Rob Curley began his career in 1996 as an education reporter and online editor at a small daily newspaper in Kansas.
For four years, beginning in 2008, he held executive newsroom positions at the Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Media Group. During that period, the Las Vegas Sun became the first news organization in the world to win the top awards in digital journalism (the ONA and EPpy), the top award in broadcast journalism (the duPont) and the top award in print journalism (the Pulitzer).
Prior to heading to Las Vegas, Curley was Vice President of Product Development at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive for two years.
Before joining WPNI, Curley was director of new media and convergence for the Naples Daily News and its sister publications along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
From 2002 to 2004, Curley held management positions in the interactive operations and editorial departments for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. During that time, Curley gained national attention when he became one of the first online editors in the nation chosen to lead a news organization’s entire print and broadcast news operations. In 2004, Editor & Publisher magazine named the Lawrence Journal-World as one the 10 newspapers in the United States that “do it right.” Focusing on the newspaper’s innovative approaches to hyper-local media convergence, the cover story noted that “the paper’s Web innovations are far too numerous to list here.”
From 2000 to 2002, Curley was new media director for the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal. His contributions in that capacity were recognized in 2001 when the Newspaper Association of America named Curley the industry’s New Media Pioneer of the Year, making him the youngest person to win the award. Curley’s journalism career began in 1996 when he was a political reporter for the Topeka newspaper and education reporter and online editor for the Ottawa (Kansas) Herald.
Curley’s ground-breaking work has been documented in everything from college journalism textbooks to industry and mainstream magazines and white papers to even a 20-minute segment on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. In a 2005 Sunday business story, the New York Times referred to Curley’s work in Lawrence as “the newspaper of the future.”
In December 2006, he was named by the National Newspaper of Association’s PRESSTIME magazine as one of the top “20 Under 40,” a feature designed to recognize those who have proven themselves as “change agents within their companies and the industry, providing much needed leadership and vision.”
In 2007, Curley was named to Washingtonian Magazine’s annual list of the Washington D.C. metro area’s “40 under 40.” In the March issue of Creativity Magazine, he was named to the magazine’s annual list of the 50 most creative people in the world.
Curley earned a Bachelor’s of Integrated Studies degree from Emporia (Kansas) State University in 2001.