Veteran writer, editor and teacher dedicated to improving lives through journalism
- Finding stories that my audience cares about
- Banging out clear copy on deadline
- Crafting long-form feature and explanatory narratives
- Finding and analyzing documents to build investigations
- Producing and posting content for Web and social media
- Managing copy flow and distribution across platforms
- Guiding colleagues to better journalism
- Keeping the reader in mind
On the Job
Forum for Youth Investment Nov. 2011 to present
Communications Director for nonprofit that helps communities improve youth services and disseminates research about youth development.
Responsible for establishing and overseeing communications process and strategy for all print and electronic products (e.g., case studies, reports, brochures, blogs and social media); editing and ensuring quality control for communications products released by the Forum (e.g., papers) and produced for clients (e.g., public reports); developing and implementing procedures for staff to communicate about field work and research; helping client organizations communicate about their efforts to help young people.
Youth Today March 1998 to Nov. 2011
Editor of national, nonprofit news service for people who work with youth and manage youth programs, primarily in the areas of after-school, education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health and employment.
Created editorial systems and policies; established direction, standards and content of newspaper and website; oversaw construction and revision of website, and redesign of newspaper; assigned and edited articles by staff and freelancers; wrote feature and investigative articles; initiated electronic products; oversaw editorial budget; contributed to grant proposals and carried out grant commitments.
Car & Travel Monthly Jan. 1994 to Feb. 1998
- Senior editor of 700,000‑circulation magazine published by AAA. Responsible for cover stories, editorials and other articles, and editing freelance copy.
- Served as the chief spokesman for AAA in the New York metropolitan area; extensive experience in newspaper, television and radio interviews.
The Washington Times Nov. 1986 to Oct. 1992
Metro reporter and part‑time desk editor with responsibilities for covering beats, initiating investigative projects and coordinating teams of reporters on breaking news. Specialized in social services, youth and crime.
The New York City Tribune Sept. 1984 to Nov. 1986
Metro reporter and desk editor, responsible for breaking news and investigative projects focusing on crime and social services.
The Watertown Daily Times April to Sept. 1984
Sole beat reporter for a region 100 miles from newspaper’s main office, along Canadian border. Covered government, schools, business, environment and community life.
The Bridgehampton Sun May 1981 to July 1983
Reporter, then managing editor of Long Island weekly newspaper. Covered government, environment, real estate and crime. Supervised staff of five reporters and art director. Led paper to numerous state and local journalism awards.
Freelanced for The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsday, ABC News, American Journalism Review, the (New York) Daily News, Child magazine, Parenting magazine, Long Island Parents & Children magazine, Woman’s Day and Spy.
Scout’s Honor – Investigative book about sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America (Prima, 1994).
The Stanford Social Innovation Review – “Aligning Collective Impact Initiatives,” published in Collective Insights on Collective Impact supplement, Fall 2014, Vol. 12(4).
The Journal of Interpersonal Violence – “How Youth-Serving Organizations Enable Acquaintance Molesters,” October 2014, Vol. 29(15).
Huffington Post – Blog about parenting (2009-present).
A Father’s Place – Monthly column on fathering for The Gazette, a weekly newspaper chain in Maryland owned by the Washington Post Co. (2000-2006).
Teaching & Facilitating
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism – Senior fellow and workshop presenter (2011-present) for Health Journalism Fellowships. Responsible for coaching journalists fellows through the production of ambitious projects about community health.
Philip Merrill College of Journalism – Adjunct instructor, news writing and beat coverage, 2004-2007.
Urban Institute – Moderator of panel discussions on national youth issues, held for journalists and policy experts, at Urban Institute headquarters in Washington, D.C. 2007-2010.
Chapin Hall/University of Chicago – Moderator of webinars on policy and research about youth, held for policymakers and service providers, 2008-2010.
Youth Today – Creator and moderator of day-long seminar on the history and policies of U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Nov. 2009, Washington, D.C.
Judge – Education Writers Association annual journalism contest, 2010; Journalism Center on Children and Families annual journalism contest, 2011.
American Society of Business Publication Editors
- Third place, features (central region), 2002, for story about youth who run away from government care, such as foster homes and residential treatment facilities.
Society of Professional Journalists/Long Island
- First place, opinion writing, 2001, for magazine essay about toddler helping dad do home repairs.
- Third place, humorous column, 1998, for Newsday commentary on toy registries for children.
- First place, editorial writing, 1983, for editorial on environmental protection.
- Cub Reporter of the Year, 1981.
Society of Professional Journalists/Washington, D.C.
- First place, spot news, 1989, for report on how rescuers saved the life of a child tossed from a burning apartment.
Maryland‑Delaware‑D.C. Press Association
- First place, series, 1991, for investigative project on sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts.
- Second place, government reporting, 1989, for demonstrating how convicts could fool city drug-testing program by submitting apple juice and buying urine.
- Honorable mention, features, 1991, for story about the emotional struggles of Washingtonians whose children were murdered.
National Newspaper Association
- Third place, investigative reporting, 1989, for series about a squalid rooming house where mental patients died under horrid conditions.
- Honorable Mention, investigative series, 1992, for Boy Scout project.
University of Missouri, Science School of Journalism
- First place, reporting on interpersonal violence, 1992, for Boy Scout project.
National Headliner Awards
- Third place, series, 1992, for Boy Scout project.
New York Press Association
- Third place, regular column, weekly newspapers, 1981.
Philip Merrill College of Journalism – Master of Journalism, 2004.
University of Dayton – B.A., Communication Arts, 1981.
- Flyer News: Assistant news editor of college semi‑weekly, sports and news reporter.
- Speech and Debate Team: President, 1979‑81. Won 36 intercollegiate speaking awards.
Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families – Fellow, February 2001.
American Press Institute – One-week seminar on investigative reporting, 1991.
Washington Center for Learning Alternatives – Two-week journalism seminar, May 1980.
Personal site – www.patrickboyle.us
The Hoax Project, Philip Merrill College of Journalism – jclass.umd.edu/archive/newshoax
Georgetown Preparatory High School, North Bethesda, Md. – Member of Parents’ Club, chairman of the Father’s Club (2012-15).
Montgomery County Swim League – Certified starter and stroke & turn judge for swim meets (2011-present).
Other Youth Sports – Coached baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse, ran wrestling team – for Little League (Lindenhurst, N.Y) and Olney (Md.) Boys & Girls Club (1996-2012).
Olney Master Plan Advisory Group – Member of group that advised Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission on Olney Mast