Howard Saltz got his first newspaper byline at age 12, when a weekly in the Bronx, N.Y., published his essay in its annual Mother’s Day writing contest. Four decades later he became a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor.
Yes, Saltz held several journalism jobs in between: reporter, editor, publisher, corporate news executive, academic. (See Howard Saltz’ jobs on the Howard Saltz Journalism History page.)
Saltz was Editor-in-Chief of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel from 2011 to 2018, and added the publisher’s job from 2016 to 2018. The Fort Lauderdale newspaper in 2013 won the most prestigious award in journalism: the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. It was the first Pulitzer Prize in the newspaper's 102-year history.
As top executive of the Sun-Sentinel Media Group, Saltz was responsible for the daily newspaper, the Spanish-language El Sentinel, the entertainment website SouthFlorida.com, 11 community weeklies, the weekly Jewish Journal (the largest Jewish newspaper in the U.S.) and magazines, and all web, mobile and video platforms. The Sun-Sentinel Media Group is the largest source of print and digital news in English in South Florida.
Saltz was a pioneer in digital journalism, having served as vice president for digital content for one of the nation's largest newspaper groups from 2006 to 2010.
Saltz was most recently on the journalism faculty at Florida International University and was for several years the Knight Foundation Innovator-in-Residence there.
Separately, Howard Saltz has been involved in real estate acquisition, operations and sales of apartment buildings and single-family rental homes in the Denver area since 2001. (For details, see Howard Saltz' Real Estate page.)
Howard Saltz is a native of the Bronx, N.Y., and a lifelong Yankees fan. His wife is an Emmy-winning TV reporter whose first book was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Their daughter attends Carnegie Mellon University. Howard Saltz loves to ski and to travel, and is a regular attendee of the annual fringe festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. (To read more about Howard Saltz see More about Howard Saltz Page.)
He considers seedless watermelon mankind’s crowning achievement. Before that, he believes, the species didn’t have much to show for itself. (The Sistine Chapel? Eh.)
Howard Saltz does not usually write in the third person and finds it uncomfortable.
He speaks frequently – in the first person – to community groups, universities and industry organizations, and was a regular guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh for many years and at Cal State University for a couple. Howard Saltz is available for speaking engagements. (For more on Howard’s past and present speaking engagements, see the Howard Saltz Journalism Education, Speaking Engagements and Awards page.)
Howard was from 2015 to 2018 the Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Florida International University’s School of Communication + Journalism. He was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2016 and 2017.
(To see Howard’s education history and journalism, see the Howard Saltz Education, Speaking Engagements and Awards page and the Journalism History page.)