James O’Shea is an author and long-time Chicago journalist who now lives in Cary, North Carolina. Prior to his move, O’Shea was CEO and co-founder of CityXones, a local news start-up in Chicago. He is still has ties to the company. Prior to CityXones, O’Shea was the Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan. A former executive editor of the Los Angeles Times and managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, he is the author of three books, including “The Deal From Hell,” a non-fiction narrative about the tragedy that sent the Tribune Company, owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, into the hands of real estate mogul Sam Zell and bankruptcy court. O’Shea is also a co-founder and former editor of the Chicago News Cooperative, a journalistic start-up that produced Chicago news for its own website and newsletter and for the Midwest edition of The New York Times. Prior to his news management career, O’Shea was a reporter, editor and widely-traveled correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the Des Moines Register. He is the recipient of numerous journalism awards and is a contributor to the National Book Review .
He is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, a contributor to the National Book Review, and a member of numerous media boards, including his recent appointment to the board of directors of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, which serves an audience of 27.5 million in 22 countries spread across the Middle East and North Africa.
O’Shea will share his approach to story-telling for attendees of the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat.