journalist and co-owner of The Carroll Daily Times Herald. Burns writes a twice-weekly column - "Taking Note" - for the Daily Times Herald's editorial page. In addition Burns covers city hall, state and national politics, business and government and handles general assignment and feature work. Burns writes the "Political Mercury" column for Des Moines' Cityview newspaper.
After graduating from Carroll High School in 1987, Burns went to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He wrote for The Palm Beach Post in Florida, then covered energy policy for Inside Washington Publishers of Arlington, Va. He also worked for The Ames Tribune for two years. From 1995 to 1996, Burns served as the Washington, D.C., -based press secretary for U.S. Rep. Pat Danner of Missouri.
Burns has been back at his family's daily paper in Carroll since December 1996.
In 2007, Burns was one of the co-founding fellows of Iowa Independent.com. Burns' work also has appeared in Salon.com and at the Center For Rural Strategies' Daily Yonder. He is a frequent guest on Iowa Public Radio. Burns has interviewed President Obama seven times -- six as a candidate and once as president.
DOUGLAS WILSON BURNS
275 Hillcrest Drive
Carroll, Iowa 51401
(712) 792-3573 Ext. 23 (work)
DAILY TIMES HERALD. Co-owner/reporter/columnist (12/96 to present)
Carroll, Iowa -- Cover political, business, sports and general-interest stories, specializing in government affairs. Column appears twice weekly on the editorial page. Experience editing and developing page layouts.
IOWA INDEPENDENT. Founding fellow of Washington, D.C-based Center for Independent Media news and commentary Web site in Iowa (4/07 to11/08)
Western Iowa — Intense coverage of presidential race and other politics in Iowa. Wrote news, commentary and investigative stories. Contributed daily blog posts on political and business news. Responsible for all western Iowa coverage.
CONGRESSWOMAN PAT DANNER. Communications Director (9/95 to 11/96)
Washington, DC -- Organize all aspects of the Congresswoman’s news media operation. Develop all news releases, columns, speeches and media advisories. Write, record and send radio actualities. Organize television opportunities. Serve as main spokesperson.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE. Reporter (2/94 to 9/95)
Ames, Iowa -- Covered government, education, crime and sports.
INSIDE WASHINGTON PUBLISHERS. Associate Editor (9/92 to 2/94)
Arlington, Va. -- Covered energy issues for independent newsletter. Wrote investigative articles on federal/state legislation affecting the electric power industry.
DAILY TIMES HERALD. Reporter (6/91 to 6/92)
Covered government, features, business, education and sports.
THE PALM BEACH POST. Reporting intern (3/90 to 6/90)
West Palm Beach, Fla. -- Spent three-month internship as a general assignment reporter on the metro desk. Edited national wire copy and wrote headlines.
THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN. Reporter (9/88 to 3/91)
Political writer and crime beat reporter. Political writer for two academic years. Coverage included local and statewide campaigns.
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY. Evanston, Illinois (1987 to 1991)
BSJ from the Medill School of Journalism with a major in print journalism, concentration in history.
Newspaper Writing Awards
Small and Medium Daily Divisions
Iowa Newspaper Association
First Place — Master Columnist — 2011
First Place — Newspaper Web log — 2010
First Place — Master Columnist — 2009
First Place — News Story — 2008
First Place — News Feature — 2008
First Place — Sports Columnist — 2006
First Place — Excellence in Editorial Writing — 2003
First Place — Sports Columnist — 2003
First Place — Master Columnist — 2002
First Place — Sports Columnist — 2002
First Place — Personality Feature — 1999
Associated Press (Iowa)
First Place — Editorial Writing — 2011
First Place — Continuing News Coverage — 2011
First Place — Business writing — 2011
First Place — Business Features — 2011
First Place — Business Story — 2010
First Place — Business Feature — 2010
First Place — Business Story — 2009
First Place — Business Feature — 2009
First Place — Business Feature — 2006
First Place — Ongoing News Coverage — 2006
First Place — Column writing — 2004
First Place — Sports Column Writing — 2004
First Place — Editorial Writing — 2002
First Place — Editorial Writing — 2001
First Place — Editorial Writing — 2000
First Place — Sports Feature — 1999