Dave Griffiths does freelance writing and editing and travels widely to do writing training, presentation skills training and media relations training for clients ranging from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Red Cross to the Department of Homeland Security to senior executives at a variety of federal agencies to businesses seeking more effective communication skills, from technical writing to email to written sales proposals.
His professional background is journalism, having reported for the Kansas City Star and covered national security for Business Week magazine. After leaving Washington, Dave was a member of the Penn State journalism faculty for six years. Dave was the founding managing editor of the magazine Veterans Business Journal and is now a columnist for a weekly newspaper in Maine. He is also a ghost writer and editor for books and white papers, and conducts seminars for teachers who want to improve their students' writing skills.
He has a degree in English from the University of Virginia and a masters in journalism from the University of Missouri. Dave served as a U.S. Army field artillery officer in Germany and Vietnam.
Dave was named a Fellow with the Poynter Institute of Media Studies' Journalism Educator program, and a Fellow of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Institute for Journalism Excellence. He has written articles on former Defense Secretary Les Aspin's problem with the news media (American Journalism Review), the growth in specialty newsletters (Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists), error in the newsroom (Quill) and the Penn State College of Communications' efforts to incorporate public relations as a major (Journalism Educator).
Dave lives with his wife and two sons in a small town in Maine, where he publishes a municipal newsletter and chairs a three-town school board.