I like hiking, biking, reading, listening to live music, playing congas, hanging with friends, driving with the top down, the First Amendment and trying to predict the new technologies people will use to read, watch, listen and share information.
Here’s the short version of my professional career:
I started as a reporter and thought I would be one for decades. Instead, I was asked to become an editor after two years. I spent the next 21 years as a front-line editor, supervising reporters and other editors and planning news coverage at two newspapers in Florida.
My world changed in 1989 when my wife and I put the Prodigy online service on our first PC and I realized computers would revolutionize how we get news and information. I evangelized the Internet at work and was asked to start building a website in 1995.
My most lasting professional accomplishment thus far is shepherding theledger.com from a single page on the then-young World Wide Web to a network of websites generating upwards of 12 million page views monthly and significant new revenue.
In 2015, I founded lkldnow.com, a community news and information website that combines original reporting with curating of credible news about Lakeland. The site is overseen by the board of a non-profit organization, Linking Community Now.
My wife, Sharon P. Hodges, recently retired as a research professor from the University of South Florida. I am in awe of her and our two accomplished daughters, Laurel Friedman and Amelia Friedman Hart.
I listen to many genres of music. I sometimes wonder why singers record new versions of “Try a Little Tenderness” when nobody will ever outdo Otis Redding.
Read stories on theledger.com that I wrote or that mention me at www.theledger.com/barryfriedman.